Stallone said, “That’s a tough one, man. That one I think you just really have to flip a coin on. It’s like who hits first. We’ve got a really young guy (Dustin Poirier) and a guy who’s made a lot of money but he’s also sort of hungry (Conor McGregor).”
Stallone believes it’s nearly impossible to predict a winner. Despite this, he favoured top-ranked UFC lightweight Poirier.
“I mean, you have two guys who are psychologically a little hesitant, but Poirier has a big-time advantage,” Stallone said.
The 74-year-old actor referenced his iconic boxing film ‘Rocky’ to offer advice to McGregor. Stallone said, “Keep punching.”
This isn’t the first time Stallone has imparted wisdom on McGregor. In 2019, he advised McGregor to channel his rage and frustration into his fights rather than exploding in public and getting arrested.
When is the McGregor vs Poirier bout going to take place?
McGregor and Poirier will face each other in the main event of UFC 264 on July 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The highly anticipated lightweight clash will serve as a rematch between McGregor and Poirier.
During their first meeting in 2014, McGregor famously predicted that he’d finish off Poirier quickly. The Irishman’s prediction came true when he knocked Poirier out in the first round of their UFC 178 fight.
‘The Diamond’ took his revenge on McGregor earlier this year, defeating him in the second round via TKO at UFC 257.