Conor McGregor may be at a crossroads in his career after suffering a knockout loss to Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257.
While a heavy favorite entering the night, the former UFC two-division champion struggled to cope with Poirier’s brutal kicks to the legs, which then opened a series of powerful blows that eventually ended the fight in the second round. McGregor was upset by his performance as he fell by knockout for the first time in his mixed martial arts career.
According to UFC President Dana White, McGregor now has only two career choices after falling to Poirier in his first fight in a year.
“I think it will make him hungrier,”
“On his way up, he was a young hungry child. He had no money and wanted good things. He wanted nice suits, nice cars, nice houses. He has everything he ever wanted. So I don’t know. It goes one way or another. “
IN Rocky 3, Sylvester Stallone’s coach, played by the late Burgess Meredith, warns him before a fight against a ferocious striker.
“You were supernatural three years ago,” Meredith’s character Mick said. “You were tough and you were nasty and you have this cast iron jaw, but then the worst thing that could happen to any fighter happened to you: You are civilized.”
Is it possible that McGregor became civilized after living on the lap of luxury?
It’s hard to deny that McGregor’s life has changed dramatically in recent years after he became one of the highest paid athletes in all sports. He took home a nine-figure salary for a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in 2017, and since then McGregor has gone just 1-2 in the UFC with a one-sided loss to Poirier and current lightweight champion Habib Nurmagomedov.
White wondered if McGregor would even want to fight again after earning so much money in his career. But the Irish superstar rarely hesitates in his desire to compete out of difficulty to reach a deal with the UFC for specific opponents.
The loss on Saturday night is definitely a failure, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road for McGregor, especially with the potential for a new battle against Poirier now that they’ve split a pair inside the octagon.
“We’ll see,” White said. “I’m sure in a few hours he’ll blow me up and tell me a million things he wants to do. We’ll see what he wants to do from here.
“There’s always a trilogy when you’re 1-1.”