Like numerous fighters whose calves get kicked, Conor McGregor didnt realize the damage done till it was far too late.
Speaking to reporters after his loss to Dustin Poirier in the headliner of UFC 257 on Saturday, McGregor struggled to process the turnaround of fortune that turned a strong performance in the very first round into a stoppage via second-round TKO.
” Its heartbreaking,” McGregor said after stepping up to the podium at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, which hosted the pay-per-view event. “Its difficult to take. The greatest highs and the most affordable lows in this video game.”
Part of McGregors reconciliation was accepting just how much of a part Poiriers low leg kicks played in establishing the flurry of punches that handed him the first TKO loss of his professional MMA career.
The former two-division champ and box-office star showed up to journalism conference on crutches.
” My leg is totally dead, and although I felt like I was inspecting them, it was just sinking into the muscle in the front of the leg, and it was terribly jeopardized, he stated. “Its like an American football in my shoe at the minute. It is what it is. Dustin fought a hell of a battle.”
Poirier was the victim of McGregors punches the first time they met in 2014 in a featherweight bout. The loss was the driver for Poirier to move up to the light-weight department, where he went on a tear that resulted in the interim title.
As for the path McGregor will stroll, he stated hell make the needed adjustments and soldier on. Theres no doubt that part of his work will be to decrease the prospective affect of low kicks. Up up until the second round, McGregor felt he was trending in the best instructions in spite of giving up a takedown.
” I thought I done well,” he said. “I got up, turned him. I felt alright with him in the clinch, I seemed like I was better than him in the clinch. But too little, too late. The leg was jeopardized, and I didnt adjust. Fair play to Dustin.”
McGregor is not the first fighter to suffer debilitating results as the result of calf kicks. The strike affects the peroneal nerve that offers movement and sensation to the leg. Damage to the nerve can cause foot drop, rendering a fighter not able to lift or plant the foot. While it didnt appear that the ex-champ was hobbled in such a method, he stated the situation only got even worse as Poirier continued to land the strike.
” I was going to hard her out,” he said. “I toughed it out as much as I could. It was an uncommon one. I seemed like I lifted my upper hand several times, but it simply sunk into to the muscle at the front, and it was severely compromised. And after that Dustin had great, solid defense, too. When I was pressing forward with the shots, he was safeguarding well. He battled a hell of a battle, and Im happy for him.”
McGregor made no reasons for being unable to carry out. The obstacle was instead something to review, and he was still because procedure as press reporters asked him about what took place. The best response he might get here at was that he had simply been beat, and he would return to make things.
” It was a phenomenal performance from Dustin,” he stated. “I do not know what to state. Im going to go back, chill out, watch the complete battle and get a better grasp on it. But the leg was jeopardized, and I was hurrying the shots a bit. And I didnt change. Its a bitter tablet to swallow. I dont even know whether Im that upset. I do not understand what to state.”
” Its heartbreaking,” McGregor said after stepping up to the podium at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, which hosted the pay-per-view occasion. As for the path McGregor will stroll, he stated hell make the essential changes and soldier on. Up until the 2nd round, McGregor felt he was trending in the best instructions in spite of giving up a takedown.
McGregor is not the first fighter to suffer debilitating impacts as the outcome of calf kicks. McGregor made no reasons for being unable to perform.