Why Conor McGregor’s injury at UFC 264 was the best thing that could’ve happened to him


LAS VEGAS – It wasn’t the end anybody may have predicted. Conor McGregor misplaced by TKO to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 when a freak leg damage brought on the battle to be halted on the finish of the primary spherical. 

It was a weird end that had an much more uncommon scene following as McGregor threatened to kill Poirier and hurled insults at his spouse whereas sitting on the canvas getting his damaged decrease tibia stabilized. It was clear that this rivalry that hit a fever pitch over the previous week is way from over.  

Poirier will take dwelling the relatively unsatisfying victory, though he has set himself up for a UFC light-weight title alternative in opposition to champion Charles Oliveira. McGregor will head to surgical procedure and might be sidelined for the foreseeable future. 

And you already know what? That is maybe the best-case situation for the Irishman.

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Clearly, no person needs to see a fighter injured within the method that McGregor was. Nonetheless, this damage extends his shelf life as a famous person whereas giving him a built-in excuse that units up a worthwhile fourth battle with Poirier.

On the very least, McGregor now has two large fights on the horizon when he can return to motion. Except for the fourth battle with Poirier, he additionally has a 3rd battle with Nate Diaz that’s sure to tug a large pay-per-view quantity. To not point out that the time that McGregor is away will construct anticipation for his return. 

Maybe most essential is that McGregor can salvage his repute by claiming that Poirier solely received as a result of McGregor was injured. And that’s the narrative most of his followers will carry regardless of the fact that Poirier dominated the primary spherical and was probably headed towards a end until McGregor made a drastic change in his method. 

It was clear from the opening spherical that McGregor hadn’t modified a lot outdoors trying to fireside off a number of leg kicks. None of them fazed Poirier, who fired a leg kick of his personal that froze McGregor in his tracks and left him standing because the Louisiana fighter planted a proper hand on the previous two-division champion’s kisser. 

As soon as the battle hit the canvas, McGregor discovered himself in a world of bother. After a failed guillotine try, Poirier rammed elbows and fists into McGregor’s face. McGregor didn’t present a lot resistance as he ate one elbow after one other whereas Poirier remained in a dominant place. It was the place McGregor followers feared most whereas Poirier was completely snug pounding on the Irishman from within his guard. 

After which the damage occurred within the closing seconds of the spherical when the fighters made it again to their toes. 

As McGregor sat on the canvas firing expletives at Poirier, the potential variety of pay-per-view buys for a fourth battle started to rise. McGregor’s hardcore followers began to consider all the pieces that Mystic Mac was saying. 

“I used to be boxing the bleeding head off him and kicking the bleeding leg off him – the standard shite to shut this distance,” an infuriated McGregor mentioned. “This isn’t over. If I’ve to take this outdoors with him, I’ll go outdoors. I don’t give a bollocks.”

His followers probably sided with him and figured that he’d do what he did within the Chad Mendes battle years again and reap the benefits of a tiring Poirier. The one factor was that Poirier wasn’t near drained and dominated nearly each facet of the battle. 

Fortuitously for McGregor, what might be remembered most within the third battle is the grotesquely damaged leg that prevented him from persevering with. As everyone knows, something can occur in MMA and McGregor can definitely counsel that he was simply getting warmed up earlier than the damage. Every thing Poirier did earlier than the damage might be ignored by the staunchest McGregor followers.

Actually, the damage saved McGregor from embarrassment and gave him one other large cash battle. It additionally affords the chance to not solely heal his leg, but additionally his delight. No matter what he says, he is aware of he was shedding that battle and will have been bailed out by the damage. 

The silver lining is the truth that McGregor will get to work on his personal timetable earlier than returning to motion, which permits him to return to the lab and re-dedicate himself to his craft. It can additionally enable the chance for reinvention, ought to McGregor select to take action. The short turnaround after shedding to Poirier in January didn’t really enable McGregor to work on the mandatory issues to carry out higher within the trilogy. 

Now? He has nothing however time.

And, as they are saying, absence makes the guts develop fonder and McGregor’s return to motion might be one more large occasion. Whether or not it’s in opposition to Poirier, Diaz or one other fighter, there’s one other large payday and he doesn’t lose a lot luster to the informal fan that drives up his pay-per-view gross sales. There’ll stay a little bit of mystique surrounding McGregor and curiosity might be piqued relating to what modifications might be made by the Irishman in his method to preventing. 

Think about this: on the time of writing, Poirier’s post-fight interview has 1.3 million views on YouTube. However McGregor’s post-fight interview has already surpassed 3 million views. 

The damage saved McGregor from himself. This wasn’t the perfect model of McGregor that we’ve seen. From the trash discuss to the battle itself, it usually felt like a person who was making an attempt to consider his personal hype once more. One thing felt off as McGregor’s rampage of insults elevated in depth and poor style. Was he looking for motivation? Was his ego so bruised that he was involved that he simply didn’t have “it” anymore? Who is aware of? He’ll have greater than sufficient time to determine it out as he’ll be out of the highlight as the game rolls on.

When he is able to return, relaxation assured that all the pieces might be in place for McGregor to reclaim his throne as the largest star in fight sports activities. There’s by no means been something like him and there presently is not one other fighter who may take his place. The persona is greater than the fighter and, in some unusual manner, this damage solely provides to his legend. On the very least, it extends his capability to stay a mainstream star. At worst, it prolongs the inevitable fall from grace that felt very near occurring in opposition to Poirier.   

For some, the sport finally passes them by. However for McGregor, the sport will all the time salivate for his return. 


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