Conor McGregor isn't nearly as good as casual fans think he is

Conor McGregor isn't nearly as good as casual fans think he is

Those who don't pay attention to MMA unless McGregor is involved might be shocked to learn he's not as good as advertised.

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Conor McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier last Saturday night. It was his second loss to Poirier in 2021. The first was via knockout in the second round, and this time out it was a TKO due to a doctor's stoppage after McGregor snapped the lower portion of his left leg. Poirier, like it or not, it clearly the superior fighter between the two, but McGregor's struggles are not new. This might come as news to casual fans who buy into his hype, but McGregor isn't as good as you may think he is. At least, not anymore.

Dominance

McGregor debuted in the UFC on April 6, 2013. He won that fight, going 9-1 between his debut and November 12, 2016 when he became the Champ-Champ by defeating Eddie Alverez at Madison Square Gardens. That's a span of about three and a half years where the only loss McGregor had was to Nate Diaz, a loss which he got back a few months later. You can't argue with how dominant McGregor was. He beat Aldo, Poirier, and Holloway. Aldo is a legend that smoked everyone until McGregor came along, and Holloway and Poirier are still two of the best fighters on the planet.

The fall

The problem is, since becoming the Champ-Champ on November 12, 2016, McGregor is 1-3 in the UFC. In fact, Conor has only one win since Barack Obama was the President of the United States, and that came over Donald Cerrone, who is 0-5-0-1 in his last six. Conor is actually 1-4 if you want to toss in his boxing loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Either way, Conor has won only one fight since he became the Champ-Champ, but you wouldn't know it given his pre-fight demeanor and marketing push.

Smoke and mirrors

Every time McGregor fights he gives off this confidence that he is the greatest fighter on the planet. He sells it well, but so does the UFC and media. Conor is good business for everyone. The UFC gets its biggest PPVs from McGregor, media sites get more traffic, and the list goes on. When Conor fights, people pay attention, but part of the reason they pay attention is because they believe he's capable of one-punch knockouts like the one he delivered to Aldo six years ago. I mean, he could get a knockout like that, but the chances are becoming slimmer by the fight, especially if Conor keeps rolling out against elite competition. The plans are out. People know how to beat Conor now.

On Saturday, McGregor fought Poirier for the second time in 2021. McGregor did okay in the first round of their first meeting, but lost via KO in the second round. In their second fight of 2021, Poirier was smashing McGregor long before Conor's leg snapped. Two judges scored the round as a 10-8 for Poirier, which is an indication of a lopsided beating. Yes, as the UFC loves to say, anything can happen, but there was about a 10 percent chance Conor was going to win that fight before the leg break. Poirier, like it or not, is the superior fighter.

Why is this important to note? Maybe it isn't, but McGregor's behavior before and after the fight was disgusting. Accusing Poirier's wife of being in his DMs, threatening to kill Poirier, doing what he could to undermine Poirier's hot sauce brand, and making gender jokes. It was a new low for Conor and a bad look. A bad look that he could pull off once upon a time when he was good, but Conor has has been mediocre at best for three years now, at least by UFC face-punching standards. It's time the twice-a-year McGregor fans saw him for what he actually is; a bad sport and an okay fighter.

From The Chatty
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    July 16, 2021 12:17 PM

    Conor McGregor isn't nearly as good as casual MMA fans think he is.

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      July 16, 2021 12:19 PM

      I think he used to be, several years ago.

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        July 16, 2021 12:22 PM

        Fighter X has big dominant streak. Fighter X gets old or flabby or suffers health issue and begins to lose. Internet asks "Was Fighter X actually ever good??"

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        July 16, 2021 12:22 PM

        I might even say something about that in the article.

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          July 16, 2021 12:42 PM

          I just wanted to participate in discussion without having to read any words.

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        July 16, 2021 12:58 PM

        He was a simultaneous champion in 2 weight classes at one point, he definitely used to be good.

        Linear time is a bitch.

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          July 16, 2021 1:05 PM

          I don't know to trust you or not ninjase, are you a casual or hardcore MMA fan?

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        July 16, 2021 2:38 PM

        his initial run was quite a thing. i remember going over to a friends house to watch his first fight, and hyping him up. he kicked the shit out of that entire division - back to back. made them look silly.

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      July 16, 2021 12:24 PM

      Hasn't won since Obama, dang.

