Conor McGregor was on stage in entrance of reporters Saturday, a scenario he’s turn into properly accustomed to at this level in his profession. Not like each different MMA post-fight information convention he’s attended, nonetheless, one thing was totally different.
Aware of discussing knockout victories, McGregor (22-5 MMA, 10-Three UFC) opened up about his first knockout loss – a second-round TKO from strikes suffered to Dustin Poirier within the UFC 257 fundamental occasion.
With a mixture of feelings starting from disappointment to numb to completely satisfied, McGregor sifted via his emotions and what went improper within the struggle.
“It’s coronary heart breaking, John,” McGregor mentioned when answering MMA Junkie’s John Morgan. “It’s onerous to take. The very best highs and the bottom lows on this sport.”
All pre-fight technical evaluation and breakdowns had been irrelevant when the 2 fighters stepped within the cage at UFC 257. Leg kicks turned a significant storyline within the struggle. Regardless of McGregor’s finest poker face, Poirier continued to pepper his opponent’s lead leg till the Irishman was severely compromised.
“My leg is totally useless,” McGregor mentioned. “Despite the fact that I felt like I used to be checking them, it was simply sinking into the muscle within the entrance of the leg, and it was badly compromised. It was like an American soccer in my swimsuit on the minute, so it’s what it’s.”
Moreover leg kicks, McGregor pointed to inactivity as a contributing issue to his efficiency. UFC 257 was McGregor’s first competitors in 12 months and solely his second in 29 months.
“It’s the entire shebang, however I’ve no excuses right here. It was an outstanding efficiency Dustin. I don’t know what to say,” McGregor mentioned. “I’m going to return. I’m going to relax out. I’ll watch the total struggle and get a greater grasp on it. The leg was compromised. I used to be dashing the pictures just a little bit, and I didn’t modify. That’s that. It’s a bitter tablet to swallow. I don’t even know if I’m that upset. I don’t know what to say.”
Following the conclusion of the UFC 257 fundamental card, UFC president Dana White predicted McGregor will comply with certainly one of two paths: motivating himself to return again sturdy or strolling away from MMA altogether. McGregor indicated the latter will not be in his plans.
“I’ll actually regroup,” McGregor mentioned. “I’ll regroup. I’ll choose myself off the ground and go once more. That’s it. Kinds make fights. There’s many nice stylistic fights on the market. Myself and Dustin are one-and-one. Myself and Nate are one-and-one. There are a lot of good matchups for me. I’ll undertake a special method for the trilogy. … I’ve much more weapons I didn’t get to indicate. It wasn’t my evening. It wasn’t a fantastic evening. Once more, no excuses. Hats off. (I’ll) regroup and choose myself up. I stay up for going again now and seeing the youngsters and simply taking the licks.”
Reflecting on his UFC 257 expertise, competing on “Struggle Island,” and returning to competitors, McGregor discovered some silver linings between disappointment and defeat.
“I bought to return out right here and do that struggle right here within the Center East, placed on a present for the individuals,” McGregor mentioned. “I’ve accomplished my finest. Issues don’t go your method at instances. Properly, choose your self up and keep on. I’ve bought a whole lot of good issues occurring in my life, so I simply maintain my head excessive. That’s it. Take the pictures, take the licks, and simply carry on going.”