Dan Hardy has advised Dustin Poirier to chop down Conor McGregor’s lead leg if he wants to ensure the Irishman’s dangerous left hand is ‘significantly diminished’.
The two men will meet once again at UFC 257 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi in a rematch of their 2014 classic.
Although the contest failed to make it out of the first round, the striking battle was intriguing to watch before McGregor detonated a huge left hand on Poirier’s temple.
The Irishman’s left hand (known colloquially as ‘The Celtic Cross’) is perhaps his most dangerous weapon and has put to sleep the likes of Jose Aldo, Eddie Alvarez and Chad Mendes in the past.
McGregor is, of course, not just a one-trick pony as Donald Cerrone found out the hard way at UFC 246 last year, but Hardy feels as though leg kicks to the right leg of ‘The Notorious’ will seriously hamper him.
“McGregor is fighting another southpaw and what we know about McGregor is, because he lifts all of his weight off his rear leg when he’s fighting and puts it on to his lead leg, if Poirier can start chopping away at that lead leg, it nullifies big chunks of McGregor’s game,” he said on his YouTube channel.
“McGregor now can’t plant all of his weight on that lead leg to throw his left hand over the top with all of his power because that leg is going to be dead and to put weight on it is going to be painful.
“We know how effective a calf kick can be, you only need to land a single shot and that can be a round or two where that is a nullified limb.
“If Poirier is able to land that early then the threat of [McGregor’s] left hand is significantly diminished, as well as his kicking game.
“That puts McGregor into a position where he has to work, where he has to clinch and where he has to wrestle, and again that forces him to work which would be valuable long term.”