Minty Bets is joined by Kevin Iole to preview the Lightweight Main Event at UFC 257 between Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor from Fight Island on Sat. January 23.
MINTY BETS: UFC 257 takes place January 23rd on Fight Island. The main event is going to be a light weight bout between Conor McGregor, minus 275, versus Dustin Poirier, plus 225. Kevin Iole, this should be exciting. What do we think of this fight?
KEVIN IOLE: I'll tell you what, I think this is a fantastic fight. Obviously, a very important fight in the division. You got Poirier, a former interim champion, lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov. Conor, the former champion who also lost to Khabib. I think this is a fantastic fight. It-- to me, it is a very, very close fight.
You know, I kind of lean toward McGregor to win, but I like getting Dustin Poirier a plus 225. I mean, he is a very diverse fighter. He's fought so many good opponents.
And so, I look at it and I go, if I was just betting on the money line, picking a winner, I'm going to pick McGregor to win. But at that plus 225 number, I really like Dustin Poirier. So, I'm going to go ahead and bet on Dustin Poirier here at plus 225 to win UFC 257.
MINTY BETS: Have any thoughts on if it goes the distance or not?
KEVIN IOLE: I do think it's probably likely, more likely than not it goes to distance. You know, McGregor has that kind of punching power that could end a fight at any point. You know, Poirier is also a tremendous finisher, but he doesn't have that one-punch power. McGregor has it both with his hands and with his kicks.
And of course, he won their first fight when they fought in 2014 by a finish. I think both of them are different fighters now. I think Poirier has really made a lot of strides. I think this one will go to the decision and won't be a finish, but I'll tell you, either of them has the ability to end it.
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