‘He Has No Lines Anymore’- Dustin Poirier’s Coach Explains Why Conor McGregor Is Not Good At Trash Talk Anymore

Published 07/19/2021, 11:51 PM EDT


Former UFC dual division champion Conor McGregor snapped his leg during his trilogy bout loss against ‘The Diamond’ Dustin Poirier. The Irishman lost his second consecutive match against Poirier after being taken down at UFC 257 before.

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But unlike UFC 257, where ‘The Notorious’ one was uncharacteristically friendly towards his opponent during the buildup, he unleashed or we can say he tried to unleash his fury before UFC 264. The Irishman tried to verbally assault Poirier and also targeted the latter’s wife even after the match.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Many sections of the MMA community criticized him for going too far in order to gain a mental advantage. Some even termed it a desperate attempt after the loss against the same man.

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Recently, Poirier’s coach, Mike Brown, appeared for an interview. He gave insights into what he felt listening to McGregor’s trash talk.

“I’m not sure what it is but he did seem much sharper with his tongue in the past,” Brown told MMA Fighting. “Maybe he’s in a tough spot, I don’t know what it is but it also appears he has no lines anymore.” 

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He added, “He used to have some lines, some are ethnical but more lines. But those seem to have gone away. He doesn’t seem to be quite the same fighter both in the ring and with his promotion-wise, too.”

The coach says he has no idea what has changed in him but definitely, something has changed.

Poirier’s coach doesn’t think Conor McGregor had any impact in round 1

During his match with Poirier, the Irishman had some brief moments where he had an advantage over Poirier. But they were few and far between. The latter dominated the round in such a manner that it convinced two of the judges to declare 10-8 in favor of Poirier.

Although McGregor did little apart from an out of nature guillotine attempt, his longtime coach John Kavanagh was pleased with the way the round went. According to him, he thought McGregor would make a comeback in the next rounds.

While McGregor’s coach may say anything, Brown doesn’t want to have even a word of it. “It’s not just somebody’s opinion, we’re talking about the judges’ scorecards,” Brown added. “We had two of the judges had a 10-8 round. So I don’t know how anyone would consider that going well.”

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McGregor now will start his recovery process and won’t be available till next year. Meanwhile, Poirier will head into a title battle against the current lightweight champion Charles Oliveira.

What did you make of Mike Brown’s assessment on McGregor?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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