People always predict a lot in Conor McGregor’s fights, and this weekend was no different. However, it is also important to listen to what Conor has to say amongst all of the speculation. We should be used to the fact that “anything” can happen during his bouts – from struggling with opponents inside of the squared circle or over-exerting himself outside the cage (such as holding conferences), being a class clown on TV interviews, offending more people he doesn’t know or forgetting where he lives…the list goes on!
How did the fight go?
This all happened after a really good round. Dustin Poirier didn’t take the lead right away, and things like low kicks went to Conor first this time. He did land some hard punches to Conor’s head, but it didn’t have the effect he had when he was in the welterweight division.
Dustin started to pick up the attacks and interrupt in some spots. Then there was a pass from Poirier, his avoidance of a guillotine attack, elbow strikes one by one, fighting for position and more strikes… This is not the type of fight where someone drags McGregor into the ground and that’s it. You can walk away from the TV. No, but at the end of the round it became apparent that Dustin’s pace offered his opponent cannot withstand. His concentration is not enough and he begins to miss more often.
In the moments that preceded this one, we also saw on replay what happened next. McGregor had hit Poirier with a right before the round was over, and his opponent was waiting for an opportunity to respond. He caught him off guard when Conor got up just after being knocked down and almost missed another kick because he didn’t get back into position in time, but then ended up doing a little dance until he fell again.
And then the leprechaun switches to Kramlin dialect, making it difficult for many to understand what’s being said. Joe Rogan takes Conor’s side, claiming that this is a complicated situation and nothing will be clear anytime soon. He echoed these sentiments in Dana White’s post-fight press conference.
Fighting in the UFC is not what McGregor does best. He’s more of a trash-talker and showman than fighter these days, but that’s what he excels at. There are signs of change within the MMA community, though, as evidence by this championship put together by The TKO Project that features other fighters from different martial arts backgrounds.
However, it seems that McGregor can never escape his penchant for an act or two before once again tucking up onto the card for 20 minutes to knock someone out just so he has something else to post on Instagram and Twitter about.
The outcome of the fight
All in all, Dustin Poirier leaves Lag Vegas with a win, one-legged Conor stays, and everyone is happy. Leprechaun’s funeral was good, again. We could do it again soon.