Conor McGregor wasn’t his usual self before UFC 257 and Dustin Poirier shared his thoughts on the same
The UFC is used to a brash and cocky McGregor who constantly taunts his opponents before fights. However, a different McGregor came out, someone who showed immense respect to his rival, Poirier.
This caught many off guard and McGregor ended up losing too. However, the humility was still there post the loss as McGregor congratulated Poirier for using his kicksto damage the Irishman’s leg.
McGregor then hinted that he was going back to his old self but this remains a huge talking point. Joe Rogan was speaking to Poirier on the latest episode of his podcast.
Rogan asked Poirier if he was surprised seeing a McGregor that was not an “as*****” and The Diamond seemed happy not to face this kind of McGregor:
“Fighting is hectic already, you are about to go in there for 25 minutes and you have been training, so you know what’s on the line, so it is just a lot of pressure.
“It being a little calm, for me, was smooth sailing, man. It’s already hectic enough, I would say the same thing about the fans when I fought at the Apex, it was nice.”
Poirier claimed it was relaxing that there weren’t fans screaming and shouting during the fights. Rogan then brought up how McGregor not being an “as*****” wasn’t good for him and Poirier claimed that the Irishman needed to go back to being one:
“Yeah, be an as*****.”
Poirier also brought up that maybe this was a different side of McGregor. The Irishman was also respectful of Donald Cerrone before the Poirier fight and this could have been a sign of maturity.
“He did the same with Cowboy [Cerrone]. Maybe this is him just maturing and he’s got a few kids now, has one on the way.
“Maybe he is just maturing, we all change maybe he is a different person.”
However, Rogan brought up how some of McGregor’s antics could have led to this. The Irishman had a lot of problems before the Khabib Nurmagomedov fight where he threw a sign at a bus and broke some glass.
There was also the aftermath of the loss where a brawl broke out with Khabib and McGregor taking out other staff.
Jose Aldo was another fight that was brought up by the pair. The Brazilian was “tortured” by McGregor leading up to the fight and that affected his performance in the Octagon.
Poirier claimed that he too felt the same way in the first fight against McGregor and believed he was like a deer in the headlights during that loss.
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