Bill Burr on McGregor’s trash talk: ‘There’s way worse s—t than that’

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Did Conor Mcgregor break his leg?

Conor McGregor had stress fractures in his left leg prior to getting injured in UFC 264, the star fighter said Thursday. ... McGregor added that he had a titanium rod put in from the knee to the ankle. The Irishman broke his leg while fighting Dustin Poirier in UFC 264 on Saturday. The AthleticConor McGregor had stress fractures in leg before injury in UFC 264

What did Mcgregor break?

Conor McGregor has said he was injured prior to his defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 and had “multiple stress fractures” in his shin bone before breaking his leg in Saturday's main event in Las Vegas. The IndependentConor McGregor claims he had ‘multiple stress fractures’ before UFC 264 leg break

This may be shocking to hear, but Bill Burr didn’t get offended by the post-fight abuse hurled at Dustin Poirier by Conor McGregor.

Everyone cares when Conor McGregor fights ... my parents care. And so does stand-up comedian Bill Burr, who had his own thoughts on how the third showdown between McGregor and Dustin Poirier went at UFC 264 (watch highlights).

“It sucks the way it ended,” Burr said on his podcast. “I was rooting for Conor McGregor. I hate when an older — he’s only 32 — but when an older great fighter loses, I hate that thing where all these people on Twitter who haven’t had a fight since junior high like me start ‘Nyeah, you got your f—king ass kicked’ or something like that.

“Certain people, certain announcers, they enjoy when the champ gets knocked off their throne because a lot of people can’t handle how bad ass — and that’s the most bad ass thing ever, man or woman, to walk into an arena to fight, and to come out victorious? I don’t care what anyone in the crowd did, nobody is cooler than that. You gotta go to someone who’s a war hero to beat that.

“I wanted to see that second round to see what would have happened,” he continued. “Everybody seems to know what was going to happen, whatever. But ‘Oh Conor was coming back’ or ‘Dustin would have knocked him out.’ We don’t know now. I felt bad for Conor when he was sitting there. I know he was yelling all sorts of f—ked up s—t at Dustin but it was just like ... I don’t know what that’s like.”

“I can be a comedian til I keel over, but these guys have a window, and it must feel as great for them as it does for me to do what I do. And I can’t imagine if my whole standup career was over at 32 and what am I going to do? So I think he was kind of in that headspace. And I think he was still trying to sell the next fight.

“Jesus Christ, ‘Your wife is in my DMs,’ Jesus. And Dustin saying he’s a dirtbag. They usually say all sorts of crazy s—t and then afterward they’re so nice. This is the only time I can remember where it sounded like pre-fight hype and then.... I like the people who are going, ‘He went too far, don’t say things about his wife.’ What are you talking about? They say all sorts of crazy things. ‘Oh, he said he was going to murder me.’ It’s like pffft.

“He didn’t say he was going to eat his children. He didn’t say, ‘I’m going to f—k you until you love me.’ There’s a lot more crazy s—t than that. He’s selling the fight and he’s Conor McGregor and if you fight him you make—”

And at that point his podcast recorder shuts down, and when he comes back he goes on a tangent about bears. But don’t worry. Not only has this YouTube account clipped Bill Burr’s thoughts on McGregor’s UFC 264 performance, he has a 35-minute video featuring Burr talking about Conor McGregor’s career from the Chad Mendes fight onward.

You get to listen to Burr develop from a know nothing casual to a confidently clueless casual over five years. Good stuff.

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Firas Zahabi grossed out by ‘narcissistic’ Conor McGregor’s behavior: ‘I don’t know how you guys can be fans of this man’

Yahoo Sports 18 July, 2021 - 03:01pm

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Firas Zahabi can’t understand how fans continue to support Conor McGregor after all his antics.

The Tristar Gym head coach was appalled at McGregor’s pre- and post-fight antics at UFC 264, where he lost to Dustin Poirier by TKO due to a broken left tibia and fibula.

McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) used a rather aggressive approach to build up the fight and dragged Poirier’s wife into his trash talk. Following the unfortunate ending to the fight, McGregor ramped up the threats and continued to target Poirier and his family.

“I was really grossed out,” Zahabi said on the Tristar Gym YouTube channel. “I don’t know how you guys can be fans of this man. I respect him as a fighter. I respect his skills – I can’t deny that. But the way he behaved at the press conference was just horrible.”

