‘Sit on Your Hands and Shut Up’- Dominick Cruz Lashes Out at Conor McGregor for Continuing Trash Talk Even After Losing at UFC 264

Published 07/12/2021, 3:24 PM EDT


Former UFC dual division champion Conor McGregor fought Dustin Poirier in their headlining trilogy clash at UFC 264. However, the highly anticipated clash of the year ended in a bitter loss for ‘The Notorious’ one when his left leg snapped in the last moments of Round 1. The resulting mishap ended in a TKO win for Poirier.

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However, just like prior to the fight, McGregor continued to talk trash about Poirier. He threatened Poirier that the battle isn’t over and also threw some unwanted comments towards the latter’s wife, Jolie.

Many sports pundits and fans alike lashed out at the Irishman for such degrading comments, especially after a disappointing loss. Even if we sideline the injury, the round belonged to Poirier. Even the judges sitting in the stadium ruled the round in favor of the American.

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Former UFC 2 time bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz was one of many to criticize McGregor for his aftermath antics. Cruz appeared for a post-fight show and discussed many things, including McGregor’s trash talk.

“After multiple losses like that, you tend to sit on your hands and shut up,” Cruz said. “We’re not seeing that. We’re not seeing the silence, we’re not seeing the humility. There’s a position where you get smashed sometimes and you have to accept that as a fighter.”

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‘The Dominator’ further added, “That is part of why we do martial arts, is to accept the losses and the wins and grow from them. When you don’t accept these losses, how do you grow? How do you fill the gap?”

Can Conor McGregor make a comeback?

McGregor has now lost 3 of his last 4 UFC fights. If we add his boxing stunt against Floyd Mayweather, it would be 4 losses in the last 5 fights.

It’s not unusual for magnificent fighters to lose some matches, but unlike most of the others, Conor is not fighting regularly. He has only fought in 4 matches since 2016, including 2 this year.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier 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)

Also, his left leg got completely snapped. Although he went through surgery the next morning, it would take a considerable amount of time for him to return, provided if he plans to return.

Another worrying sign is the kind of losses he has suffered. Poirier has inflicted two straight TKO losses over him. Before facing him this year, he was never taken down by KO/TKO.

He submitted to the former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the biggest match of his UFC career at UFC 229. Considering the drama surrounding that, it was a hard loss for him to digest.

But there is one aspect that makes people believe in him. He has always come back from the pinch of defeats many times. Be it against Nate Diaz or against ‘Cowboy’ Donald Cerrone.

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If we leave everything aside, Conor himself wouldn’t wish to retire before one final glory moment. So, don’t be surprised if he comes back strongly for one final hurrah!.

Do you agree with Cruz’s statement on Conor?

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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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