‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’- Conor McGregor Looks to Bring Back the True ‘Notorious’

Published 02/08/2021, 11:33 AM EST
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)


UFC lightweight Conor McGregor took to social media and made sure to put to rest any doubts about his intentions. The Irishman made it known that his moniker ‘The Notorious’ would once again take the form that it once did. McGregor who was known for his brash trash-talking abilities turned a new leaf when he fought at UFC 246.

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His most recent outing a year later against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 saw more of the same coming in. Chiefly, fans didn’t know what to expect as he ditched his trash-talking for a calm, overtly respectful approach. However, it seems as though ‘The Notorious’ is primed for a big-time return when Conor McGregor makes the walk again.

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There was rampant debate as to whether McGregor’s new affable persona was just something that didn’t translate into the cage. It’s well known that some fighters need an extra edge when competing under the bright lights. The MMA community will certainly be on the lookout to see what demeanor McGregor’s next performance brings out.

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The former two-division champion suffered his first MMA career TKO loss to Dustin Poirier on January 23, 2021. ‘The Diamond’ executed a near-flawless game plan as he exploited Conor’s wide stance with blistering leg kicks. McGregor’s leg was severely compromised and he eventually succumbed to Poirier’s intense pressure strikes.

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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)

Had he won that morning in Abu Dhabi, the Irishman would have most likely been the next in line for UFC gold. UFC President Dana White was keen on rematching McGregor with Khabib Nurmagomedov to pull in massive numbers. However, that fight was tossed right out of the window following Conor’s fall to Poirier.

He will have to come back and defeat another elite lightweight in order to make his case to contention. Tony Ferguson comes in as a strong contender given that he’s on a two-fight losing skid. Not to mention, both men have a history together and the fight wouldn’t be hard to put together. It’s critical that Conor McGregor pulls out a massive win in his next fight so that he builds upon his esteemed status.

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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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