‘I Don’t Necessarily Think It’s a Rich Thing’- Joe Rogan Breaks Down Conor McGregor’s TKO Loss to Dustin Poirier

Published 02/25/2021, 7:15 AM EST
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)


Joe Rogan spoke to UFC middleweight Kevin Holland in one of his podcast episodes and discussed UFC 257. Chiefly, the aforementioned event opened out in 2021 and witnessed the return of Conor McGregor to the big stage. ‘The Notorious’ faced off against Dustin Poirier in the highly anticipated main event to determine who is next in line.

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McGregor came out strong, however, Dustin Poirier managed to pull things in with effective game planning. It was a good measure of well-placed calf kicks that slowed down McGregor and went on to immobilize him completely. The Irishman was unable to effectively defend himself and eventually fell to strikes in round 2.

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Joe Rogan chimes in on Conor McGregor vs Poirier 2

Rogan who is a life-long martial artist has always been able to decipher the potency of certain techniques in the realm of MMA. Poirier’s implementation of limb destruction against Conor McGregor certainly caught his attention. Additionally, he also commented on McGregor’s mindset and devotion to the fight game after becoming a multi-millionaire fighter.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 04: Commentator Joe Rogan during the UFC 209 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“There’s moments in that fight [UFC 257] where he was having big success. He hurt Dustin at one point in time with a big left hand, but that fu**ing low calf kick. That low calf kick is a beast.”

“He was still pretty fu*ing rich when he fought Eddie Alvarez, he was already a multi-millionaire. I don’t necessarily think it’s a rich thing. I don’t know if that affects him that much, but I do think it’s inactivity and do I think Dustin got a lot better.”

Rogan on Dustin Poirier’s viability at lightweight

Rogan made sure to point out that ‘The Diamond’ himself had come a long way since his early fighting days. At 155-pounds, Poirier has looked virtually unstoppable against all tiers of competition. Furthermore, his implementation of leg kicks to negate McGregor’s striking prowess was truly a thing of beauty.

 “At 145, Dustin was depleted and diminished. At 155 he’s fu*ing huge, he doesn’t even look like a 55’er he looks like a 70’ers…The thing is he’s [McGregor] is heavy on that front leg, wide karate stance and he’s always doing this. When that leg is available for the low calf kick that changes everything, changes your whole approach, and Conor is also a guy never been known to switch back and forth.

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He doesn’t like to have left leg forward, that’s not a common thing for him. Once his leg is getting chewed up, it’s not like he can fight just as good from orthodox.”

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (L-R) Conor McGregor of Ireland punches 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)

Conor McGregor will have to head out to the drawing board and find a way to combat the leg kick technique. His future opponents will certainly try to put together a similar offense in the hope to replicate Dustin Poirier’s results. However, McGregor has shown an ability to constantly make major improvements to his arsenal.

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Can McGregor prove his doubters wrong in his next fight?

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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