The account of Conor McGregor’s latest loss – due to the doctor’s stoppage in the main event of the UFC 264 trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier – has not been so much about the fact that he was beaten, than on the way he let himself be beaten. McGregor may have been pummeled on the mat for most of a lap, his leg may have snapped in half like a dried twig, but for many the moment he really lost was when he s ‘is sitting on the canvas, after the end of the fight, shouting death threats to his opponent on the other side of the Octagon.
It was then that, to many fans and experts, Conor McGregor looked like a loser.
UFC commentator Paul Felder recently sat down with welterweight contender Michael Chiesa for an episode of the UFC roundup where the two discussed McGregor’s post-fight comments. And to hear the ‘Irish dragon’ say it, McGregor literally wasn’t in a position to utter death threats against anyone (transcription via MMA fight).
“You’re on the ground with your leg broken in half at the bottom, threatening to kill someone, to a man who’s just dominated you twice in a row now, he might walk around and kick you in the mouth, all knock your teeth out and leave you for dead on this canvas, ”Felder said. ‘You are the one who is able to get yourself killed, Conor, there.
“Show humility. Listen, this sport is violent. I understand. We’re supposed to fight each other, knock each other out. But at the end of the day, it’s not about murder. It’s not about your family. Leave these things out of your mouth, or get the hell out of the octagon, I never want to see you again.
Felder added that MMA is not a “street fight”. And with the serious injuries that combat sports can cause, “talking about this stuff is just disgusting.”
McGregor’s coach blamed a surge of excessive hormones for his fighter’s caged tirade. But the following days don’t seem to have seen McGregor soften his stance at all. Instead, he spent his time quoting Scarface on social media and posting photos of Poirier and his daughter, alongside what appear to be veiled threats. If he was just caught in the moment, that moment seems to go on for a while.
Dana White also expressed her displeasure with McGregor’s antics, telling media that fighters should “leave people’s families and wives and everything out of that.” However, that hasn’t stopped his interest in putting McGregor back in the cage, with the intention of setting Poirier against McGregor 4 once fighter SBG Ireland recovers from his injury. Even with McGregor doubling down on his last L, it looks like he’s going to get exactly what he wants.