Watching Conor McGregor lose to Dustin Poirier once more was never going to be pretty. Nobody could have anticipated that it would get this ugly, however. When Conor started yelling semi-coherent obscenities not only at his opponent, but at Dustin’s wife, Poirier was unimpressed.
McGregor, slouched against the cage, face bloodied and leg broken, screamed at Dustin Poirier via Joe Rogan’s microphone. Dustin was upset in the Octagon, but maintained some composure:
Poirier slams “dirtbag” McGregor following TKO win
“He fractured it on one of the checks. I felt it. This guy is a dirtbag, man.”
McGregor suffered a brutal leg break in the dying seconds of round one, landing awkwardly on an ankle that bent unnaturally under the Irishman’s weight. As McGregor went down, Poirier followed, laying into his opponent with a series of explosive elbows to McGregor’s head.
Beaten and bloodied, McGregor lay on the ground at the horn, with a doctor inspecting his leg. The fight was declared a TKO via doctor stoppage, and Conor screamed at Dustin Poirier.
Gone was the composed, respectful McGregor of UFC 257. Gone, too, was the wild man who took the UFC by storm over the course of Conor McGregor’s meteoric rise to the top of the fight game.
Instead fight fans got a much uglier side of the former champion, a man whose wit and humor abandoned him, leaving only schoolyard insults and a shattered leg behind.
Poirier continued to criticize McGregor’s conduct following the fight, declaring his intent for yet another rematch:
“We are going to fight again whether it’s on the Octagon or on the sidewalk. You don’t say the stuff he said. My wife’s solid as a rock, I’m not worried about that. That’s noise.
He was saying he was going to kill me. You don’t say stuff like that, that he was going to murder me.
You don’t say stuff about people’s wives either, but I know that’s zero chance. But there is a chance someone could die and you don’t wish that on anybody.”
The irony here, of course, is that for all McGregor’s talk of murdering Poirier in the ring, it was Conor who left the T-Mobile Arena on a stretcher. This may be the swan song for the Irishman’s competitive MMA career.
Conor will spend months in recovery from this leg break, unable to train, and the lightweight division is full of ranked fighters eager for a shot at Charles Oliveira.
Do you think Conor’s trash talk went too far this time? Is this it for the “champ champ”? Let us know in the comments.