Zahabi thinks McGregor is surrounded by yes men who are afraid to tame McGregor when he spirals out of control. He thinks his actions were distasteful and he shouldn’t be getting preferential treatment just because he’s a massive star.

“If Conor McGregor has one true friend in this world … maybe he’s just surrounded by people who just want his prestige and money and they just want what they can get from him,” Zahabi said. “But if he has a single true friend in this world, that true friend is going to take him behind closed doors and tell him, ‘Look, the way you’re behaving – it’s stupid. You’re making yourself look bad. You’re embarrassing us, your family, your friends.’ It’s just a humiliating way for a true martial artist, a warrior to behave.

“He’s going after kids now. Now, if that was anybody else, if that was a guy on a prelim card, we would all be like, ‘Kick this guy off the roster. Kick this guy out of the UFC. No, no, no.’ But because it’s Conor McGregor, you can’t say that. It’s Conor McGregor – he’s the poster boy. He’s the one who sells all the tickets. No – there’s no pass for that.”

McGregor is angling for a fourth fight with Poirier (28-6 MMA, 21-6 UFC), but Zahabi doesn’t see a reason why they should run it back again. He commends “The Diamond” for the way he restrained himself and thinks he’s already proven he’s the superior fighter.

“McGregor is so down,” Zahabi said. “He’s so angry and jealous of Poirier. He will say and do anything to try and insult Poirier, try to take away this moment off Poirier. Listen, Poirier has beaten you. He’s a better fighter than you. He will be remembered as a better fighter than you.

“Whatever beef you have there, you can’t take it and start threatening to kill each other and then start threatening each other’s children, team members and whatnot. That’s just animal behavior. Then to say what he said about Poirier’s wife – it’s disgusting.”

Zahabi also thinks that McGregor has an inability to accept losses, which will only stifle his growth as a fighter. McGregor claimed he entered the fight with stress fractures in his leg and provided photo evidence of his leg wrapped up during practice sessions in his training camp.

“I think McGregor suffers from narcissism – heavily, heavily narcissistic,” Zahabi said. “And unfortunately for him, he can’t see that he’s at fault. That’s why he needs a true friend or family member to step in and kind of sober him up a little bit because honestly, all he did was embarrass himself. You’ll never see a fighter behave like this.

“He’s the only guy that even if he loses, he can’t take it. He can’t look in the mirror and say, ‘You know what? That wasn’t my fight. It didn’t go my way. I lost. Here’s what I have to do to improve. This is how I better myself.’ No, no, no – in his mind, ‘It was a freak accident. There was no check. You were going to get a beating in the second round.’ It’s just nonsense. Pure nonsense. Not only has his skills as a fighter dipped, but also his character.”

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Conor McGregor's Most Controversial Moment

GiveMeSport 18 July, 2021 - 03:01pm

Firas Zahabi blasts Conor McGregor for ‘humiliating’ UFC 264 behavior: He’s ‘angry and jealous’ of Dustin Poirier

MMA Fighting 18 July, 2021 - 10:00am

The longtime head coach of Georges St-Pierre and other notable names in the MMA space was a viewer — like 1.8 million others — of the UFC’s most recent pay-per-view event, which saw Poirier earn a doctor’s stoppage TKO win after McGregor suffered a broken tibia in the closing seconds of the opening round.

Heading into the trilogy fight, and in the event’s aftermath, things got ugly when it came to McGregor’s thoughts and comments about Poirier. Zahabi has been around long enough to know there’s a fine line between fight promotion and taking it too far.

“If [McGregor] has a single true friend in this world, that true friend is going to take him behind closed doors and tell him, ‘Look, the way you’re behaving, it’s stupid. ‘You’re making yourself look bad. You’re embarrassing us, your family, your friends,’” Zahabi said on the Tristar YouTube Page. “It’s just a humiliating way for a true martial artist, a warrior, to behave.

“He’s going after kids now. If that was anybody else, if that was a guy on a prelim card, we would all be like, ‘Kick this guy off the roster, kick this guy out of the UFC,’ but because it’s Conor McGregor, you can’t say that. It’s Conor McGregor, he’s the poster boy, he’s the one who sells all the tickets. No! There’s no pass for that.”

