The return of Conor McGregor to the octagon was poisoned by the revenge defeat to Dustin Poirier, who showed that he was well prepared for the Irishman. This loss throws back Conor in the possible title bout, which he lost to Nurmagomedov in 2018. Login Casino follows the most interesting sports news in fighting, now describing the bout and possible future of its participants.
The UFC 257 fight night was an awaited event for MMA as it was headlined by the return of Conor McGregor, one of the most popular fighters right now. It was a perfect moment to regain a dominant position in the UFC's lightweight division after Nurmagomedov retired a few months ago.
Were there any chances for Conor in the UFC 257?
Poirier was unexpectedly well prepared for the Irishman and took stylish revenge after his loss to Conor in 2014. The starting activity from McGregor was promising, but Dustin rapidly adjusted to such an opponent's manner. In the second round, Poirier showed why he is one of the best in the division, showing sharp handwork and excellent leg movement. All in all, McGregor was dismantled by Dustin's legs and punches, so the referee had to stop the fight in the middle of the second round.
While the predictions were totally on McGregor's side, Poirier showed that hard work is more important in the octagon than media activity. Conor's retirement in summer 2020 was followed by the fast decision to come back in autumn, but it's obvious he didn’t regular training sessions over this period. Even though experts insisted that McGregor would have an advantage in both leg and handwork, he lost to Poirier in terms of both of these components.
What is next?
According to Dana White, there are only two variants for Conor right now – to become angrier or give up. However, the after-match confidence and respect to Dustin forces to think the "Notorious" will prepare another valuable bout with huge media attention, at least. It can be either revenge with Khabib (without a belt at stake) or even a boxing rematch with Mayweather, but fighting just another strong opponent from the lightweight division is enough to attract a lot of PPV attention.
Although Poirier is way less provocative than Conor, Dustin has already claimed that he is the recent UFC's lightweight champion. There are no doubts that the organization will take him as the major belt contender, but he will be forced to fight for the title: with Khabib or another opponent. Nevertheless, Poirier has undoubtedly confirmed he deserves all the respect and his recent status.