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      July 16, 2021 1:31 PM

      I wouldn't say he's an "OK" fighter just because he lost to a top 3 LW in the world. People really undersell how good Poirier is just because they want to trash Conor.

      I'd like to see him fight someone like Ferguson, Hooker, or RDA to see where he stacks up against the top of the division. I could see him getting wins against Chandler (4), Hooker (8), or Lee (11).

      The way he acted after the fight was super shitty, but he hasn't looked washed like Ferguson has recently.

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        July 16, 2021 2:33 PM

        Chandler would smash his shit up.

        Others I agree with. Conor is slipping towards 10-15 ranking. Which is still good, but not when headlining is the only option and you're on a slide.

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          July 16, 2021 2:39 PM

          Conor has a decent size advantage over Chandler. I could see that being a very competitive fight, but I wouldn't bet money on Chandler wrecking house.

          The leg break is definitely a factor though. Who knows how much that will affect his future fights.

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        July 16, 2021 2:34 PM

        I haven't seen anything from him lately that suggests he's better than okay by UFC standards. I think he's an elite striker. He's weak on the ground I would say, and I'm basing that on the Poirier fight Saturday and not Khabib.

        But, I'd be down to see him fight the names you tossed out there. I don't know if he will. At this point I think it's biggest paydays only, which is either boxing, Poirier for a fourth time, or Nate.

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          July 16, 2021 2:38 PM

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            July 16, 2021 2:44 PM

            No way Conor gets an immediate rematch after that leg break. He could fuck around with the Diaz trilogy or boxing fight, but if he wants to fight for the LW title he'll need a win against a top opponent.

            I'd like to see Poirier vs Olives, Chandler vs Gaethje, and Conor vs RDA/Ferguson.

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              July 16, 2021 8:24 PM

              The only thing that makes me question your logic, which I find quite logical, honestly, is that DW has to know he's down to the last few fights where he can get huge money off Conor. Whether Conor just can't cut it, or the loses interest, or whatever. I don't see DW asking Conor to take a fight against a top guy who can't draw what a Diaz or Poirier can because, if he loses again, you're boned. Last thing you want Conor to do is take an L against someone without big star power or where there's big heat.

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      July 16, 2021 1:34 PM

      Connie mac as a fighter: used to be good, now washed up

      Connie mac as a human being: always been garbage, overcompensating narcissist

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      July 16, 2021 1:49 PM

      Although abrasive, McGregor is going to be an "all-timer" for me, not because of his accolades, but because of his mental strength and confidence that he exuded during his prime. He literally pulled "Babe Ruth pointing over the left field wall" kind of shit in MMA during his dominant run. I wish that confidence and self-assurance could be bottled up so we could all just feel that level once in our lives.

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        July 16, 2021 1:51 PM

        It’s called cocaine.

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          July 16, 2021 2:04 PM

          Pretty sure that's on the USADA substance ban list.

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            July 16, 2021 2:05 PM

            Only takes a week off to piss clean for.

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              July 16, 2021 2:09 PM

              You're right, and I know this is all joking, but USADA tests people randomly all the time during fight camps -- otherwise people who be doing all kinds of crazy doping, which they already do.

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                July 16, 2021 2:11 PM

                He’s probably not using during fight camp. Excessive cocaine usage results in bone density problems. And his personality is consistent with finance bros. Athletes use drugs. In the NHL cocaine is widely used, if you ever listen to mic’d up and hear someone talking about pepsi, it’s cocaine. They mean cocaine.

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        July 16, 2021 2:36 PM

        I wanted to be careful not to say he was always overrated. If we look at results, he was elite. Top of the game. But, if we keep looking at results, he's no longer elite. But he was something special before, and I wonder how much of that is left.

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        July 16, 2021 3:34 PM

        Trash talk != Confidence

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        July 16, 2021 5:08 PM

        all the confidence of a trembling chihuahua. hes got a mean bite that's for sure

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      July 16, 2021 2:53 PM

      He became a fan favorite by consistently having exciting fights and running his mouth a whole bunch. His style has also changed alot for the worse over the years. He used to grapple alot more and finish fights with gnp before he was in the ufc. Infact he is a far better grappler than most 'hardcore' fans give him credit for these days or at least he was.

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      July 16, 2021 4:58 PM

      tangent; Miesha Tate

      two kids later...

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E6b426CUYAEZZwS?format=jpg&name=large

      i'd say she's in shape for the fight tomorrow lol

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