Conor McGregor teases Dustin Poirier trilogy fight as he gives fresh reason for defeat
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Conor McGregor has claimed that his ‘single disciplined’ approach against Dustin Poirier ended his chances of winning despite the Irishman being in the best physical condition of his life. He was knocked out in the second round at UFC 257 after Poirier had chipped away with a number of brutal leg kicks before finishing the bout with a rapid flurry of unanswered punches.
McGregor was returning to the Octagon for the first time in over a year after his early stoppage win over Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in January 2020.
The event was expected to act as a precursor to the 32-year-old’s proposed crossover bout with boxing veteran Manny Pacquiao, but his prospects of facing the Filipino welterweight became uncertain after the unfavourable result against Poirier.
A third fight seems to be the most likely course of action, with McGregor telling fans on Instagram that he is chomping at the bit to redeem himself later this year.
The former two-weight UFC champion began a lengthy post by claiming: “What a trilogy I now have on my hands. Exciting!
“With a handle on the leg kicks I will get back to having fun in there. I was in second gear cruising this fight. Best condition I’ve ever been in.
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“After the wrestling and clinch exchanges my shots still held their pop. First time for me with this so I am very encouraged to keep going.
“It was the first time I did not use/nor need the stool between rounds also. I did need the stool after tho that’s for sure.”
McGregor revealed his belief that his lack of recent activity had influenced the result, as well as his self-confessed one dimensional performance.
He admitted that he had approached the bout from a boxing perspective in order to prepare for a fight with Pacquiao, claiming that Poirier was easily able to break him down as a result.
“I enjoyed racking up some more time inside the famed UFC Octagon,” McGregor continued. “40 seconds in three years is all I’d had up to this bout. I was savouring every second and enjoying my work.
“A little single disciplined in my approach and stance with mostly boxing. It’s what I get for picking this bout and opponent as a precursor to a boxing match against Pacman.
“I deserved to get the legs kicked off me going in with this thinking. This is not the game to play around with.”
McGregor made no attempt to pretend that Poirier’s leg kicks did not hurt him, suggesting that his opponent’s tactic was crucial in deciding the outcome.
“The leg attacks were building up on me throughout the course [of the fight],” he added.
“18 in total thrown at me, with the final one buckling my leg fully, that was that. The peroneal nerve compromised. Fascinating! First time to experience it.
“Then a tremendous finishing flurry by my opponent. Hats off! A well fought fight by The Diamond. 1 a piece now with a Trilogy bout for all the marbles! Wow! Exciting!
“Not a trilogy I was expecting, nor the tactical affair I was anticipating, but I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t meant to be. This is exactly how this was always meant to be! Buzzing!!”
It remains to be seen whether McGregor will immediately pursue a rematch with Poirier or hold off in order to chase a return to boxing against Pacquiao.
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