Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you buy or sign-up through one of those links, you won’t pay a penny more but we’ll get a small commission that helps me in running this blog. Read the Disclosure page.
Former UFC two-weight champion George St-Pierre believes the boxing stance and training difficulties associated with coronavirus restrictions may be some of the key reasons for Conor McGregor‘s defeat in rematch with Dustin Poirier.
“McGregor’s stance could be a serious factor in which he lost the fight with Poirier, because he himself said that these сalf-kicks beat him very hard. from a friend and most of your weight rests on your front foot, of course this makes you very vulnerable to low kicks.
This may have been a serious factor, but also do not forget that the coronavirus could have affected it. For example, I am now in Canada, and even if I wanted to prepare for a fight, I could not, because it is prohibited. I would have to go somewhere. So I don’t know how much it affected McGregor’s preparation.
I don’t know what the situation is in Ireland. Perhaps he had to rebuild training due to current restrictions. Maybe that’s why he boxed more and ended up losing the fight because of that, “said George St-Pierre in an interview with Ariel Helwani.
George St-Pierre also said that former interim lightweight champion Dustin Porier should be given credit for winning the rematch with Conor McGregor early.
“Poirier did an amazing job. Let’s not belittle Dustin’s performance, it was great. He deserved this victory. It’s just that sometimes we tend, especially with the dominant fighters, after the defeat to say that they looked different than before. This is a frequent occurrence.
The same thing happened in the duel between Israel Adesanya and Jan Blachowicz. Blachowicz in this fight just surprised me with how good he is. I didn’t expect to see this in battle. I just didn’t know how good he was. It’s the same with Poirier – I didn’t know how good he was, “said George St. Pierre in an interview with Ariel Helwani.