LAS VEGAS — Karma can be a Mother Fucker, can’t it? After two drama-free fights with Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and Dustin Poirier, Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor was back to his low-rent self ahead of this past Saturday’s UFC 264 trilogy bout against Poirier.
McGregor took to social media last week and posted a screenshot of Jolie Poirier, Dustin’s wife, sending him a direct message on Instagram. For anyone that watched the UFC’s post-fight footage from Abu Dhabi at UFC 257, you saw Jolie enter McGregor’s locker room to thank him for his offer to donate $500,000 to Dustin’s ‘The Good Fight Foundation’ charity.
Jolie is heavily involved with the charity on a day-to-day basis, so she was clearly reaching out to him via Instagram about that contribution, which McGregor backed out of. Instead, he donated $500,000 to the Louisiana Boys and Girls Club.
But McGregor attempted to imply that Dustin’s wife was reaching out to him in a romantic sort of way, which was utterly ridiculous.
I really don’t feel like there’s much that’s out of line in the mental and verbal warfare between opponents in combat sports. The one exception to that is talking about another individual’s family. McGregor went this route with Khabib Nurmagomedov, hurling insults and jokes at his wife, his father and his religion, among other things.
The result? Nurmagomedov choked him out in the fourth round of their UFC 229 showdown.
In McGregor’s early years when he was dominating the sport in unprecedented fashion, he often accurately predicted the round and/or the method (knockouts) in which he’d defeat an upcoming opponent. He gave himself the moniker, ‘Mystic Mac.’
Well, ‘Mystic Mac’s prediction for Poirier at UFC 264 was a knockout loss and leaving the Octagon on a stretcher.
Indeed, ‘Mystic Mac’ nailed another prediction. This time around, though, he got the KO loss and the stretcher part right, albeit for the wrong person.
McGregor came out aggressive in the first minute of the fight, landing some strong shots and quite a few leg kicks as well. About two minutes into Round 1, Poirier connected with a good left that McGregor undoubtedly felt.
McGregor, you know, the dude that tweeted at Poirier that “the first one to shoot is a dusty bitch.” McGregor, who explained in multiple interviews during Fight Week how all that counts on one’s record is knockouts. He opined that submissions and “taps” didn’t count toward wins and losses in his mind.
Nevertheless, after getting stung by that left from Poirier, it was McGregor who attempted a front choke. That would’ve been fine if he kept it standing and let go if he felt it wasn’t tight enough to get a tap. Instead, he made an incomprehensible mental mistake by pulling guard and taking the guillotine-choke attempt to the ground.
Was it tight? Sure. Tight enough to finish Poirier, the vastly superior grappler who is nasty on the ground? Seriously? Please!
Moments later, Poirier wiggled out of the choke and was left on top in a dominant position. For nearly three minutes, Poirier delivered ground-and-pound punishment. McGregor made little effort to get up against the bigger and stronger opponent. He tried to land his own elbows from the bottom.
In the closing moments of Round 1, Poirier was trying to let referee Herb Dean know that McGregor kept holding his gloves, which is a rules violation. Frustrated that McGregor wasn’t even given a warning for it, ‘The Diamond’ stood up and when McGregor hopped up and stepped back, his lower leg basically snapped in half.
He fell to the ground with his back against the fence and covered up as Poirier had a few seconds to get a couple of shots in before the end of the round. The grotesque swelling was instant, and we soon found out the Dubliner had sustained a broken tibia and fibula. As the doctors entered the Octagon, Dean waved off the fight.
Poirier was declared the winner by TKO, hooking up his betting supporters as a favorite in the -130 to -140 range. Unlike nearly all of McGregor’s previous UFC appearances, a flood of late money didn’t come in on him to prompt a major adjustment to the odds. (Therefore, my bad on the advice to patiently wait for better odds on Poirier, but I certainly hope that didn’t discourage anyone from taking my selection to play Poirier heavily at the counter — as described here.)
Gamblers backing ‘under’ 1.5 rounds cashed a handsome +160 ticket at most spots. Prop bets on Poirier to win by KO/TKO brought back a +165 return, but the big score was for supporters of Dustin to win in Round 1 for a +600 payout.
As if McGregor’s dark and desperate antics toward Poirier and his wife weren’t foul enough during Thursday’s press conference (and on social media), he stooped to a heinous level with his words and gestures in the Octagon after the contest was halted.
Poirier told Rogan that McGregor had repeatedly threatened to murder him.
There seems to be some dispute about whether Conor said, “In your sleep, you’re getting it” or if he said, “in their sleep, you and your Mrs.”
What’s not in dispute is what Jolie gestured at McGregor during his pathetic rant. She gave him the middle finger and props to her for doing so.
McGregor was also furious to hear Bruce Buffer announce that Poirier had won by TKO, desperately screaming, “No TKO! Doctor stoppage. That’s a doctor’s stoppage. Change it, change it!”
In McGregor’s first comments to Rogan, he exclaimed, “I was boxing the bleedin’ head off him and kicking the bleedin’ leg off him! THIS IS NOT OVER! If I have to take this outside with him, it’s on outside.”
When Rogan asked about Poirier’s claim that the leg cracked or was fractured by him checking a leg kick, McGregor said, “There was no check! There was not one of them checked. Your wife is in my DMs! Hey baby, hit me back up. I’ll chat to you later on! You look in bits, ya little ho! Fuck [Poirier]!”
Still bitter today more than 48 hours after his loss — by the way, two of the three judges scored the opening round as a 10-8 for Dustin — and pathetic behavior, McGregor took to Twitter with more nonsense.
He even included a picture of Dustin’s daughter in one of his many tweets, all of which were deleted soon after they were posted (in vintage Jon Jones fashion).
McGregor has been given a six-month medical suspension, so he won’t be fighting until next summer at the earliest. Meanwhile, Poirier will face Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira later this year for the UFC lightweight belt.
McGregor has won one fight in the last 4.5 years, defeating a way-past-his-prime Cerrone via first-round KO at UFC 246. He’s been finished in three other Octagon appearances since 2017, and Conor is 1-4 in his last five scraps if we count his boxing defeat to Floyd Mayweather.
In that same span since 2017, Poirier owns an 8-1 record with six victories over former UFC champions. The lone defeat came against Nurmagomedov, who retired with an undefeated record.
Nevertheless, UFC President Dana White implied that a fourth fight between Dustin and Conor will need to happen at some point when McGregor gets healthy.
There are several issues with that notion, though. First, it’s crystal clear that Poirier will beat McGregor at least nine times out of 10 these days. Furthermore, there’s a good chance Poirier will be the 155-pound champ for much — if not all — of 2022.
Giving McGregor a lightweight title shot when he’s 1-3 in his last four fights and owns a 1-3 career record (with each loss via finish) in the lightweight loop would be complete insanity.
Whatever the case, Poirier’s future is extremely bright. The respect he’s earned from his fellow fighters on the UFC roster is immense. In dealing out a pair of backyard ass beatings to McGregor, the Lafayette, Louisiana, native also went about his business with dignity and class.
On the flip side, McGregor has been indicted as a marginal fighter whose best fighting days are well behind him. When he recovers, the Nate Diaz trilogy seems to be the likely return fight for him.
That won’t go well for McGregor, though. He should be given Tony Ferguson instead and guess what? That might be just what the doctor ordered for ‘El Cucuy’ to get back on track and end a three-fight losing streak.
As for Conor McGregor the human being? Well, for those that still support, like and enjoy this classless dirtbag, it’s time for them to take a long look into the mirror.
That karma thing? Yes indeed, it can be quite the Mother Fucker, can’t it?