Midnight Mania! Firas Zahabi: Conor McGregor ‘abandoned’ Poirier’s loss


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There is a definitive belief that Conor McGregor struggles with long, difficult fights. While there are a few examples to the contrary – his second-round rally against Chad Mendes and his victory over Nate Diaz, for example – it’s a tale strong enough that McGregor himself has spoken of calling his cardio problems “myth”.

McGregor’s loss in the main event to Dustin Poirier was not at the heart of the second round, but despite that, the Irishman is being watched closely in how he handles adversity. Veteran MMA coach Firas Zahabi broke the fight down on his YouTube channel and, in his opinion, McGregor has given up in the face of adversity.

“In the second round, when McGregor got hit along the fence. I found it odd that he wasn’t – it looked like he had already given up on the fight, ”Zahabi said (transcribed via BloodyElbow). “Before he hit the canvas, I felt like he had given up on the fight because things were getting tough.

“The fight was getting tough. His left hand didn’t work and he’s not used to it. He’s not used to hitting guys with the big left, and then (they) keep fighting. McGregor, in the second round, dropped his best card. He landed that perfect left hand, the one he’s relied on throughout his career. But for some reason it didn’t work.

“Poirier didn’t come down, and it looks like McGregor got emotional about it. He started to cover up, he was hit, but it didn’t seem like he was trying to go around and survive, ”he explained. “He looked like a guy who said, ‘This is the end, I better do something.’ He threw a few punches, but they were like – almost desperate.

While Zahabi praised McGregor’s boxing and skill, Zahabi also believes that Poirier’s experience in bloody battles helps make a difference. Zahabi later summed up his take on the fight: “When McGregor gets into a heated battle, it looks like he’s going to fold. It looks like he’ll fold faster than Poirier from afar.


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Briefs, rips and knockout clips

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The best way to prove your instructions are worth buying:

Random terrain

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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts craze is still going on.


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