‘We are All Hurt’- Anthony Smith Trashes Conor McGregor for His Excuses After the Loss to Dustin Poirier

Published 07/21/2021, 1:45 PM EDT


Conor McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 via a doctor stoppage after suffering a leg injury in the first round. ‘The Diamond’ claimed that it was the check that cracked McGregor’s leg, which later got fractured.

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But McGregor sold a completely different story by claiming that the leg was already injured in the training camp. His excuse convinced many people, but the former light heavyweight title challenger Anthony Smith didn’t buy the story.

In a recent podcast session, ‘Lion Heart’ made a bold statement about McGregor’s injury. Anthony Smith said “Conor wasn’t anymore hurt than Dustin was going in to that fight.

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“It’s not me saying Conor wasn’t banged up or his legs weren’t bothering him or his shin want cracked up or whatever. But he wasn’t anymore injured than Dustin Poirier was.

“And that’s my perspective at it form like an athlete. Like its easy for a fan or for someone who hasn’t done it. They say oh he was hurt. We are all hurt.”

Anthony Smith continues, “Every single one of us, every single time we fight. There is not one person ever says that could go in hundred percent healthy.

“So his excuses are very invalid to me. To the general public makes sense people would be buying that excuse. But Conor knows all of us don’t buy it because we are all hurt too.”

Pre-fight leg injury plagued Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor released a series of photos on his social media account, confirming his pre-fight injury. ‘The Notorious’ one tweets Wouldn’t change my journey for no ones! The greatest of all time!

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The photos clearly show that the Irishman was already having an issue with his left leg. The first snap shows McGregor icing on his feet.

This is the same foot that got injured in the fight against Dustin Poirier. The second picture shows the x-ray images and the last two show McGregor supporting his left leg with a leg strap.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor of Ireland celebrates after knocking out 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 Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Even all that proof couldn’t convince ‘Lion Heart‘ as he feels every fighter suffers some injuries coming into a fight. Smith believes no fighter can enter the octagon a hundred percent healthy because fighters go through exhausting training camps where they suffer pre-fight injuries.

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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