Since his loss to Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor has remained relatively quiet on social media. As someone who is used to posting a lot of provocative pictures and opinions, it’s no surprise that he’s been quiet amid the Mayweather vs. McGregor world tour.
For some time, there have been suggestions that Conor McGregor may be heading toward a downward spiral. In fact, the serial disrupter was in last place in the UFC lightweight rankings, and was scheduled to fight in August. Meanwhile, his comeback opponent is none other than Manny Pacquiao. But he’s not the only one in the news this week. In a series of posts from May, we’ve seen McGregor’s evolving relationship with the media, the increasingly infantile-sounding messages he’s sent his detractors, and his bizarre, poorly chosen public statements.
Over the past two days, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has seemingly lost some of his footing. The Irishman went all-in with his fight against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, and it backfired, as he lost by TKO in the tenth round. The loss continued a downward spiral for the fighter, as he appeared to call out another fighter on Twitter, and then he deleted those tweets and apologized for them. McGregor then lost a bout with the undefeated Manny Pacquiao, which he was wildly favored to win.
Conor McGregor used to employ ruthless psychological warfare to win UFC championship bouts and crush his opponents. McGregor, on the other hand, now tweets and deletes nasty comments and misses out on bouts with Manny Pacquiao.
McGregor was once at the pinnacle of the mixed martial arts world. His star power remains undiminished, but his rude actions and constant posturing are wearing thin.
Three of Conor McGregor’s past four UFC bouts have ended in defeat.
In the autumn of 2016, Conor McGregor had it all.
When he won a technical knockout (TKO) against then-lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016, the Irish superstar became the first-ever two-division world champion. With two categories under his belt, it seemed like McGregor would try to move up to welterweight.
The Notorious One, on the other hand, was focused on a far larger battle. In the summer of 2017, he set his sights on an exhibition fight with unbeaten boxing great Floyd Mayweather. McGregor was defeated in the fight, although he fought for ten rounds. He turned it into a legitimate competition while also making a lot of money. He was, in other terms, on top of the world.
Showtime said that the Mayweather-McGregor bout drew 4.3 million domestic pay-per-view buys and over $600 million in total income. https://t.co/eXlp1m6o9L
December 15, 2017 — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter)
However, things were about to get out of hand for McGregor. Both his featherweight and lightweight championships were taken away from him. Before UFC 223, he had numerous run-ins and assaulted the bus transporting future lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, resulting in an arrest warrant.
McGregor finally got his shot at The Eagle at UFC 229, after a vicious and venomous buildup on his side. In the fourth round, Nurmagomeov submitted him, sparking a melee when he assaulted McGregor cornerman Dillon Danis.
Suspensions kept McGregor from competing for a while, but he finally returned in January 2020 with a victory against Donald Cerrone. But, just as McGregor seemed to be gaining traction, he was stopped once again.
McGregor’s efforts were first thwarted by the coronavirus epidemic. He was set to face top lightweight contender Dustin Poirier in a rematch in January, which Poirier won by knockout. After the 33-year-old sustained a fractured tibia at the conclusion of the first round, the Diamond defeated McGregor for the third time this month.
McGregor is preparing to fight again in the Octagon. He’s also allowing his Twitter fingers to take over.
After attacking Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father, McGregor deletes nasty comments intended at Daniel Cormier.
Conor McGregor’s Twitter habits have always been worth scrutinizing, for better or worse. On social media, he may be a little rash, and he’s often caught erasing offensive remarks.
In the instance of a series of deleted tweets about Daniel Cormier, this is the situation.
A second batch of McGregor deletes, which attacked Nurmagomedov and his dead father, was condemned by Cormier. The former heavyweight champion claimed the comments were inappropriate and encouraged McGregor to calm down.
Conor was not pleased with the comments. According to BJPenn.com, he posted a photo of Cormier commentating at UFC 265 with the caption, “A cry for assistance if I ever saw one.” Shortly later, the tweet was taken down.
McGregor is not receptive to constructive criticism. Cormier has consistently praised the Notorious One as one of the most impactful and influential fighters in the history of combat sports. Despite this, McGregor refuses to give Cormier the respect he deserves or to listen to the advice of an all-time UFC legend.
A bout with Manny Pacquiao may be on the horizon.
Conor McGregor’s situation is worse | Thomas King/Sportsfile via Getty Images
McGregor has previously fought Mayweather and wants to fight Manny Pacquiao in the squared circle. However, he may be missing out on this chance.
Pacquiao was scheduled to fight Errol Spence Jr. in less than a week, but Spence was forced to withdraw due to a ruptured retina. Pacman will now compete for the WBA welterweight title against Yordenis Ugas.
Things aren’t looking good for McGregor. He still has a long way to go after his tibia injury. After he’s recovered, he should return to the Octagon as soon as possible. It’s very unlikely that McGregor would refuse to return to the UFC. Some admirers think he is no longer relevant. McGregor is certain to be enraged by people who question him.
McGregor’s prospects of facing Manny Pacquiao are diminished if he fights again in the UFC. The Filipino great is approaching 43 years old, and it’s unclear how much longer he’ll fight. Furthermore, he may still be after Spence after he recovers from his injuries.
Conor McGregor used to have the whole combat sports world at his disposal. Things have changed dramatically, and it now seems like time is passing him by. Conor McGregor’s next bout is yet to be announced. At this point, it’s reasonable to question if it really matters.
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