Conor McGregor’s Broken Leg Poses Big Challenge for U.F.C.’s Future

“It’s not a good feeling,” Poirier stated. “I won, and I feel like what happened was because of something I did, but it’s not like I submitted him or put him away. There’s going to be so many voices and so many people saying, ‘Oh, you didn’t win.’”

Poirier actually received the spherical, displaying sharp assaults.

But the most important star of the game stays McGregor, who rose to prominence due to his stout performances and his brash trash discuss. He grew to become the primary athlete in U.F.C. historical past to carry belts in two weight lessons concurrently.

But his focus started to shift away from blended martial arts.

In 2017, he participated in a crossover boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, a worldwide spectacle that earned McGregor a assured $30 million. This year, McGregor bought his stake in an Irish whisky model he based for a reported $600 million. Forbes named him the highest-paid athlete in 2021.

But the U.F.C. stripped McGregor of each of his belts due to inactivity, and he has confronted authorized hassle.

McGregor pleaded guilty to assault for punching a person in 2019 at a bar in Ireland, and he accepted a plea deal for throwing a hand cart at a bus carrying U.F.C. fighters in Brooklyn in 2018. In January, McGregor was sued in Ireland by a girl who stated he raped her in 2018, an accusation he has denied. (The Irish legislation enforcement authorities additionally declined to pursue prison costs in opposition to him.)

Poirier stated that he took offense to McGregor’s antics this week involving him and his household, and that the loss mirrored his lack of sportsmanship.

“He got what he had coming to him,” Poirier stated. “Karma is a mirror.”

Still, followers overwhelmingly favored McGregor. They cheered for the Irishman whereas booing Poirier, a local of Louisiana. Las Vegas fed off the power, too.

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