‘The Leg Was Dead’- Conor McGregor Opens Up After Devastating UFC 257 Loss to Dustin Poirier

Published 01/24/2021, 1:13 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor of Ireland reacts to his win over Donald Cerrone in their welterweight fight during the UFC 246 event at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Conor McGregor is one of the best MMA fighters in the world. However, he wasn’t one tonight. Dustin Poirier exacted his revenge from almost 7 years ago and beat Conor in the second round of the UFC 257 main event.

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Despite the TKO loss, Conor spoke to Jon Anik in the Octagon after and gave a very candid look into his mindset after this setback.

“It’s hard to overcome inactivity… The long calf kick was very good. The leg was dead, and then I just wasn’t as comfortable as I needed to be. It’s the inactivity, but Dustin is some fighter. We are in here. If you put in the time in here, you are going to get cozy in here. I have to dust it off and come back, and that is what I will do.

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He further criticized his lack of fights. “I need activity guys. You don’t get away with being inactive in this business. I will take my licks and ugh. I am gutted, I put so much work in this. Well done, Dustin, good man. Ugh. It is a tough one to swallow. I put in a lot of work I am proud of me work. But, we will get to go again and that is it.”

Conor McGregor: What’s next?

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This loss won’t bode well for Conor McGregor and his immediate future. While Poirier hinted towards an immediate rematch, that may not be the best way for UFC to pivot from this fight.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 20: Conor McGregor speaks at the UFC 229 press conference at Radio City Music Hall on September 20, 2018 in New York, NY. McGregor will face UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event on October 6, 2018 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Any fight Conor takes now is a high-risk and low-reward fight. If he wants to stay active and fight his way back to the top, he will have to face elite competition without a guarantee of something big with the next win. ‘The Notorious’ hasn’t won a fight at lightweight since 2016, so maybe a division change also could be on the horizon.

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Classy responses from Conor all around the board, though. He admitted his mistakes, gave the props to Poirier, and has promised to come back. Let’s see what happens from here on out.

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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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