The wait became eternal. All lovers of mixed martial arts (MMA) hoped to see Conor McGregor again on the Octagon. The Irishman looked very into his return to the UFC. The third round of him after announcing his retirement, but the plan did not go as he wanted. He did get media attention, but for what matters, inside the cage, his dream was shattered by his loss to Dustin Poirier.
Everything was ready. McGregor had gone back to training hard thinking about a stellar return to the UFC. Calmer, without inflammatory statements and showing respect for his rival, but also with that arrogant tone that his followers like so much, trusting that he could take the victory. A fight in which ‘The Notorius’ was expected to dominate the first three rounds, but he only endured the first of them.
Conor had promised that he would win in 60 seconds and that was what he endured dominating in the octagon, after that Poirier connected a couple of blows at high speed that left his rival touched and that he solved with a brutal right hand that led to McGregor to fall for the first time in his career by KO. Emotional blow for the Irishman, who has been extended in time with the attacks that he has been suffering since his defeat.
They were waiting for him or at least that is what is usually said in these cases. The inactivity took a toll on ‘The Notorius’, who had not fought since his fight against Donald Cerrone, which he won in just 40 seconds by knockout. But a year had passed without him fighting again and it showed in the Octagon, despite all the training in recent months. And, precisely, that is what his haters have used.
Center of the target
Floyd Mayweather was one of the first to dig Conor McGregor’s grave: “I saw this post and my opinion is that the world knows that ‘Scammer McLoser’ can steal everything from me and be loved, but they hate me. That allows them to everyone know that racism still exists. “
“I just know that that bum will never be like me or on my level. I’m just built differently, my mindset is on another planet, my skills are second to none, I’m a born winner and yes, I speak a lot of nonsense, but I stand by it! every time! “were the destructive words of ‘Money’.
In fact, Mayweather came to mix racism in his battle outside the ring with McGregor: “It’s sad that you can be a poor black guy from the ghetto who has dealt with racism all your life and has worked so hard to put you and your family in a better position, and most of the hate comes from my own people. Conor can’t even win at his own sport, but he’s talking about going back to boxing to fight Pacquiao. Nobody wants to see that, it’s like my leftovers are eat the leftovers. “
The former boxing world champion has not been the only one to charge against ‘The Notorius’. Justin Gaethje did it shortly after: “I don’t feel bad for McGregor. I love seeing a largemouth get knocked out, there’s nothing that makes me happier. Seeing a piece of shit get slaughtered, it was great, I loved it. So then later come out and say you want a title shot in a rematch with Poirier, or his coach, they’re idiots. “
Accused of receiving special treatment and not taking advantage of it, of masking his true character to give an image of humble, the last to join the bandwagon of criticism was Khabib Nurmagomédov: “There is no way a man can be at the top twice. I’m not just talking about McGregor. “
“What I mean is that one man cannot have two stellar events. One team could do it. For example, Real Madrid did this several times in a row. Teams can do it, but we are talking about us and one man, alone, no it can come to that, “said ‘The Eagle’.
“I have to return”
Neither the losses nor the criticism have made a dent in what fans think of Conor McGregor. The Irishman has many fans who continue to rely on further victories to reign in the UFC. This is also something that annoys his rivals, but before the revolutionary media engine of ‘The Notorius’ they can do nothing beyond his poisoned darts.
There has been speculation about the possibility that McGregor decided after his defeat to step aside and there has even been talk of a future in WWE. But the veteran fighter is clear: he wants to reign. A thought that he had clear since his defeat against Poirier. “Now I have to go back. I can’t stay with this feeling,” said the Irishman. It only remains to know when and against whom.