Conor McGregor Praised by Some, Hated by Many as UFC 264 Fight Announced
Posted: Apr 27, 2021
Connor McGregor is a man with many secrets. Throughout his now-decade-long career, he has faced several charges, convictions, and mishaps. Underneath all of the derogatory tweets, bar battles with the elderly about his whisky, and even the assault on a bus full of UFC warriors, there is a guy who once gave up a career in plumbing to pursue a career in mixed martial arts (Mma).
He collected healthcare in Ireland before his first UFC fight in 2013, and the rest is history. His career flourished almost instantly, and the enigmatic Irishman reigned fear for the best part of five years. He's probably one of the greatest strikers in UFC history, as well as one of the most divisive personalities in both mainstream culture and fighting sports.
Throughout his eight years with the UFC, he saw several peaks and downs, including many "retirements," litigation, and title belts. Those years were fraught with controversy and plight, but they still produced some of the most enjoyable television in years.
As a result, the electorate seems to be divided over what they think about McGregor, even if his critics are frequently against him. He once told Brazilian national and former featherweight champion José Even that he will travel across his favela on horseback, and he also made fun of Khabib Nurmagomedov's father's recent death.
The most recent exchange on the long list is with Dustin Poirier, who beat McGregor at UFC 257 in January of this year. In 2014, the two met as both were rising through the ranks of the UFC, with McGregor taking the win. Following the latest announcement of UFC 264 Live Stream, Poirier leveled several serious allegations at the longtime double-champ.
Poirier said earlier this week that McGregor promised to contribute $500,000 to Poirier's organization, The Good Fight Foundation, before the fight last January. The charity foundation has been a priority of Poirier's career, and he admits to taking it quite seriously.
According to MMA Junkie, the two exchanged bank information and specifics about the donation prior to the war. When the new battle was revealed, Poirier stated on Twitter that the payment never arrived. This is not a surprising surprise to those who are acquainted with McGregor's actions outside of the octagon, but it adds another blemish to what should have been the best career in UFC history.
McGregor was swift to retaliate, criticizing Poirier for the mishandling of the case, but it could be claimed that McGregor isn't the most trustworthy source. He recently made headlines for donating a million euros to hospitals across Ireland for COVID-19-related protective devices, but it always seems to be a shambles.
Of course, combatants are humans, and they deserve the love and dignity as any human being deserves, but with a forum as large as McGregor's, any error would help to affirm the view so many people already have. Sure, he's a fantastic fighter, maybe even one with once-in-a-lifetime ability, but does that justify any wrongdoing and hurtful move he's committed?
There is one query that should be asked: Is McGregor saying the facts, or is this another instance in which we can glance back in embarrassment as the UFC goes ahead without him?