Al Iaquinta was wrong after all.
In October, before the Dustin Poirier-Connor McGregor rematch was officially finalized, Equinata told me that he felt Poire had already lost the fight.
“what is the man doing?” Iaquinta said. “What’s that, Conner’s fan? It’s terrifying. Like Connor, ‘I’ll blow you up, and I’ll give my money to you.” I’d like, ‘Brother, I’ll blow my f — over self and when I beat Ch’ s of you — I’ll donate my own money. What is this? Kumbaya Like what? hell. are u joking? He has already lost the battle.
“There is no doubt in my mind that Dustin is losing that battle. He already is.” [conceded] In everything. He’s like, ‘Thanks for the fight. It would be great if we would fight in Ireland or wherever, and give thanks, we would fight for charity. ‘It’s like that, man, get away from here. This is a fight. what? Are you kidding me Are you going to thank the man? You think Connor is really the one – it’s for him, it’s not for you, Dustin. Relax, brother. “
When he said that, some said it was harsh.
I admit, I too, thought that Pourier was falling for McGregor’s mind games. I felt that McGregor was stripping him and making him feel a false sense of security.
However, in the end, Poyer was where he was supposed to be. Both mentally and physically.
Poirier has taken away from the motto “25 minutes to make the world right again”. Saturday night, after a career full of ups and downs, he needed less than 10. Poirier told me in June that McGregor’s loss in 2014 improved his career. It was impossible to know until they fight again. Now we know. He is one of the best fighters on the planet.
Where does he go from here? Does a fight against Michael Chandler for the interim title really make a ton of sense? If not, how about Charles Oliveira? Either way, the man deserves a big fight next. It is obvious. If indeed Khabi Nurmgomedov is done, the pourier must fight fully for the next undisputed title.
Isn’t it so clear what this is all about for McGregor. The loss is on a large scale. There is no doubt about it. He had big plans for 2021 in and out of the Octagon. Does this result ruin those plans? To an extent, yes.
Does it dim McGregor’s moment. Yes. Absolutely.
But he said that later inaction hurt him and he wants to improve it this year. This is good news for the UFC. He is still a big draw. The loss is not as much in MMA as they do in boxing. Speaking of which, I’ll say it all, but – at least for now – dreams of his Manny Pacquiao. it’s not a big deal. He should focus on MMA.
But McGregor has also been here before. He was considered in 2016 following the loss of Nathan Diaz.
Of course, we all know, he sprung up again and became even more popular. Five years later, he would have to do it again.
Hmm. Diaz, eh? This seems like the perfect time for the trilogy, doesn’t it?
– Ariel Helwani
Welcome to UFC, Michael Chandler
If Khabib Nurmagomedov needed to see something impressive to consider a return, Michael Chandler provided it. In the former Bellatore champion’s first Octagon trip, Chandler flattened the famed durable Dan Hooker with a two-punch combination, then finished a slim hooker with a consecutive punch for the first-round TKO. In 150 seconds, and with a backflip from the cage, the lightweight division found another title contender.
Nine years after winning his first major world title and being introduced into the UFC rankings by fans and media alike, Chandler showed remarkable patience in this long-awaited debut. He followed the occasional running hooker, coping well with a “2-3” combination premature calf baby – straight right, left hook – that marked the beginning of the end for the hooker.
Absent clarity over Nurmagomedov’s position led to the split and – with it – no definite result of either a particularly light bout at UFC 257, Chandler’s most important skill could be his ability to cut a versatile promo. In order, taking a page from Ric Flair’s book, Chandler summons Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier and Nurmagomedov. This gives the UFC Material the title fight for either the empty belt outside the Nurmagomedov sweepstakes for booking.
Chandler could not have started better, either for him or for promotion.
– Phil Murphy
Jojo Calderwood should get a title shot
If you want to argue with me on this, that’s fine, but listen to me. After losing in his previous performance, Caldwood, who defeated Jessica I by unanimous decision, did not exclusively shoot the title, but the story is more than that.
Calderwood was scheduled to fight Valentina Shevchenko last year, but missed the opportunity when Shevchenko was injured and needed to bring back his fight date. Instead of waiting for the shot, Calderwood fought a dangerous battle against the presenting artist Jennifer Mia and lost in the first round.
Shortly after the fight, Calderwood left unconscious in the back and required therapy for a low heart rate, and it was later revealed that he was ill the week of the fight. This has nothing to do with Maia, but Calderwood risked a guaranteed title shot to take a fight, fought ill and lost – and then bounced back to UFC 257 and a dominant performance against a former title challenger Entered.
If she wants to wait for the shot at this time, I will not congratulate her. Shevchenko needs to fight Jessica Andred first, and if Calderwood comes after it, I have no problem with it.
– Brett Okamoto
Peña won’t get a title shot, but it’s not far away
Some may have rolled their eyes when they heard Juliana Pena in her postfight interview saying that her UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes was ducking them. But Peña’s strategy was ultimately successful, as it greatly boosted Nunes’ willingness to respond to him via Twitter. Peña’s comeback submission on Sarah McMann was very impressive, but it may have been lost in the shuffle without any less exchange with shampoos. Those postfight interviews are a fighter forum that arouses interest in their next fight. Like that, Peña was successful.
Lioness already responded to Juliana Pena’s callout # UFC257 4
– ESPN MMA (@espnmma) January 24, 2021
No, Peña won’t get the next title shot. She lost to Jermaine De Randamy in her final battle, and even though De Randamy had already lost to Nunes, the division is slim. Aspen Lad and Penny Kinjad have some momentum. But these are not very big obstacles for Peña. He is very close to a title shot that many people think. Nunes is the UFC women’s featherweight champion, as well as defending her in March against Megan Anderson. There is a chance that by the time Nunes returns at bantamweight, Pena must have shed a good enough streak to earn the right to face him. If so, it would have all started with this postfight interview that some people put up.
– Mark Raymondi