Earlier this week, as the proposed Conor McGregor-Dustin Poirier trilogy continued to move in the right direction, I wrote a headline on social media that read: “All Marbles.”
Well, the subtitles wiped some people in the wrong way. What should I say if there is no UFC belt? Some people even say that there is no benefit at all, because the fight to complete the trilogy is more about money than figuring out who is the best lightweight car in the world. Poirier may have a chance to compete for the championship belt, but he chose a more lucrative payday against the biggest star in MMA history.
The response is fair, but let me tell you why there are so many trilogy disputes. The series is 1-1 and I don’t think McGregor and Poirier will fight over UFC264 again on July 10. As far as their competition is concerned, this is the competition of all marbles.
But secondly, it can be said that McGregor’s entire sports career can stand out in this fight is not surprising.
So far, what are our comments on McGregor fighter? Not a superstar. Not an entertainer. If he is to retire now, how do we define his athletic performance?
His UFC record is 10-3.
His lightweight is 7-0, the lightweight is 1-2, and the middleweight is 2-1.
His record in the UFC championship battle is 3-1.
To be clear, this is an extraordinary UFC career.This is a profession a lot of Martial artists can only dream from a competitive perspective, let alone McGregor made millions of dollars.
However, this is the problem. Was McGregor satisfied with this profession as early as 2013 when he first joined the UFC?If you show that Will McGregor be satisfied with this resume? Records below .500 at light weight. The results in the middleweight competition were slightly better, although all three games were against fighters who spent most of their careers in the lightweight division. Three of them were against Nate Diaz (Nate Diaz). ) Confrontation, the other is a confrontation with Donald “Cowboy” (Donald’ Cowboy) Cerrone).
He would be satisfied with two UFC titles, but would he be satisfied with one title? Will he be happy to know that one of his lightweight losses is against the rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, who claims to be the best lightweight product in the world, and McGregor is technically in that department?
I can tell you now that the 2013 version of McGregor will not be satisfactory. I can even guess that, compared to his expectations, he will treat this resume as a failure.
Sounds harsh, right? But this has been and will continue to be McGregor’s mentality-he is the best warrior on earth. Even in failure, whether it is Diaz in 2016, Nurmagomedov in 2018, Poirier in 2021 or Floyd Mayweather in 2017, McGregor always All dealt with setbacks well. Usually within a few hours after the failure, he determined the reason for the failure and replayed the game. Because the idea of someone better than him is never satisfactory.
Even with an MMA record of 1-2 in the past 3.5 years, McGregor continues to maintain his status as the best fighter in the world, and there are reasons (regardless of subscription or not) that can benefit him. Doubts.
He spent a year in this sport and achieved a nine-figure score in the boxing match against Mayweather, which anyone can do. In the first battle after the layoffs, he undertook the difficult task of fighting Nurmagmedov, but lost in the fourth round. He wanted to be active in 2020, but was unable to do so due to travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 40 seconds after defeating Cerrone on January 18, 2020, McGregor did not fight again until he lost to Poirier in the second round of KO on January 23, after which McGregor said that you cannot participate as a “part-time” fighter. “
These sound like excuses for McGregor’s loss, but when you consider that he is fighting the best team in the world, it is a reasonable factor.
However, if McGregor loses to Poirier for the second time in a row on July 10, there will be no hope. History will remember Bolier better. History will remember that McGregor declared at the end of 2015 that he was the best lightweight player in the world, but in the following five years, he did not even have a victory record.
He will have enough money and will be remembered as the superstar who changed the way of playing, even though he has experienced some legal issues outside the cage. But he will not be remembered as one of the greatest fighters. I still truly believe in what McGregor wants. Therefore, in this sense, July 10 applies to all marbles.