Georges St-Pierre Believes COVID Could Have Contributed to Conor McGregor’s Loss at UFC 257

Published 03/18/2021, 10:47 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland reacts after his TKO loss to 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)


Georges St-Pierre has shared his take on Conor McGregor’s loss at UFC 257 last month. Dustin Poirier handed Conor McGregor the first knockout loss of his MMA career, much to the surprise of many fans. Some identified The Irishman’s recent Octagon inactivity as the cause for this outcome.

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‘The Notorious’ used a boxing-like stance in his fight against Poirier, abandoning his wider and more fluid Karate stance. Some suggested that it contributed to his loss, as it left him open to eating up leg kicks from ‘The Diamond’. Poirier’s calf kicks were the most dominant factor of this fight as it left McGregor’s legs severely compromised.

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)

Speaking to Ariel Helwani recently, ‘Rush’ scrutinized what went wrong for the Irish star. “I know he talks about how he got hurt with that calf calf kick. And when you’re in a boxing stance, very well. Often your weight, your, your, leg or your stance is wider and you’re a lot of your weight is, is put on the lead leg, which makes you very vulnerable for those leg kicks, you know, and that that could have been a big factor,” said St-Pierre.

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Georges St-Pierre reveals the reasons for McGregor’s loss

The former welterweight and middleweight champion of the UFC also implied that COVID might have played a role in The Irish fighter’s defeat. “And don’t forget also that that a lot of that meet our impact by COVID,” he said.

like me in Canada, even if I would want to train for a Friday, it’s illegal, you cannot even train. Well, I would have to move away. So I don’t know how it COVID as impact Conor’s, McGregor’s camp, I don’t know it is in in Ireland, you know, whether he had to modify the way he was training because of the COVID rules they did. They do more boxing, and that’s perhaps what made him not perform as good,” he added.

This might be a major factor in the outcome as well. Whether such implications were active in Ireland is unclear. McGregor and his team haven’t mentioned anything about the same yet. However, they have pointed out his recent inactivity as a factor.

‘Rush’ credits Dustin Poirier for his win over Conor McGregor

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St-Pierre also pointed out that ‘The Diamond’ fought a great fight against the former two-division UFC champion at UFC 257. He implied his game plan to the full extent and showcased his improvements over the years. He eventually avenged his loss against ‘The Notorious’ earlier in his career at UFC 178 in 2014.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (R-L) Dustin Poirier punches 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)

It was a monumental win in Poirier‘s career, and a trilogy is expected to take place soon between the duo. The score is set at 1-1 and a third fight is necessary to settle it once and for all. However, nothing has been signed yet.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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