UFC fighter Anthony Smith believes Dustin Poirier was simply as injured as Conor McGregor heading into their trilogy struggle at UFC 264.
McGregor suffered a horrifying leg break within the closing moments of his first spherical defeat to Poirier. The Irishman claimed he had a number of stress fractures in his ankle heading into the struggle, one thing that has been disputed by sports activities physician David Abassi.
UFC president Dana White would later reveal that McGregor had been stricken by “chronic arthritis” in each of his ankles lengthy earlier than the trilogy with Poirier.
But Smith is just not shopping for McGregor’s excuses and believes Poirier was coping with accidents of his personal earlier than the struggle as effectively.
“Everyone who loses has an excuse,” Smith told SiriusXM. “It’s new for Conor to be like that. I’m not the excuses man however in my circle, all my buddies know what’s happening. They know pre and so they know publish (struggle).
“Like, ‘I know you’re by no means gonna say this however what was happening right here? I do know you’ll by no means say this publicly since you don’t make excuses.’ And I’ll completely inform my buddies what’s happening.
“I would say Conor wasn’t any more hurt than Dustin was going into that fight. That’s not me saying Conor wasn’t banged up or his legs weren’t bothering him or his shin wasn’t cracked up or whatever, but he wasn’t any more injured that Dustin Poirier was.”
McGregor faced heavy criticism for his threatening words towards Poirier and his family after the fight.
Renowned MMA coach Firas Zahabi said McGregor’s stardom allows him to get away comments that other fighters would be sacked for, and retired UFC fighter Paul Felder encouraged the Irishman to “never set foot in the UFC again”.
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“It’s easy for a fan or someone who has never done it to say, ‘Oh, he was hurt.’ We’re all hurt,” he said. “Every single one of us, every single time we fight. There’s not one person that can ever say they go in 100 percent healthy. So his excuses are very invalid to me.
“To the general public, it makes sense that people would buy into that excuse, but Conor knows that all of us don’t buy it because we’re all hurt too.
“That’s how I look at it, but he’s not lobbying to us. It’s to the general public, the buyers, the PPV buyers. Those are the people he needs to convince but he knows he’s never gonna convince us.”
After lately present process surgical procedure for his damaged tibia, McGregor is ready to be sidelined for no less than a year. Meanwhile, Poirier has secured a UFC light-weight title shot in opposition to Charles Oliveira following his second win over McGregor.