LAS VEGAS — The T-Mobile Arena record crowd of 20,062 at UFC 264 Saturday turned out largely to see Conor McGregor. The paid gate of $15.7 million was largely a result of McGregor’s magic-promoting fights.
UFC president Dana White said there were 1.2 million pay-per-views sold in the U.S. by 8 p.m. and he expected the U.S. total to end between 1.7 million and 1.8 million. That, too, is because of the passion McGregor creates among the UFC’s fan base.
But where McGregor was once a clever, witty delight, he has turned into an overbearing boor who doesn’t know where to draw the line.
After threatening for weeks to send opponent Dustin Poirier out of the cage on a stretcher, it was McGregor who needed assistance to leave the cage Saturday and underwent surgery at a local hospital on his left leg.
Even beaten and the clear loser, 1-3 in his past four MMA fights and 1-4 in his past five fights overall, McGregor didn’t know when to shut up. After referee Herb Dean called off the bout at the end of the first round and awarded Poirier the TKO victory because McGregor couldn’t continue, the former dual champion again threatened to kill Poirier.
He shouted at Poirier as he sat on the canvas and made a gun signal to his head.
It was classless, boorish, and, sadly, typical McGregor these days.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 10: Conor McGregor of Ireland reacts after his TKO loss due to injury against Dustin Poirier during the UFC 264 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
It’s time for Conor McGregor to take a long look in the mirror. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
He needs to fix his fighting for sure, though he remains a remarkably talented fighter. But he needs to remember what it is to be a classy human being.
For that, he needs to take a look at Poirier, who vanquished him in two fights in 2021 after McGregor scored a first-round knockout in 2014 in the first bout of their rivalry.
Poirier the better man in and out of the cage
Poirier is teaming with ex-MMA fighter Justin Wren and boxer Manny Pacquiao to build homes for Pygmies in Uganda. Earlier, Wren and Poirier helped the Ugandan Pygmies get clean water.