For the first time in his MMA career, Connor McGregor suffered a knockout defeat when Dustin Pourier in his main event fight at UFC 257 prevented him with a second-round strike.
Later, UFC analysts Michael Bisping and Chail Sonon addressed what went wrong with McGregor’s performance, although there were differences over what actually happened to the UFC Hall of Famer and former two-division contender former two-division champion.
“Connor seemed a little bit slower than I remember,” Connor said during UFC 257’s post-fight show. “We know as humans, you don’t get better at nothing by not doing it. I give a lot of weight to what Connor said that the layoffs hurt him.
“I saw his timing, but I also saw Dustin stopping things, firing from behind, chewing that lead leg.” Not to mention, not only the takedown, but the threat of the takedown pays dividends. “
McGregor, who had not struggled since January 2020, made no excuse for the defeat, paying tribute to Poyer for a job well done. The result was a far cry from their first fight six years ago when McGregor dispatched Poore in less than two minutes.
This time, Poire induced McGregor to attack each other before attacking the Irishman with a series of ferocious calves after swinging on one leg.
Sonan believes the huge spread of inactivity has plagued McGregor since becoming the first fighter in UFC history to be a two-tiered champion, and it really came back to bite him.
“You can go in and sparse, you too can get up and put those miles in,” Sonnen explained. “I believe Connor McGregor worked very hard, but there is a different intensity. When you are talking about the competition there is a different tension. See if we have any myths as an industry in 2020, So it is that we have Connor McGregor, ‘I would like to fight four times’, and we allowed him to fight once.
“There are other competitions that people are getting into. They will participate in a cut-throat competition, they will just pick something up to get that crowd, just to get those vibes, just to stay behind, that warm-up, one Sleep at the hotel, wait-in. Connor did none of those things. “
It is impossible to deny that McGregor has been sitting out for a long time since 2016. He has only competed since winning the lightweight title three times in the UFC, going 1-2 over that period, while a boxing loss to Floyd Mayweather for a 10th round TKO. Matches in 2017.
While away from the Octagon certainly doesn’t help, Bisping believes that McGregor actually faced the same enemy, which hindered him in his FFC career.
“I noticed here that Connor’s conditioning once again had its ugly drawback,” said Bisping. “I hate to say that. Dustin Pourier had the perfect game plan – go to the clinic, try and take him down – and he did it perfectly. At the start of the fight, Connor looked sharp. He looked Connor as usual. Getting off the left hand, looking confident, moving forward, but then when you make a wrestler who is not used to it, who has a history of being tired, that’s what we saw. We saw changing facial expressions. We saw a change in confidence and then as the tide began to come, Dustin Pourier saw the opening, putting him to sleep. Just a tremendous night for Dustin Poirier.
“When the stakes were high and Dustin was getting success, he was opening up that in the past I think McGregor would have taken advantage there. But as I said, he was getting a little tired and we saw that What happened.
However, there are differing opinions about whether ring rust is actually a factor for fighters returning prematurely, with Bisping returning to his own with Georges St-Pierre after returning nearly four years away and capturing the UFC Middleweight Championship Looked at past experiences of.
“Georges St-Pierre got off the couch after three and a half years, knocking me unconscious,” said Bisping. “Many people say that ring rust is a mental thing and it is. This is a mental thing.
“If Connor was staying in the gym and not everything he said was a factor. The reality is that tonight he went out there and he defeated Dustin Pooyer. There’s no shame in that. “
If there is one thing they agree on, it was that Poirier deserves credit for a job well done. The former interim winner carried out a game plan that left McGregor on crutches after the incident for a calf kick, which helped set up a knockout in the second round.
“At the end of the day you get ready, two people enter the cage, Dustin was a better man tonight,” Bisping said. “You can find excuses. You can try it out. Final Answer Tonight the better man wins the fight. “