Justin Gaethje predicts Conor McGregor will beat Dustin Poirier in UFC 257 thriller as 'The Highlight' eyes winner

JUSTIN GAETHJE is backing Conor McGregor to do the business against Dustin Poirier next month.

Former two-division champion McGregor will renew his rivalry with Poirier on January 23 in the main event of UFC 257.

The Notorious made light work of his old featherweight rival in their first meeting six years ago at UFC 178, registering a devastating first-round KO victory.

Both men have come on leaps and bounds since that night at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena, with McGregor going on to win UFC gold at 145 and 155lbs and Poirier claiming the interim lightweight title.

But Gaethje reckons 'Mystic Mac' still has the beating of 'The Diamond'.

He told Helen Yee: "This is two really high-level fighters. Conor's really good. I do see him probably winning.

"I don't know. It'll be interesting to see if Dustin rises to the occasion."

McGregor and Poirier's second dance, which is expected to land on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, will be a lightweight showdown.

Gaethje doesn't believe the different weight class will have much of a bearing on the fight, adding: "I don't think that's an issue.

"I think what's different is their mindsets because of the places are [in] and the places they've gone since then.

"They're much different people since that fight, both of them. So that'll be interesting to see."

Gaethje – who came up short in his bid to dethrone lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254 – will be keeping a close eye on Poirier vs McGregor II

He recently told The Schmo: "Poirier and McGregor are fighting soon so I want to fight the winner of that.

“I wholeheartedly believe you should be coming off a win to fight for a belt. So my job now is to get a win.

“I want to fight for the belt and if it is the winner of that fight then I would, in turn, need to beat somebody first.

"But, I’ll definitely just fight the winner for the belt, I’m down for that, too."

McGregor, 32, hasn't fought since his 40-second annihilation of Donald Cerrone last January in the main event of UFC 246.

Poirier, meanwhile, was last in action in June – edging out Dan Hooker in a five-round war at the UFC's Apex facility.

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