McGregor has now been finished in two straight fights, and three of his last four. The UFC 264 press conference saw a fired up McGregor hurling insults at Poirier to try and rattle his opponent — even using Poirier’s wife as a tool for his verbal warfare — which is something Zahabi was not fond of.

“I was really grossed out,” Zahabi stated. “I don’t know how you guys can be fans of this man. I respect him as a fighter. I respect his skills, I can’t deny that, but the way he behaved at the press conference was just horrible.”

With a 2-1 lead in the series over McGregor, Poirier is now expected to face Charles Oliveira later this year for the lightweight title. “The Diamond” will look to find success in his second opportunity to become an undisputed champion after suffering a submission loss against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242. Poirier also has stated that at some point, he and McGregor will fight again.

In Zahabi’s eyes, McGregor’s antics didn’t stem from gamesmanship, but from jealousy.

“Whatever beef you have there, you can’t take it and start threatening to kill each other and then start threatening each other’s children, team members and whatnot,” Zahabi explained. “That’s just animal behavior. Then to say what he said about Poirier’s wife? It’s disgusting.

“He’s so angry and jealous of Poirier. He will say and do anything to try and insult Poirier, try to take away this moment off Poirier. Listen, Poirier has beaten you, he’s a better fighter than you. He will be remembered as a better fighter than you.”

Conor McGregor Torn To Pieces And Absolutely Dismantled Over Post-Fight Interview At UFC 264

SPORTbible 18 July, 2021 - 08:52am

McGregor exploded on Poirier and his family after suffering a doctor's stoppage in the main-event of their trilogy bout.

He said he was going to 'murder' Poirier and took aim at his wife, Jolie, who reacted angrily inside the Octagon.

He said via MMA Fighting: "You're on the ground with your leg broken in half at the bottom, threatening to kill somebody, to a man who has just dominated you twice in a row now, he could walk up and soccer kick you in the mouth, knock all your teeth out and leave you for dead on that canvas.

"You're the one who is in position to get killed, Conor, in that spot."

"Show some humility. Listen, this sport is violent," he added. "I get that. We're supposed to beat the crap out of each other, knock each other out. But at the end of the day, it's not about murder. It's not about your family. Leave those things out of your mouth, or get the hell out of the octagon, I never want to see you again.

"It's not a street fight, it's not life and death.

"Obviously, in boxing and MMA, there's injuries that cause people to literally die. So, to talk about that stuff, to talk about that kind of stuff is just disgusting and we've mentioned that a million times. What he said was wrong."

An Orthopedic Surgeon Tried to Analyze Conor McGregor's MRI for Stress Fractures

menshealth.com 17 July, 2021 - 09:38am

Here's what Dr. David Abbasi found when he took a closer look.

Conor McGregor has recently shared a series of social media update on his progress after breaking his leg during his fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 and undergoing surgery. One of his tweets included a series of images of his treatment, including one shot of an MRI. In a new YouTube video analyzing the photo—a T2 image of McGregor's ankle—orthopedic surgeon David Abbasi, MD finds some inconsistencies with the fighter's assertion that he had a stress fracture in his leg prior to the fight.

"The problem is when you zoom in on that MRI, which I did, there is no evidence of a stress fracture to the lower leg, where he in fact did have a fracture," says Abbasi. "Any type of stress fracture, stress reaction on this T2 image should show up clearly in the bone, it would show up as increased or whitening signal. And so from this one image, you should absolutely be able to see any evidence of stress fracture or stress reaction... If you look at this ankle MRI, it does show that he has some tendonitis to the tibialis anterior, the tendon in the front of the ankle that helps to lift our foot up. And you could also see that he may have some increased whitening or white signal at the ankle joint, where the tibia is meeting the talus...

"We could call something like that a contusion or a stress reaction, and maybe that's what he was referring to," he continues. "But this was in a different location than where he actually had his leg fractures. There is no evidence of any stress reaction or stress fractures of the lower tibia... This should have clearly shown something if there was anything brewing in that location... If we were concerned about that from a symptomatic standpoint, we would have ordered a leg MRI, not this ankle MRI."

Abbasi adds, however, that he can only draw this conclusion based on the one image being shown, and that there may be other scans which corroborate what McGregor has stated publicly.

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