It’s no secret that mixed martial actor Sean Patrick Flanery is a MMA fan.
Flanery’s new MMA-inspired love story film Born A Champion opens today to select theatres, Digital, and On Demand. But the BJJ black belt found the time share his thoughts on the UFC 257 main event between No. 2 Dustin Poirier (26-6-0, 1NC) and No. 4 Conor McGregor (22-4-0) with The Crossfire.
“I think Conor wins nine out of ten of these matchups,” Flanery explained from his hotel in Toronto. “I think their ground game is going to negate each other. Now, this is me from the couch. This is a couch perspective. Never trained with either one, would be honoured to. And I’m Irish, so obviously there’s that connection with Conor. I was also born in Lake Charles, LA., which Dustin Poirier is a Louisiana boy. So I truly am a fan of both, and would be honoured to train with them both.
“I think their ground game is going to cancel each other out,” Flanery added. “Actually, If I had to give a nod, I’d give the nod on the ground to Conor. But in the striking department, I think Conor is going to find a landing approval for that left hand. I think there’s more energy behind that left – pound for pound – than a lot of guys in all of MMA.”
Flanery worked with UFC fighters, including Mickey Gall and Edson Barboza in Born A Champion.
UFC 257 is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Etihad Arena at Fight Island, Abu Dhabi.