Dan Hardy thinks McGregor is a better martial artist than PoirierGet the Full StoryDan Hardy speaks to the audience during the broadcast for a UFC Fight Night event at Etihad Arena on July 26, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Jeff Bottari Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
I think he s got a better mastery of range and striking, a better understanding of the application of martial arts and how to work somebody over psychologically as well. Former UFC analyst and commentator Dan Hardy thinks Conor McGregor is a better martial artist than Dustin Poirier, labelling the Irishman a true master of his craft ahead of the pair s upcoming trilogy bout at UFC 264.
Hardy, who correctly predicted that Poirier would utilize calf kicks to devastating success against McGregor at UFC 257, thinks The Notorious is the superior technician but questions whether the former champ champ is as hungry as he once was.
I do think he s a better martial artist just generally than Poirier. I think he s got a better mastery of range and striking, a better understanding of the application of martial arts and how to work somebody over psychologically as well, Hardy told Submission Radio in a recent interview h t Sportskeeda .
You ve got to earn it as well, he added. You can t just get in there with the skills that you ve earned in your early career and expect it to carry you all the way, especially when you ve got a dog in front of you like Poirier who ll just take you into deep waters and see what you re made of.
Poirier folded McGregor in the second round of their last fight, tying the score 1-1 after McGregor KO d Poirier in their first encounter at UFC 178 when both men used to compete at featherweight.
UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor 3 takes place this Saturday, July 10 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.