Tyson Fury backs Conor McGregor to win 'make or break' trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier after shock UFC 257 defeat

TYSON FURY has backed Conor McGregor to bounce back from his devastating loss at UFC 257, tipping the Irishman to win his 'make or break' trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier.

A summer rubber match between the former featherweight rivals is in the works following Poirier's stunning second-round TKO victory over The Notorious in Abu Dhabi last month.

McGregor attributed his third loss inside the octagon to a lack of activity, which Fury believes will be key if the UFC's poster boy is to settle the score with The Diamond later this year.

The Gypsy King told ESPN: “He’s been active, He’s had that training camp and he’s going to have another training camp. So bit more activity.

“I think he’ll get focused and do what he’s got to do in the ring. When it’s the make-or-break fight, which this one will be, this will be the icing on the cake.

“If he loses this one, then where does he go from there? But if he wins it, he’s back up there.

“I think he thrives under pressure like that. Provided he gets a good training camp, he should do okay.”

McGregor, 32, is champing at the bit to share the octagon with Poirier again, who brutalised him with crippling calf kicks on his way to registering the biggest victory of his career.


And the pride of Dublin insists he'll be better prepared for the Louisiana's kick-heavy game when they next meet.

The UFC's first simultaneous two-weight world champion wrote on Instagram: "What a trilogy I now have on my hands. Exciting!

“With a handle on the leg kicks I will get back to having fun in there.

"I was in second gear cruising this fight. Best condition I’ve ever been in.

“After the wrestling and clinch exchanges, my shots still held their pop.

"First time for me with this so I am very encouraged to keep going.

“It was the first time I did not use/nor need the stool between rounds also. I did need the stool after though that’s for sure.

“I am extremely happy I did not need to use the stool between rounds here anyway.

Another first for me! I am most certainly on the right path. Despite the loss I am on the correct path of evolution.”

He added: “One apiece now with a trilogy bout for all the marbles! Wow! Exciting!

“Not a trilogy I was expecting, nor the tactical affair I was anticipating, but I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t meant to be.

“This is exactly how this was always meant to be! Buzzing!!”

A date for the third instalment of McGregor vs Poirier has not been finalised, although it's understood the former is eager to return to action in May.

SunSport understands UFC have tentative plans to stage a pay-per-view event on May 15, although the promotion has yet to officially put it in the books.

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