UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier isn’t happy to see Conor Mcgregor’s pre-fight leg injury excuse and feels like all this has made Conor look weak.
UFC 264 hosted the biggest trilogy fight in the history of the UFC. Conor Mcgregor and Dustin Poirier went toe to toe for the third time with the series being equal at 1-1. The fight ended in one of the most bizarre accidents in the UFC. In the very last moment of the first round, Conor snapped his ankle while throwing a punch and fell back on the ground. The doctor came in and waved off the fight as the ankle was completely broken. Dustin Poirier took the lead in the series as he won the fight by TKO via doctor stoppage.
After the fight, Conor Mcgregor revealed that he had a pre-fight ankle injury and he had already informed UFC president Dana White about it. Conor stated that it was due to that injury that led to the incident during the fight. He also said that if that injury wouldn’t have taken place the outcome of the fight would have been different and he could have finished Poirier in the latter rounds of the fight.
Dustin Poirier replies to Conor Mcgregor
“Right off the bat, mentally, I just feel like it’s weak,” Poirier said on “THE FIGHT with Teddy Atlas.” “It’s weak, it’s excuses, but I’m trying not to read too far into it or go down these days of reading what videos are out and what people are saying because I’m back home with my family. It’s a win on my record. I know I did what I needed to do in the fight, pre-fight, in my training camp.
“I crossed and checked all the boxes I needed to check, gave it my all and then went out there and – like we’re saying, it’s noise. Whatever people are gonna say or he’s gonna say, it is what it is. I’m healthy, I’m safe, I’m back home, have another win on my record, and I’m still the No. 1 contender, so those are facts.”
Dustin Poirier revealed that he felt he saw the same look in Mcgregor’s eyes which he saw at UFC 257 when Dustin knocked out Conor.
“We threw crosses at the same time,” Poirier said. “I slipped his, and I kind of threw a looping cross that touched him good, and now I know. I saw the same eyes that I saw in Abu Dhabi when I hurt him on the feet. He makes a certain expression, and his reaction is a certain way when he’s hurt, and now I’ve seen it twice. He was hurt before the grappling and him clinching and the takedown and all that. He was hurt on the feet, and I really feel like if he wouldn’t have engaged in the clinch, I think I would have finished him there. I saw the same look in his eyes, and I knew I was a punch or two away from sitting him down.”
Dustin stated that all these excuses Conor is giving after the fight are not going to have any effect on the outcome of their fight. He also said that Conor always has excuses ready after he losses his fight just like he had some things to say after his last loss at UFC 257.
“There were a lot of excuses in the last one, too,” Poirier said. “He was getting ready to box, he wasn’t focusing on mixed martial arts, he was getting ready to fight Manny Pacquiao and a lot of reasons. A lot of excuses. …
“If you’re training for a fight, you’re going to go into fight week with something going on. Whether it’s an elbow, a wrist, a hand, an ankle, something’s gonna be busted up.”
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