Conor McGregor has been under severe scrutiny for his comments inside the Octagon following a disappointing conclusion to the trilogy bout at UFC 264. However, a case can be made that a lot of it has to do with Joe Rogan interviewing the former two-division champion moments after he suffered the brutal leg break.
While McGregor has no regrets for the comments he passed to Dustin Poirier and his wife Jolie Poirier, there’s a case to be made that the emotions runnings after the fight were too high which could have led to horrible things coming out of his mouth.
While it’s not something new for McGregor to trash talk, and cross personal boundaries during the banter, McGregor’s condition and his situation in the post-fight aftermath certainly makes for an argument.
“His foot is literally hanging down,” Kavanagh said. “It’s a clean fracture on the fibula and tibia. It went straight through. It’s hanging down.”
“You can only imagine the rush of hormones and what’s going to be going through your body at that moment. The pain – it was on fire. Then someone bends down and sticks a microphone in your face: ‘How are you feeling right now?’ It’s like, guys – come on.”
Even McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh feels the same as he called out Joe Rogan for interviewing him moments after the fight ended. Speaking to MMA Junkie, John Kavanagh shared his thoughts on why it was not a wise decision on the part of Rogan to interview McGregor in such a situation.
Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh calls out Joe Rogan
It’s hard not to agree with John Kavanagh and while it’s no excuse or justification for what McGregor said during the post-fight Octagon interview, it was just a bad move for Rogan to put McGregor in a spot in front of 20,000 fans after a brutal injury that saw his leg snap, breaking the tibia completely.
Joe Rogan has stated in the past that he is not going to interview fighters who have just suffered a knockout loss. Needless to say, emotions were running high that night, with McGregor’s career and his legacy at stake.
While one can argue that McGregor started the trash-talk sitting near the cage even before Joe Rogan went to him, it’s safe to say a lot of it could have been avoided had Rogan not gone to McGregor with the microphone to address the more than 20,000 fans present in the arena.
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