Conor McGregor’s coach has slammed commentator Joe Rogan for interviewing the UFC star moments after his unusual defeat to Dustin Poirier.
John Kavanagh also seemed to blame the interview for McGregor’s inappropriate, heat-of-the-moment comments about Poirier’s wife, Jolie.
Poirier beat McGregor in their third meeting yesterday at UFC 264, earning victory by doctor’s stoppage when McGregor was unable to begin the second round due to a broken leg.
The gruesome injury left McGregor unable to stand after the fight ended prematurely, and as he sat on the canvas with his leg visibly floppy near the ankle, Rogan sat beside the furious Irishman for his reaction.
“I was boxing the bleeding head off him, kicking the bleeding leg off him,” an emotional McGregor said.
“This is not over. If I have to take this on with him outside, I don’t give a bollocks.”
McGregor loses after nasty ankle break
“There was no check – not one of them checked,” McGregor said defiantly about Poirier’s claim he had caused the broken leg in the fight, before the former ‘champ, champ’ issued some personal trash talk.
“Your wife is in my DMs!” McGregor yelled at Poirier.
“Hey baby, hit me back up and I’ll chat to you later on. We’ll be having an after party at the Wynn nightclub baby.”
McGregor’s brash verbal assaults are nothing new but his comments about Poirier’s wife were not well received by the MMA community.
Kavanaugh hit out at Rogan for pushing an interview while McGregor was still processing the painful defeat.
“His foot is literally hanging down. It’s a clean fracture of the fibula and tibia, it went straight through, the foot’s hanging down,” Kavanagh told Wimp2Warrior.
“You can only imagine the rush of hormones and what’s going on in your body, the pain, it was on fire. And then someone sits down and sticks a microphone in your face. ‘How are you feeling about the end?’
“Come on. Come on! When has he ever not been graceful at the end?
“Let’s get backstage, let’s get a proper assessment from a doctor. Let’s get an X-ray.
“So I was pretty miffed at the idea of sticking a microphone in his face at that point.”
McGregor had to be stretchered off out of the octagon, and underwent surgery this morning. It was the first back-to-back loss in McGregor’s UFC career.
In the aftermath of the fight, Poirier’s wife was spotted flipping the bird to McGregor in response to the trash talk.
Speaking to Rogan after having his hand raised in the octagon, Poirier expressed his disappointment at the personal attacks McGregor persisted with.
“There’s no holds barred on the trash talk. But murder is something you don’t clown around on. There’s no coming back from that,” Poirier said.
“This guy was saying he’s going to murder me, [saying] I’m going to leave here in a coffin. You don’t talk like that to people man. I hope this guy gets home safe to his beautiful family.”
Poirier also accused McGregor of dodgy tactics in the fight.
“Takedown was easy. He was putting his fingers in my glove and pulling me down to throw the up-kicks,” he said.
“I was trying to let [referee] Herb [Dean] know that. This guy is a dirtbag.
“Everybody booing, you can kiss my whole a–hole. Karma is not a b—h, it’s a mirror. I beat the guy.”
Poirier and McGregor both expressed interest in fighting each other again to settle their now very personal rivalry too.
“We are going to fight again, whether it’s in the octagon or the sidewalk,” Poirier said in his post-fight press conference.
“You don’t say the stuff he said.”
UFC president Dana White also flagged a fourth showdown was on the cards.
“The fight didn’t get finished. You can’t have a fight finish that way. We’ll see how this whole thing plays out. Who knows how long Conor’s out. Poirier will do his thing until Conor’s ready,” White said.
Kavanaugh said McGregor was likely to return to the octagon and that he still had plenty more juice in the tank despite being monstered in the first round by Poirier.
“Conor had no marks, no bruises, swelling, cuts, anything like that. So most of it was parried, but for sure that was Dustin’s moment,” Kavanagh said.
“So all and all up until that point, let’s say four and a half minutes, I wasn’t concerned at all, I was actually really, really happy.
“At the four-and-a-half minute mark, everything’s gravy. Energy looked good, technique looked good. A few adjustments between rounds and I thought we were on track to getting a finish there or at least keep going, keep the rhythm going for the rest of the fight.
“He truly loves this and it’s hard to imagine him not wanting to come back, not wanting to do this again. Because we really just got this fantastic rhythm,” Kavanaugh said.
“He’s turning 33, which to me is a peaking time where strength meets conditioning and mental and physical and spiritual maturity, everything’s coming together. I think we have a couple of years of this ahead of us.
“Credit to Dustin. He won. It’s an unfulfilling end to the night.
“It doesn’t feel properly finished. (There was no) closure.”
McGregor’s coach revealed that it’s possible an existing ankle injury in camp may have contributed to the broken leg in the fight.
“We’d gotten a scan on it. Did that have a small part to play in weakening it? I don’t know,” Kavanagh said.
“There might have been something in there. It seems unusual that a young, healthy, fit man can wrap his foot around an elbow without there being something there before. But you know, you can play those guessing games all day long.”
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