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Bling Empire’s Andrew Gray breaks down UFC 257’s Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor rematch

"I know it's going to be a brawl"

Mixed martial actor Andrew Gray shared his thoughts on the mega rematch between lightweights No. 2 Dustin Poirier (26-6-0) and No. 4 Conor McGregor (22-4-0) Sunday night on TKO Countdown.

The 33 year-old former Red Power Ranger will be appearing on the new Netflix original series Bling Empire, which premieres Jan. 15. He is a martial artist, having wrestled in high school, and trained in Muay Thai in Thailand, with several years of boxing added in for good measure.


In fact, Gray revealed that he is preparing for a “smoker” bout with Churchill Boxing this summer to test his skills. He also talked about Bling Empire and several other interesting topics.

Asked about UFC 257 and the main event, Gray put on his analytical hat.

“I usually bet on my emotions,” Gray carefully explained. “I’m not the most logical bettor, when I’m fighting it’s different.’

“I see it ending on the ground,” Gray continued. “I think they both learned their lesson from Khabib, they both know they’re good at striking. Conor already won the first round … I think he’s going to gas and McGregor’s going to win it. I know it’s going to be a brawl. It’s going to be one of the biggest fights in 2021.

“Anytime there’s real animosity between competitors … both of these guys right now where they’re at in their careers, they have something to prove …  None of them are champions right now – they are champions – they will always be champions but one of them will be fighting for the belt,” Gray summarized.

McGregor, 32, hasn’t fought since a TKO win over Donald Cerrone last January at UFC 246 last January.

Poirier, who will be 32 years old by Jan. 23, is coming off a 2020 fight-of-the-year candidate win over Dan Hooker at UFC on ESPN 12 in June.

UFC president Dana White is on record as saying the winner would likely challenge for the lightweight title, which is still officially held by the currently retired Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“I think this is going to be a close fight. I think it is going to go all five rounds,” Gray said. “Who’s more prepared for the fight? Mentally, spiritually?  We all know once you get hit, like Mike (Tyson) said, the plan changes. You have to adapt very fast.

“What I saw with the Cowboy fight, he put in moves in there that no one’s ever seen before in the cage,” Gray said. “And what did it do? It shocked the world. I thought Cowboy was going to take it logically. I did. I thought he was in a new place at that time – and he was. But he was not prepared for that. It’s preparation … being a miracle  … when an opportunity presents how prepared are you … I think it’s going to go the final round, for sure.

The way Gray sees it, score it a final round TKO victory for McGregor at UFC 257.

Bling Empire premieres on Jan. 15.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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