Boxing Legend Nonito Donaire Feels Conor McGregor Disrespected Dee Devlin at UFC 264

Published 07/13/2021, 1:36 PM EDT


Bantamweight boxing legend Nonito Donaire (41-6-0) was in attendance at UFC 264. He expressed his displeasure over ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor’s behavior at UFC 264, and his comments about Dustin Poirier’s wife.

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Donaire shared on social media that Conor McGregor was not only disrespectful to Jolie Poirier but also to his own wife, Dee Devlin.

He said that it was unnecessary for McGregor to hype the fight the way he did. Donaire added the fans were not in it for the trash talk but for the two fighters in the octagon.

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This isn’t just a disrespect to Dustin Poirier’s wife Jolie, but also McGregor’s wife who has been with him through thick and thin.

“We can be better human beings and still fight in the ring. There was not a need to hype this fight. It was hyped because of the two in the ring,” said Nonito Donaire.

Conor McGregor UFC 264 reactions and next steps

When asked about his thoughts on Conor McGregor‘s comments about Poirier’s wife, UFC President Dana White acknowledged he did not like that.

I don’t like that. Yeah, that’s not good. Leave people’s families, people’s wives, and all that stuff out of it. Family has nothing to do with it,” said Dana White.

Former UFC star Ronda Rousey also shared contrarian opinions about Conor McGregor’s reaction to his loss at UFC 264. She appreciated McGregor’s ability to set the base for his next fight and create narratives while still in the octagon.

Rousey added the other fighters, the promotion, and the media are “lucky” to have him around. She later also indirectly addressed the fans’ reactions to McGregor’s lack of “sportsmanship” and “idealism” in another tweet.

Conor McGregor has since undergone surgery for his freak injury at UFC 264. He recently announced that the surgery was successful and that he will return to training after he completes six weeks on crutches.

However, it does not seem like he is over his rivalry with Dustin Poirier yet. McGregor shared a video on social media post-fight and after surgery calling Poirier’s win “illegitimate”. 

He expressed that he wished the fight went into the second round and also acknowledged the brutal nature of the sport.

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With Conor losing the third fight because of a doctor’s stoppage, the trilogy clearly did not put an end to this rivalry. Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, and Dana White are now all on board the idea of a fourth fight.

While ‘The Diamond’ will indubitably move to fight Charles Oliveira for the UFC Lightweight title, it could be a little while before we see the Irishman back in full action. What is your take on Conor McGregor’s behavior at UFC 264?

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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