UFC 257: Skip Bayless Reacts to Knockout, Gives Conor McGregor ‘Benefit of The Doubt This Time’

by Josh Lanier

Skip Bayless, a man renowned for bad hot takes and knowing how his feet taste, weighed in on UFC 257 by asking if Conor McGregor still has the passion to be a fighter. Bayless asked if the money McGregor won during his career has gone to the Irishman’s head and softened his heart.

McGregor reportedly made more than $100 million in his boxing loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2019.

“I’ll give Conor the benefit of the doubt this time. He said afterward he just hasn’t fought enough and needs more fights just to get his competitive edge back. Yet it’s possible that once he made some $100 million boxing Floyd Mayweather, he permanently lost his stomach for this,” the analyst tweeted.

Dustin Poirier stunned the MMA world with a second-round TKO of McGregor Saturday night. The Notorious One knocked out Poirier when they first met in 2014 in under 2 minutes.

McGregor said he felt rusty and uncomfortable after the loss Saturday. The Irish former champ hasn’t been in the octagon since he beat Donald Cerrone in January 2020. Thankfully, Bayless is giving him the benefit of the doubt and will give the most entertaining fighter in UFC history another chance. Thanks, Skip!

If a big payday weakens your resolve, then Bayless should give back that reported $25 million Fox Sports is paying him. It may harm his analysis. Or, better yet, Skip should stop talking about the inner workings of people’s hearts and minds and get back to being wrong about sports games and losing arguments to Shannon Sharpe.

What’s Next for Conor McGregor after Loss?

Skip Bayless may have been right about one thing in his tweet. What McGregor is fighting for has changed. McGregor wanted fame and success and riches when he started fighting. He has all of that now. But that’s not the only reason fighters fight. McGregor has nothing left to win or lose but pride. It seems unlikely that he’s going to walk away after a loss like this. Even if he’s retired and returned more times than anyone can seemingly remember over the past few years.

Conor McGregor seemed contrite after his loss and happy for Poirier, but he didn’t seem cowed. He tweeted his congratulations and thanked his fans, but added he looked “forward to going again.”

“Thanks for the support everyone! Was not my night/morning in there but a great contest to improve on. I’m excited at the blockbuster trilogy I now have on my hands. Dustin is a hell of a competitor and I look forward to going again. God bless us all, happy Sunday,” he tweeted.

UFC president Dana White said the future is up to Conor McGregor. He could walk away or come back with something to prove. McGregor has an ego that requires him to challenges himself and others constantly. It’s unlikely he’s done with fighting — massive payday or not.