Georges St-Pierre admits he was ‘very surprised’ by Conor McGregor’s KO defeat by Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 and backs Irish fighter to rise back to the top ‘if he changes things in his training and in his life’
- Conor McGregor suffered the first TKO defeat of his career at the weekend
- McGregor’s calf was targeted by Dustin Poirier during UFC 257 showdown
- Georges St-Pierre believes the Irishman can come back stronger from defeat
Georges St-Pierre has revealed his shock after Conor McGregor suffered the first knockout defeat of his career at the hands of Dustin Poirier at the weekend.
The Irishman was stopped in the second round on Abu Dhabi’s ‘Fight Island’.
Though he is now serving a six-month medical suspension, St-Pierre has backed the Irish fighter to be ‘reborn’ if he makes a few changes.
Conor McGregor suffered the first knockout defeat of his career by Dustin Poirier on Saturday
The Irishman was stopped in the second round on Abu Dhabi’s ‘Fight Island’ at UFC 257
‘I thought Conor was going to win, but I was wrong. I was very surprised,’ he told Michael Bisping on his self-titled podcast.
‘Will he keep his composure under pressure? I think one of Conor’s biggest strengths is that he overwhelms his opponents with his pressure, with his presence.
‘All the information he gives his opponent’s brain and the talking and all that, a lot of his opponents fold under pressure, but Poirier stayed sharp, and it was a real testament of how good he is.
‘Now it will be really interesting to see how Conor comes back from it. I believe he can come back from that loss.’
St-Pierre believes with a few changes there is no reason why McGregor can’t turn around this latest setback.
‘I think he needs to be reborn,’ St-Pierre added.
‘He needs to change things in his training and in his life that he believes were the causes for his failure. It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not as long as he believes.’
Georges St-Pierre has backed McGregor to return to the top if he makes a few changes
McGregor showed off the battered right leg sustained in his defeat by Poirier after the bout
McGregor said his leg swelled up to the size of an ‘American football’ following a ferocious barrage of blows from Poirier that inflicted his first-ever knockout loss.
He has also been served with a mandatory 45-day suspension from fighting for his defeat.
The 180-day injury suspension can be cut short by a doctor, however, with a negative X-ray of his tibia and fibula.
That could pave the way for a potential rematch with Poirier in May, with McGregor already talking up the prospects of a ‘blockbuster trilogy’ fight with the American.
McGregor shared an Instagram picture of his battered right leg elevated as he reclined on a sofa on a boat.
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