At UFC 257, former Featherweight and Lightweight champion Conor McGregor suffered what was likely his most disappointing loss, suffering a second round knockout to Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier.
Some may argue that his losses to Nate Diaz or Khabib Nurmagomedov were more disappointing, but against Nate he took the fight on short notice after his original opponent pulled out and accepted it at a higher weight class (170). Against Khabib, literally no one with any knowledge of the sport thought he had a shot. About his loss to Poirier he says:
“It’s heart breaking. It’s hard to take. The highest highs and the lowest lows in this game.” H/t MMA Junkie’s John Morgan.
Many experts picked McGregor to win this fight and he was the betting favorite going in. Conor won the first round, albeit a close one but ate some really hard leg kicks. By the second round the leg kicks began to show their affects and Conor was barely able to put weight on his lead leg. he was showing the effects after the fight, heavily limping in to the post-fight press conference.
Where does he go from here? Well he is 1-1 with both Poirier and Nate Diaz. Poirier is primed for a title shot, likely against Michael Chandler. Nate Diaz is always ready for another Conor fight. There’s also Tony Ferguson out there. He could even face Justin Gaethje, who also got mauled by Khabib. I can tell you who he won’t be fighting next: Manny Pacqiuao. That ship has sailed.