Conor McGregor was humble yet optimistic last night after the first knockout of his UFC career. In a post-fight interview, he discussed the fight, the loss, and what he planned to do in the future.
In the final moments of the main event of UFC 257, Dustin Poirier caught Conor McGregor in a flurry of devastating punches. A hard right hand finally turned out McGregor’s lights and sent him to the canvas. Moments later, he regained his composure and gave a short interview.
During the interview, Conor McGregor talks about being rusty. His last fight was in January of 2020 against Cowboy Cerrone. About the long period of time between fights, he said, “You know, it’s hard to overcome inactivity over long periods of time.” After briefly mentioning Poirier’s methodical attacks on his legs in the beginning of the second round, he added, “I just wasn’t as comfortable as I needed to be.”
McGregor didn’t blame the loss solely on his case of ring rust. He gave Poirier the props he deserved after such a solid showing. With a healthy amount of respect in his voice, Conor said of his opponent, “Dustin’s some fighter.” Acknowledging the edge that staying in the ring gives you, he said, “If you put in the time in here, you’re going to get cozy in here.”
Conor McGregor’s Future in the UFC
Conor McGregor is far from done with the UFC. In the interview, he said, “I have to dust it off and come back. That’s it. That’s what I will do.” In fact, Connor is already talking about a third matchup with Poirier down the road.
The commentator asked McGregor if him dusting it off and coming back meant that we could expect to see more of him in 2021. Conor replied. “Of course! I need activity guys, come on. You don’t get away with being inactive in this business and that’s the way it is.”
Conor McGregor was not unphased by the loss. He said, “It’s a tough one to swallow. I put in a lot of work and I’m proud of my work. I would have liked to have represented my team a bit better.”
As for that moment, Conor had more important things on his mind, “I’m going to go home to my kids, in the hotel and just chill for a bit, regroup, and that’s it.”