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Alternate camera angles of the moments after Conor McGregor's loss to Dustin Poirier by injury TKO at UFC 264 have shown the Irish fighter levelling death threats at his rival.
McGregor cast any semblance of a respectful relationship with Poirier aside in the weeks leading up to the fight, but became especially antagonistic at the pre-fight press conference in the days prior to their match-up.
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The Irish fighter made crude jokes about Poirier's wife, Jolie, while also attempting to kick his opponent in front of the cameras.
His taunts counted for little after his ankle gave way at the end of the first round, but a clearly emotional McGregor didn't want things to end there.
McGregor was controversially interviewed by UFC commentator Joe Rogan as he lay in the octagon waiting to be taken out by stretcher, where he vowed there would be another fight.
It was in the moments before that interview however, that McGregor left both Poirier and Rogan visibly stunned.
“In your sleep you’re getting it, in your sleep you’re dead, you and your missus, it ain’t over,” McGregor could be overheard yeling.
In his own post-fight interview with Rogan, a clearly annoyed Poirier said it was obvious McGregor had taken the trash talk too far.
“I can take, you know, the trash talk,” he said.
“Like there’s no holds barred with the trash talk, right? But murder is something you don’t clown around and you know, there’s no coming back from that.
“And this guy was saying he was gonna murder me and all kinds of stuff. He was telling me he was gonna kill me tomorrow. I’m gonna leave here in a coffin. You don’t talk like that to people, man.
“I hope this guy gets home safe to his beautiful family.”
Some fans were also less than impressed with McGregor's comments.
Conor McGregor loses to Dustin Poirier after breaking ankle at UFC 264
McGregor won the first fight between them at UFC 178 in 2014 by first-round finish. But Poirier won the last two and now moves on to a title fight against lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, who was seated at cageside.
With former President Trump among a boatload of notable people and celebrities in attendance, McGregor opened fast with a spinning back kick that Poirier dodged.
Interviewed by Joe Rogan sitting down in the cage, McGregor bellowed “This is not over.”
But he was taking hard shots from Poirier throughout the second half of the round.
The irony of the ending sequence is that McGregor mocked fighters who got submission victories and said he didn’t count them. That appeared to be a not-so-flattering reference to ex-champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s victory over him in 2018.
But McGregor then went for a guillotine when they fell to the ground.
Poirier was patient and escaped the guillotine and then began to land some hard shots on McGregor. He blasted McGregor with an elbow right after getting out of the guillotine and then was doing some significant ground-and-pound.
McGregor tried upkicks to keep Poirier off him and Poirier finally backed off late in the round to get the fight up. Poirier landed a straight left hand that sent McGregor back and gave him the fight.
Of course, it was surrounded by drama because it was McGregor, but it was clear that Poirier took the round and was in command of the bout.
With Yahoo Sports US/Kevin Iole
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