DUSTIN POIRIER is going to have to 'convince himself he just got caught' by Conor McGregor if he's to have any hope of winning their rematch, according to Daniel Cormier.
The former interim lightweight champion will lock horns with The Notorious a fortnight on Saturday in the main event of UFC 257 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
Poirier was knocked out by McGregor six years ago at UFC 178, a defeat Cormier insists he'll have to forget about if he wants to get the better of the Irishman second time around.
DC told SCMP MMA: “I think when you lose a fight and you go into another fight [with the same person]… I know all about it.
"I fought ‘Rumble’ [Anthony Johnson] twice, I fought Jon Jones twice, I fought Stipe [Miocic] three times.
"I fought seven of my 25 fights against three dudes.
"So I think any fighter can convince himself he just got caught, and that’s what Dustin is gonna have to rely on in order to give himself a chance.
“It’s difficult to forget, but you wanna remember it and use it to motivate you in the rematch.”
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Cormier reckons Poirier vs McGregor II is a great fight stylistically but is refusing to pick a winner.
He added: “Me getting to call the fights has saved me from having to pick fights, because I’m not allowed to.
“Also it saves me having to deal with the fighters, because they’re so sensitive when it comes to whether or not you pick them.
“Everybody’s like, ‘Oh DC, I saw you picked against me’. God forbid you pick against one guy and then he wins, because he throws it right in your face.
“So I’m lucky I call the fights, I don’t have to pick them no more, so that’s one thing you don’t get out of me.”
Poirier has come on leaps and bounds since coming up short against McGregor, winning ten of his last 13 fights and claiming the interim lightweight title.
And the American insists their second meeting is by no means a foregone conclusion.
He told MMA Junkie: "This is a completely different fight. We’re both completely different fighters, and I’m not really looking back at that first fight.
“I was emotional in the first one. I wanted to hurt the guy. This time I just want to outsmart him, just want to beat him. This is business. This isn’t any ill will towards the guy.
“When I was younger, I used to fight with a lot of emotion. This isn’t the same thing for me. This isn’t about getting even for me. This isn’t like a revenge type of thing for me.
"This is about moving my career forward, about putting my family in a better spot. It’s not trying to get back a guy who got me. This is just business.”
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