Conor McGregor receives calf kick training offer from UFC new-boy Michael Chandler ahead of Dustin Poirier trilogy fight
4th March 2021

CONOR MCGREGOR has received a training offer from UFC new-boy Michael Chandler – who has offered The Notorious advice on how to check Dustin Poirier's leg kicks.

The former two-division champion is set to have a trilogy match with his old featherweight rival in the summer.

McGregor, 32, had his lead leg brutalised by leg and calf kicks in his UFC 257 showdown with Poirier in January, which he lost via second-round KO.

And former Bellator lightweight king Chandler, who is awaiting his second octagon outing following his spectacular debut in Abu Dhabi, has offered to teach McGregor how to check the debilitating kicks.

Early on Wednesday morning, he tweeted: "Checking leg kicks is easy.

"@thenotoriousmma I have a few tips for you. Holler at me."

McGregor, the UFC's first simultaneous two-weight world champion, has learned his lesson from his defeat to Poirier and has vowed to nullify the debilitating strikes in their rubber match.

He recently tweeted: "Guys I’m gonna cheque the leg kick."

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McGregor is champing at the bit to once again share the octagon with fan favourite Poirier, who he KO'd in September 2014.

And he's vowed to adopt a different approach for their series decider.

In a lengthy Instagram post analysing his third octagon defeat, the Irishman wrote: "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.

“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!!”

Former interim lightweight champion Poirier recently revealed his third meeting with McGregor is still being finalised, telling Joe Rogan: “We’re just trying to get the right deal structured.

"This is going to be a big fight. He knocked me out, (and) I knocked him out. The trilogy.

“For sure one of the biggest fights this year, but maybe of all time. … I don’t directly talk to them.

“They talk to my manager, Rob Roveta. We try to put ourselves in the best position to sit at the table with them and have a legit conversation about getting this fight booked.

“We’re trying to structure the right deal, and when that happens, the fight will be on. Until then, we’ll see.”

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