Conor McGregor breaks his silence after Islam Makhachev defeats Dustin Poirier at UFC 302

Composite image showing Islam Makhachev and Dustin Poirier punching each other at UFC 302, with a bubble in the middle showing Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor may have surprised fans by choosing not to give a detailed reaction to Saturday night’s UFC main event.

The Irishman has bitter feuds with the two UFC 302 headliners; Islam Mahachev and Dustin Poirier. But despite his habit of making headlines with a brash social media post after a big show, he chose to remain calm in his response.

McGregor is currently in training camp for his own return to the octagon later this month at UFC 303. He will face Michael Chandler in what is expected to be one of the biggest pay-per-view events in the world. recent MMA history.

Conor McGregor refuses to get involved in Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier

McGregor had a legendary rivalry with Makhachev’s trainer Khabib Nurmagomedov, which saw the duo fight in 2018. But it continued into today and saw him make a number of crude comments on the lightweight champion.

And he has faced Poirier three times in the UFC, first knocking him out in 2014 amid intense preparation before meeting him again in a friendlier fight in 2021 where he finished. But their feud turned bitter early in their trilogy, which ended in a TKO for the American after McGregor broke his leg.

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The Irishman has not fought since that night against Poirier, taking three years to recover from the horrific injury. And he still feels there is unfinished business between the two men, recently telling fans that he sees the series as still set at 1-1.

But he wouldn’t be drawn into a statement after watching his two rivals go head-to-head. The former two-weight world champion spoke to X immediately after the fight to leave a cryptic message believed to be linked to the event.

His message read: “I will come back to your house tomorrow. CMG. He also shared a training video titled: “20KO is the next step for Mac Dad. »

Dustin Poirier considering retirement after UFC 302 loss to Islam Makhachev

The entire build-up to Saturday night’s event was based around Poirier’s ultimate quest for undisputed UFC gold. He had already fallen at the final hurdle twice against Khabib Nurmagomedov and Charles Oliveira, and failed again at his third request.

The popular belief was that Poirier would retire in the event of defeat given that his return to the top of the division at the age of 35 would be almost insurmountable. But he refused to lay down his gloves while speaking with Joe Rogan after submitting to a choke from D’arce in the fifth round.

“I know I can compete with the best of these guys,” he said in an emotional interview. “It’s just that if I fight again, what am I fighting for?” Just to fight? I’ve done it 50 times. I don’t know, I have a little girl that I love and I have to see her. I think that might be it, honestly Joe.

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“I’m not 100%, but if this is my last fight, I want to dedicate this journey to the people who made me the man I am. These are the women in my life.

“To my grandmother, I miss you every day and I know I am always protected by your prayers. To my mother, I know we’ve had a crazy life, I love you, thank you for always supporting me.

“And to my wife, I love you so much. I wouldn’t be here without you and, baby, Jolie, I don’t know if I would breathe without you. And to Parker, daddy is okay, I love you so much, I’m so proud of you, we’re okay baby. Always pursue your dreams, they are beautiful things.

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