During his defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 on Saturday night, Conor McGregor didn’t look like the same fearful fighter UFC fans came to know.
Poirier delivered kick after kick to McGregor‘s leg and finally, with his guard down, was able to catch the Irishman and deliver a few punches that would give him the victory. It was a second-round technical knockout in a highly difficult lightweight division, giving Poirier more credit.
Right after the fight, McGregor, 32, acknowledged that the defeat was a “tough one to swallow.” In the post-fight press conference, he will expand on his words.
“It’s hard to take,” McGregor said, via AFP. “(It’s) the highest highs and the lowest lows in this game. I don’t know where I’m at, at the minute, to be honest.
“I have no excuse. It was a phenomenal performance from Dustin. It’s a bitter pill to swallow.”
After Poirier seemed to do some significant harm to his leg, McGregor was spotted by reporters walking out of the locker room with a crutch. On his Instagram, the former champion would share a picture of himself relaxing in Abu Dhabi with his leg lifted to try to alleviate some of the pain.
“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. Elevating the leg and the spirit on my way home! God bless us all, happy Sunday,” he captioned the photo.
It’s unclear what’s next for McGregor. He said after the loss he plans on fighting again this year.