Of all of the methods to lose, Conor McGregor snapping his leg towards Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 may truly be the least painful, whenever you have a look at it from a profession and legacy perspective.
Proper now, the dialog is round McGregor’s situation after he suffered a freak harm that consigned him to a different defeat within the UFC. It’s not in regards to the stinging photographs Poirier landed within the stand-up, McGregor’s rushed guillotine try, or the elbows the Irishman ate on the bottom. It’s not in regards to the reality McGregor’s nonetheless solely had his hand raised as soon as since 2016.
Actually, something however a win was imagined to nicely and actually derail no matter was left of the McGregor gross sales pitch. However the nature of this defeat will probably let it breathe just a bit bit longer.
“This combat was trending within the unsuitable route for Conor McGregor. Let’s not sugar-coat it,” UFC legend Daniel Cormier stated.
“This is likely to be a great way to lose for McGregor as a result of I regarded on-line already and I see so many individuals going, ‘You’ll be able to justify a fourth combat.’”
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And justify a fourth combat is strictly what UFC boss Dana White did in his press convention.
“It sucks, it’s brutal,” White stated. “It’s not the best way you need to see fights finish. Dustin Poirier will combat for the title and when Conor’s healed and able to go, you do the rematch, I assume. I don’t know.”
White added: “The combat didn’t get completed. You’ll be able to’t have a combat end that approach. We’ll see how this complete factor performs out.
“Who is aware of how lengthy Conor is out. Poirier will do his factor till Conor is prepared.”
McGregor minimize an offended determine within the lead-up to his trilogy bout with Poirier. There was a determined tinge to every little thing he stated and did, as he sarcastically promised his opponent would depart on a stretcher.
Then on Sunday, there was desperation when he ducked beneath to clinch with Poirier after consuming a pair massive photographs, and desperation in his voice when he bleated in regards to the combat being dominated a physician’s stoppage, earlier than taking intention at his rival’s spouse once more.
“It seems to me like Conor has entered that part of his profession the place an ending like this may assist him in a approach,” ESPN’s Max Kellerman stated, “as a result of persons are saying even on this broadcast, ‘Nicely, there wasn’t a definitive conclusion to the combat,’ in a combat that he was clearly shedding.”
Kellerman added: “I noticed two guys in there tonight. They’re each 32 years outdated.
“However one regarded like a fighter in his prime, who’s on the high of his sport or close to it, and the opposite regarded like a man who is just not that proper now, and should by no means return to that.
“The actual fact of the matter is Conor went from beating good fighter after good fighter on his approach up, to now, since he fought Floyd Mayweather and made $100 million, he has one win towards Cowboy Cerrone, who’s badly light, and doesn’t have one other win since then.
“I don’t suppose that’s a coincidence.”
Since that Mayweather combat, McGregor has been ragdolled by Khabib Nurmagomedov, too good for Donald Cerrone, and crushed twice by Poirier.
Poirier will go on to combat for Charles Oliveira’s 155-pound belt whereas McGregor recovers.
“You’ll be able to all the time justify a fourth combat if you wish to receives a commission,” Joe Rogan stated.
“And I’m positive Dustin needs to receives a commission.”
It appears Rogan was proper.
“No,” Poirier stated after being requested if the rivalry was over. “We’re going to combat once more whether or not it’s within the Octagon or on the sidewalk.
“You don’t say the stuff he stated.”