Conor McGregor is always talking about. Even during the months he decided to get away from the activity and even more so when he returned. But this return to the Octagon after a year was not expected: his opponent, the American Dustin Poirier, passed him overhead and gave him a tremendous knockout at the end of the second round. But that did not stop his speaking spirit.
After the fight in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the Irishman faced the microphones and, true to his style, was optimistic at the press conference despite the beating he had just suffered.
“Dustin gave a tremendous fight, well played by him, I am very happy for him and to be able to compete in these times,” he said and acknowledged that he feels “disappointed” by the defeat by assuring that “it breaks your heart, it is difficult to assimilate”.
Dustin Poirier and a tremendous fight against Conor.
“High is high and low is low in this game, my leg is completely dead. Even if I felt like he was parrying his kicks, it was mostly in the front of the leg. She was very committed, she looked like an American football at the minute, “he joked The Notorious, who already beat a trilogy with Poirier (go 1-1) and highlighted his style to fight.
McGregor’s good humor faded when he was mentioned of a post Khabib Nurmagomedov had made after his first loss by knockout. “This is what happens when you change teams, you leave the sparring team that made you champion and use young children as sparring partners, far from reality,” the Russian wrote on his Twitter account.
What did Conor answer him?
“My team has been the same since day one. I have not changed anything. Respect the athletes. That is the character of that man (Khabib), behind his mask. What is he going to do, will he return or not? Because he does not throw kicks “, assured the European.
And immediately he lashed out and challenged them to a new confrontation: “It only remains to adjust and move on. But if you want to have these disrespectful comments, well, come back and let’s do it again. I’m here for that.”
Regarding a possible return of Nurmagomedov, it was also Dana White, the UFC boss, who was trying to convince him to return to the Octagon.
“I spoke to Khabib and he said ‘Dana, be honest with yourself. I’m many levels above these guys, I’ve already beaten them.’ It doesn’t sound very popular that he comes back, but we’ll see. If he’s retired, Chandler and Poirier could fight for the belt. “said White in reference to the champion who decided to retire to honor the memory of his father and coach, who died last year of heart complications after catching Covid.
Dana White opined on Conor’s defeat and his future.
“Conor? I don’t know, surely in a few hours he will be bombarding me with a million things that he wants to do, so we’ll see. There can be a trilogy whenever they want (with Poirier),” added the American businessman.
White also highlighted the performance of McGregor’s executioner: “When I was with Khabib last week, he told me that I should go out in the first round and try to carry the fight, not exchange with him (Conor), but tire him, make him use his arms and legs. He managed to pass and after a round and a half he had it. “
This Sunday, the Irishman was fully on his social networks and on his Instagram account he published a photo reclining on an armchair, with a motivating phrase.
“Thank you all for the support! It was not my evening / morning there, but a great contest to improve. I am excited about the blockbuster trilogy that I now have in my hands. Dustin is a great competitor and I am looking forward to come back. Raising your leg and spirit on the way home! God bless us all, happy Sunday, “said the Irishman who lost everything but morale.