UFC: McGregor responds to Khabib’s comments after loss
Conor McGregor was seen leaving UFC 257 using a crutch after taking brutal calf kicks during his defeat to Dustin Poirier. Notorious suffered his first-ever knockout defeat at the hands of the Diamond to the shock of those in attendance at Fight Island.
McGregor’s return to UFC did not go to plan with Poirier getting revenge from the first time the pair met.
Back in 2014 it was the Irishman who won in just 106 seconds.
This time it was Poirier who got the better of McGregor though handing him another defeat in the sport.
In video footage backstage at the arena, the Dubliner is seen limping and using a crutch to help his exit as he passed his opponent.
Poirier won the interim lightweight title in 2019 but came up short when Khabib Nurmagomedov beat him for the undisputed crown later the same year.
Nurmagomedov has since retired and if he does not return, Poirier is likely to face Michael Chandler, the former Bellator champion for the title.
Chandler scored a thunderous first-round knockout victory in his UFC debut over New Zealand’s Dan Hooker in the evening’s co-main event.
McGregor admitted his long stretches on the sidelines had come back to haunt him.
“If you put in the time in here, you’re going to get cosy in here and I just have to dust it off and come back and that’s what I will do. I need activity, you don’t get away with being inactive in this business,” McGregor said.
“I’ll take my licks. I’m gutted and I put so much work in. Well done Dustin: 1-1, good man.
“It’s a tough one to swallow, I put in a lot of work, I’m proud of my work. We’ll get to go again and that’s it.”
After an early feeling out process, Poirier managed to get the takedown in the first round but McGregor was soon back on his feet and landing shoulder strikes that proved so effective in his welterweight victory over Cerrone.
A sharp elbow momentarily buzzed Poirier, as did a counter right uppercut although he responded with a smart check hook and was regularly kicking out at McGregor’s right calf in an attempt to stifle his rhythm.
It was a tactic McGregor praised afterwards, saying a dead leg meant he “just wasn’t as comfortable as I needed to be” as Poirier capitalised on his opponent’s uneasiness midway through the second round.
McGregor slipped to his fifth defeat in 27 professional mixed martial arts contests while Poirier improved his record to 27 wins and six defeats.
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