As Conor McGregor went crashing down onto the Octagon canvas at UFC 257, the entire MMA community rose to their feet, head in hands.
For the first time in the Irishman’s career, he had been defeated via TKO/KO - the man dubbed the organisation’s greatest ever striker, had been outstruck.
The loss itself was not necessarily the biggest shock, we have seen McGregor enter the cage or ring before, and fall short. It was, however, the manner of the defeat.
Dustin Poirier executed the perfect gameplan, scoring an early takedown and chopping down the legs with some vicious kicks. By the end of round one, McGregor was severely compromised, allowing the American to surge forward and land his heavy shots. As the saying goes, pressure makes diamonds.
A devastating loss has dinted the pristine Notorious brand, leaving many questioning as to what happens next. Many, in the former champ champ’s position, would call it a day and live off his prize funds, but McGregor wants to stay active.
On the back of his desire to stay in the game, we’ve looked into McGregor’s next fight odds on SkyBet.