Conor McGregor seems to be taking his recent loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 in stride.
In a rematch that was nearly seven years in the making, with McGregor having won the first bout, Poirier exacted revenge by TKO’ing McGregor in the second round of the main event of UFC 257 on January 23.
On Wednesday, McGregor took to his Instagram to let his audience know how he’s viewing the upset loss.
“Some highlights from my last fight,” McGregor wrote in his Instagram caption. “What a trilogy I now have on my hands. Exciting!
With a handle on the leg kicks I will get back to having fun in there. I was in second gear cruising this fight. Best condition I’ve ever been in. After the wrestling and clinch exchanges my shots still held their pop. First time for me with this so I am very encouraged to keep going. It was the first time I did not use/nor need the stool between rounds also. I did need the stool after though, that’s for sure. As well as to this day loads and loads of @tidlsport recovery spray. This stuff is truly magic by the way! All the swelling, bruising, and pain on my leg has literally vanished using it! Try this stuff if you are in pain or banged up. Doesn’t work? I’ll personally refund you. THIS STUFF IS MAGIC! @tidlsport! Plant based cryotherapy spray. FIRST AND ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND. Magic!”
“I am extremely happy I did not need to use the stool between rounds here anyway. Another first for me! I am most certainly on the right path. Despite the loss I am on the correct path of evolution.”
“Thoughts on the bout: I enjoyed racking up some more time inside the famed UFC Octagon. 40 seconds in 3 years is all I’d had up to this bout. I was savouring every second and enjoying my work. A little single disciplined in my approach and stance with mostly boxing. It’s what I get for picking this bout and opponent as a precursor to a boxing match against Pacman. I deserved to get the legs kicked off me going in with this thinking. This is not the game to play around with. Besides this though my shots where sharp and I was in full control. Albeit the leg attacks where building up on me throughout the course. 18 in total thrown at me, with the final one buckling my leg fully, that was that. The peroneal nerve compromised. Fascinating! First time to experience it. Then a tremendous finishing flurry by my opponent. Hats off! A well fought fight by The Diamond. 1 a piece now with a Trilogy bout for all the marbles! Wow! Exciting! Not a trilogy I was expecting, nor the tactical affair I was anticipating, but I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t meant to be. This is exactly how this was always meant to be! Buzzing!!”
Poirier has since responded to the Instagram post with a Tweet of his own.
“You know we are going to do it a third time,” Poirier wrote.
McGregor, the former two-division UFC champ, has since fallen below the top-five rankings in the lightweight division. With Poirier being the no. 1 ranked lightweight at the moment, a win over him in the trilogy could get McGregor right back in the title picture.
However, Poirier may find himself in a title fight of his own in his next bout, which means McGregor may need to take another fight aside from the trilogy against Poirier in the mean time if he wants to have an active 2021.