Late Saturday night, a broken leg took UFC star Conor McGregor out of his third Dustin Poirier fight. To make matters worse for the Irishman, internet personality turned boxer Jake Paul called the fighter out in a series of scathing tweets.
The highly anticipated third fight between McGregor and Poirier didn’t exactly end like most expected. The heavily promoted trilogy between the two men was supposed to be a tiebreaker match of sorts. Since Poirier technically won by doctor stoppage, he now has the edge in the series. However, McGregor’s unlikely broken leg left many what-ifs on the table.
That mattered not to Jake Paul who took the opportunity to trash McGregor and call him a “fraud.” McGregor is one of the most successful fighters in the history of the sport and is a UFC legend. But Paul has made a name for himself as a boxer in the last few years and has called McGregor out on numerous occasions. At one point, the YouTuber offered McGregor $50 million to fight him. He’s now jokingly offering “The Notorious” only $23 following his loss to Poirier.
“SLEEPY MCGREGOR!!” Paul began his trash-talking on Twitter.
“My new offer for Conor Mcgregor is $23 dollars,” he added in another tweet.
Earlier in the evening, he trolled McGregor with a custom diamond chain and pendant supposedly worth $100,000. The pendant features the likeness of McGregor after he got knocked out in his second fight with Poirier. In addition, McGregor is holding a bottle of NyQuil making fun of him getting put to sleep in the loss.
“You can tell Conor has lost ‘it.’ He no longer speaks from a place of authenticity & you can tell he’s trying to convince himself of his own lies. He takes offense to everything now. He’s bathing in his own insecurity’s. When we fight I will further expose him for the fraud he is,” Paul wrote on Twitter.
Conor McGregor Loses to Dustin Poirier After Freak Accident at UFC 264
The main event at UFC 264 only lasted one round and no one could’ve guessed how it would come to an end. Many assumed Conor McGregor would come out energized early and he did. Yet many also assumed the longer the match went on, Dustin Poirier would likely be favored. We’ll never know how that would have played out though since the bout ended early due to McGregor’s broken leg.
This was the third fight between the two men over the years, which began seven years ago. McGregor came away victorious at UFC 178 back in September 2014 with a first-round TKO in the featherweight division.
Additionally, the two UFC fighters fought for the second time earlier this year in January. During their second bout, they each moved up a weight class to the lightweight division. Poirier dominated the second fight and earned a second-round knockout to bring their record to 1-1. Last night, not much was decided past Poirier winning by doctor stoppage, which brought the bout to a screeching halt at the end of the first round.
McGregor was the aggressor early on in the fight. He utilized numerous leg kicks and prodded away looking to land a knockout punch. Halfway through the round, he took Poirier to the ground with a guillotine headlock. However, Poirier was able to eventually get out of the grapple. From there he began to punish McGregor while still on his back on the mat with multiple punches and elbow strikes.
With just seconds to go in the first round, the two men stood up and traded blows that missed each other. During the attempted strike, McGregor’s left leg broke in half forcing the ref to call the fight early. The anticlimactic ending left fans and UFC analysts alike disappointed.
The freak accident isn’t how anyone expected the pair’s third fight to end. As for McGregor, he’s already said he wants another shot at Poirier. Therefore we could see a fourth fight down the road, but the Irish fighter has a long path to recovery he’ll have to face first.