Conor McGregor is spinning a false narrative that Dustin Poirier did nothing in their fight
- Conor McGregor falsely claimed that Dustin Poirier did nothing in their fight Saturday.
- "You can celebrate that illegitimate win all you want but you done nothing in there," McGregor said.
- The reality is that McGregor broke his leg, lost the fight, and is just bitterly complaining.
The former two-weight UFC champion was in desperate need of a win heading into the UFC 264 showdown, but sustained a horror injury and suffered a fourth loss in five fights from all combat disciplines.
McGregor could not stand up on his own accord, had a foot cast placed to hold his leg in place after a bone had snapped, but continued to shout obscenities and issue death threats from the floor.
He was later taken to hospital and underwent a 3.5-hour-long surgery in Los Angeles, according to TMZ Sports, "where doctors inserted a rod in his tibia and his fibula was fixed with plates and screws," the tabloid website's sources said.
McGregor will remain in hospital until the middle of the week, but has already posted a video on social media in which he details a recovery that includes six weeks on a crutch.
"It was a hell of a first round," McGregor said in the 59-second clip. "It would have been nice to get into that second round, and then to see what's what. But it is what is - a clean break of the tibia, and it was not to be.
"Dustin, you can celebrate that illegitimate win all you want but you done nothing in there. That second round would have shown all. Onwards and upwards we go."
Watch it here:
-Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 12, 2021
Though McGregor was right in that it was a hell of a first round, there are other issues at play - Poirier's win is legitimate, for one, and he did far from nothing in the match.
Poirier landed 36 of 66 strikes (55% accuracy), succeeded with one of two takedown attempts, and tallied three minutes and 18 seconds of control in a five-minute fight, according to official UFC statistics.
McGregor began the fight well, throwing calf kicks that Poirier claimed hit his knee. But the American hit good combinations during stand-up exchanges, and was the superior combatant when grappling on the mat.
According to MMA reporter and analyst Luke Thomas of CBS Sports and Morning Kombat, Poirier was competing on the ground in a way that suggested he felt there was "no submission threat" from McGregor.
He would "land savage ground-and-pound, and win the round." Thomas said there were good strikes from beneath from McGregor, but, "in general that was one-way traffic on the ground."
He later added that it was "an easy" 10-9 round for Poirier, though two of the three Octagonside judges awarded the round as a 10-8 for Poirier, suggesting dominance.
-UFC News (@UFCNews) July 11, 2021
To put it in even simpler terms, Poirier won the fight fair and square.
McGregor lost the round, broke his leg, and as he lost the fight he is now bitterly complaining about it.
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