Conor McGregor faced a disappointing TKO loss by means of doctor stoppage, at the recently concluded UFC 264, against Dustin Poirier. The Irishman succumbed to back-to-back losses for the first time in his UFC career.
After having been the aggressor in the first half of the first round, McGregor began struggling after Poirier took the fight to the ground. He was pummeled and battered by a flurry of ground strikes and elbows from Poirier. Many felt that McGregor would have lost the fight eventually, given the way he was being dominated.
However, McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh argued differently. Speaking to Laura Sanko after the fight, Kavanagh said, “At the 4:30 mark, everything’s gravy. Energy looked good, technique looked good. A few adjustments between rounds and I thought we were on track to getting a finish there or at least keep going, keep the rhythm going for the rest of the fight.”
‘We’re talking about the judges’ scorecards‘ – Mike Brown
However, John Kavanagh’s comments didn’t sit well with Mike Brown, Dustin Poirier’s coach. He pointed out the fact that two judges had scored in favour of Poirier, 10-8.
Brown was quoted as saying, “It’s not just somebody’s opinion, we’re talking about the judges’ scorecards. We had two of the judges had a 10-8 round. So I don’t know how anyone would consider that going well.”
McGregor is currently recovering from his surgery, following his ankle break. He has been given a 6-month medical suspension. The Irishman has vowed to fight Poirier again in a quadrilogy fight. As for Poirier, he will be taking on Charles Oliveira next for the lightweight title. The match is yet to be made official, and might take place towards the end of 2021.