Following a largely dominant opening round as Poirier bludgeoned McGregor with punches and elbows on the ground, a misstep after throwing a punch ended the Irish superstar’s night with a broken leg. It was an unfortunate conclusion to the highly anticipated trilogy, though Poirier believes the work he did likely led to the injury.
“You never want to get a win that way,” Poirier said at the UFC 264 post-fight press conference. “What happened was a result of checking a kick. I’m more than sure of it. He got what he had coming to him. Karma’s a mirror. I busted my ass for so long to put myself in this position. I doubled down on myself after beating him in January when they offered me a title shot. I doubled down on myself and it paid off.
“When I was walking away and he stayed down, I looked down at his shin and I saw it was disfigured a little bit. I was like, ‘Oh man.’ It’s just weird that it held together because I’m more than sure it happened when I checked a kick that it held together, and then probably when he pivoted on that bone, that’s when it probably separated. I don’t know, I’m not a doctor.”
Regardless of the way things ended, Poirier vehemently called for another fight against McGregor — inside or outside the cage — after some of the awful things that were said before and after their trilogy on Saturday night.
Even as he was laying on the ground with his leg in a splint, McGregor was still shouting death threats at Poirier and lobbing insults at Poirier’s wife Jolie, who was in the cage after the fight.
“We are going to fight again whether it’s in the octagon or on the sidewalk,” Poirier said. “You don’t say the stuff he said. My wife’s solid as a rock, I’m not worried about that. That’s noise. He was saying that he was going to kill me. You don’t say stuff like that. That he was going to murder me. You don’t say stuff like that.
“You don’t say stuff about people’s wives either, but I know that’s zero chance. But there is a chance somebody could die and you don’t say that. You don’t wish that on anybody.”
According to Poirier, the trash talk from McGregor was much worse than what anybody saw during UFC Embedded or at the pre-fight press conference from this past Thursday.
Poirier says there was more of the same from McGregor even after he suffered the broken leg as he continued shouting while sitting on the ground following the fight.
“Conor said some nasty stuff that didn’t make it on Embedded, and maybe when this behind the scenes for this fight airs you’ll see him on the ground still saying some real bad stuff,” Poirier said. “But even that stuff being said, I don’t wish serious harm like that on nobody.
“The guy’s got kids. I want him to go home safe to his family. I pray before these fights, every time before I walk through the octagon door I’m praying that not for me to win. I’m praying that we both get out of this cause I know what I’m going to try to do to him and I know what he’s going to try to do to me.”
Even as he attempted to celebrate his victory with a title fight against reigning UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira likely coming later this year, Poirier had a hard time getting away from McGregor crossing the line with some of the things he said.
“I hope they show that behind the scenes stuff,” Poirier said. “He was still sitting on the ground still saying ‘I’m going to kill you.’ Putting his hand to his head like a gun. Like bro, chill out. Chill out.
“I’m trying my best to not take it personal, but like I’m saying — I’m making it seem like a big deal talking about this over and over — but you don’t say that type of sh*t. You don’t say you’re going to kill somebody. I don’t take that lightly.”
Truth be told, Poirier did his best to tune out the “toxicity” coming from McGregor and the rest of the world leading into the final weeks of his training camp.
As much as he loves fighting, the former interim UFC lightweight champion could do without just about everything else that surrounds the sport and that includes dealing with McGregor’s venomous trash talk.
“Honestly, I don’t even like this sh*t anymore,” Poirier said. “I just scrap because I’m good at it and I enjoy the fight. All this other stuff, all the talk, I just come here to get in a fight.”