Conor McGregor reacts to KO loss to Dustin Poirier, reveals if he’ll fight again
Dustin Poirier shocked the world on Saturday after he came away with a convincing knockout win over Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 257 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. In the aftermath of his devastating loss to Poirier, the Irish MMA star addressed talks about his future in the UFC.
In his post-fight interview with Jon Anik, The Notorious confirmed that he won’t be retiring as he aims to fight again this year. He also made no excuses for his poor performance but did suggest that inactivity cost him his first bout in over a year.
“Of course, I need activity. You don’t get away with being inactive in this business. I’ll take my licks. I’m gutted. It’s a tough one to swallow, I put in a lot of work and I’m proud of my work,” McGregor said.
Here’s the full interview.
"You don't get away with being inactive in this business. … I'm gutted."
— ESPN (@espn) January 24, 2021
Conor McGregor last fought in January 2020, defeating Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in one round. He was actually pegged as the favorite in his highly anticipated rematch with Dustin Poirier, whom he also knocked out in their first encounter back in 2014. The Diamond, however, improved greatly over the years and got the better of McGregor this time around.
After a back-and-forth first round where most pundits had McGregor winning in the scorecards, it was Poirier who came out swinging in Round 2.
A gorgeous combination turned the lights out for McGregor, as referee Herb Dean stopped the bout at the 2:32 mark of the second.
Meanwhile, Conor Gregor’s insistence that he will not be retiring is definitely great news for fight fans across the world. It is worth noting that the former two-division champion has already announced his retirement from fighting on two separate occasions, but he still found himself back in the UFC Octagon.