Conor McGregor’s hopes of facing off against Khabib Nurmagomedov appear to have been dashed after the UFC fighter lost against Dustin Poirier last night.
McGregor was taken down in the second round by the American fighter with some strong kicks. With a combination of moves, Poirier was able to win the match two minutes and 32 seconds into the second round.
In his post-match interview, McGregor said, “
“It’s heart-breaking and hard to take. My leg is completely dead. It’s like an American football in my suit at the minute. If you put in the time in here, you’re going to get cosy in here and I just have to dust it off and come back and that’s what I will do. I need activity, you don’t get away with being inactive in this business.”
He added, “As long as you stay active and as long as you compete, things shape around you. You show up, you reap the rewards. That’s what happened for Dustin and it’s what’s happened against me.”
“I’ll keep my eyes on the prize. Don’t write me off yet, I’ll make my adjustments and keep moving. I’ll go back, get healthy and I’ll re-prepare. I’ve got to a great place in my body physically and I’ll continue to grow that.”
On Khabib Nurmagomedov’s criticism, McGregor said, “If he wants to have his disrespectful comments, come back and let’s go again, my man. I’m here for it. That’s fighting talk. If you’re coming back, come back – you try and do it.”