Conor McGregor Says Media Refuses to Give Him Credit Ahead of UFC 257

Published 01/22/2021, 12:53 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 13: Conor McGregor speaks during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour event at Barclays Center on July 13, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)


Conor McGregor is going to rematch Dustin Poirier after 6 and a half years for his highly anticipated return to the Octagon at UFC 257. Conor last fought Donald Cerrone in January 2020 and is coming back after a year. However, he has actually fought just twice since his win over Eddie Alvarez in 2016. That is a lot of time spent away from the cage.

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Even though he went into the boxing ring, Conor never forgot about MMA. He has claimed on multiple occasions that he kept active in his training in the sport. As a result, McGregor seems a little miffed about the lack of attention the media has given to his development as a fighter, especially compared to how they are treating Dustin Poirier. He spoke to Barstool Sports.

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“They never like to give me my credit. That’s okay. That’s fine. I have improved immensely and Dustin has also- to an extent. You know he is tough, he still has the same reactions, shots, and entries, but he has improved regarding the clock, he has been in there more. But look, I’ll show it on Saturday night. That’s for sure.”

Conor McGregor: Smoke or fire?

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Conor McGregor could just be saying this to keep the air of mystery around his preparation. He could be blowing smoke into the media to create a narrative. However, if the Cerrone fight is any proof, McGregor has made genuine progress as a fighter.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor (L) punches Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout during UFC246 at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor won by first-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

He used unconventional striking, a blistering pace, and ruthless setups to get a fighter like Cerrone out of the cage in under a minute. While Poirier has gotten a lot of cage time since his first fight against Conor, it doesn’t make a difference for the first few minutes of the fight. Conor will push the pace and try to get Poirier uncomfortable.

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However, the Poirier narrative could find its fruit if the fight goes long. We will find out on Saturday.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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