What Would Happen If Conor McGregor Loses This Fight?

Published 07/08/2021, 7:46 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, CA – OCTOBER 06: Conor McGregor sits on the canvas after being submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov during UFC 229 lightweight championship match at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Friday, Oct. 6, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht/Digital First Media/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)


UFC 264 is finally here! The event will see the company host a live crowd in Las Vegas for the first time since the pandemic. Fans in the ‘Fight Capital of the World’ are in for a treat. The trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will headline the event, and the stakes are as high as they can be this time around.

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The Irish superstar is coming off a loss in his last fight against Poirier, and it was also the first time he was ever finished in the cage via TKO. However, it wasn’t his first loss in his professional MMA career, as he had lost four fights via submission as well—the most recent of these being his losses against fierce opponents Khabib Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz.

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However, what will happen if McGregor loses this fight too? The result will leave a bad mark on his entire legacy. Not only will this fight decide who will come out on top in McGregor and Poirier’s duel, but it will also decide who the new lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira, will face sometime down the line.

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The winner of this fight has been promised a title shot, and McGregor would love to grab his belt back and become the champion he once was. However, for a man who loves his respect and admires the reverence of his fans, a loss will mean that both of these things take a hit.

Yes, McGregor has lost before, but he was able to avenge his loss against Nate Diaz. While he couldn’t do the same against Khabib Nurmagomedov, who retired last year, he has a golden opportunity to get the fans back on his hype train at UFC 264. However, whether he’ll be able to do it is another question.

Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier and the importance of stamina

One of the biggest talking points coming into this fight is McGregor’s gas tank. Out of the 27 fights he has fought in, Conor has reached the third round in only three of them. While this isn’t his fault as he has finished 20 of them before the third, Poirier is not someone who can be finished easily.

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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)

Dustin Poirier has been a part of several amazing fights and wars. He can take an incredible amount of punishment and dish it out too. ‘The Diamond’ has also gone on record to say that if the fight goes past the third round, he’ll win it. While this might sound arrogant, it is the most likely outcome.

Conor McGregor needs to prove that he has the stamina to go all five rounds with Poirier. If he does have it, the fight will be a lot more competitive. For now, fans can enjoy the vintage Conor McGregor theatrics that he is employing.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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