Conor McGregor just can’t seem to get a win in his column these days. Just yesterday he tried to sell the narrative that he was winning in the 3rd Poirier fight up until the catastrophic knee injury – a narrative that is contrary to what many spectators felt during the fight, to the judges and to the official fight metrics.
— Pablo_Escobar (@JM97_79) October 30, 2021
But having noticed the attention Islam Makhachev has been getting for that impressive kimura finish over Dan Hooker, McGregor decided to share his wisdom on how to avoid getting finished from that position – as he believed he escaped that fate in Khabib Nurmagomedov fight.
But in sharing these replies McGregor actually admitted to using one cheat – in a very long list of cheats which he used against Nurmagomedov.
As for this particular situation McGregor did successfully defend against a kimura. The whole sequence is fascinating – to start with Nurmagomedov yells at Dana – and McGregor indeed defends with that knee.
Of course this is far from the only cheat that emerged in that fight. You can look at a great round up of most of them below
And as for the Poirer fight – Dustin claimed after UFC 264 McGregor was cheating. At the time he shared:
“I let him up because he had three fingers in my glove, the cuff of the tape, so it’s a good grip, and he’s pulling me down into up-kicks.
“He’s pulling me down and kicking up at the same time. I’m not surprised that he does that kind of stuff.”
Poirier said he complained about the move to referee Herb Dean, adding: “I was telling Herb, I can’t get out of it!”
during an analysis of the fight, McGregor wrote on Twitter : “Can see the weight in those upkicks he was eating here as well. Which weren’t even the two heaviest upkicks I landed.
“Where was he going from open guard top here? He doesn’t like upkicks through the face? Elbows down through the crown? You don’t like it? Tough s***, see ya soon.”
A Twitter user quickly replied, “When you grabbed onto his glove? Ye”, to which McGregor said: “That’s right, I’m truly nasty in there. He hooked the fence. I grabbed the glove. A fight is a fight. Only b****** complain.”
Upkicks are illegal in the UFC if an opponent is grounded, which Poirier was during the early exchange.