- McGregor broke his leg at UFC 264 and delivered a frenzied rant before being stretchered out.
- Top fighters have since slammed him and said he likely won’t reach the top of his game again.
- Though McGregor’s in rehab for the injury, it appears he needs to rehabilitate his image, too.
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The Irish 32-year-old was on top of the world when he became a simultaneous champion of the featherweight and lightweight divisions with a knockout win over Eddie Alvarez in 2016.
But in the five years since, he’s posted only one win against a series of losses – including back-to-back stoppage defeats to Dustin Poirier.
McGregor’s most recent loss, a first-round technical knockout in which he suffered a broken leg, took place at UFC 264 on Saturday.
When approached by the UFC commentator Joe Rogan for a reaction, McGregor delivered a wild, disturbing, and frenzied rant before he was stretchered out of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and taken to a hospital in Los Angeles.
Now prominent people in mixed martial arts are lining up to criticize the fighter.
“If the MMA community is going to support this bad people, this sport is going to go in a bad way,” Khabib Nurmagomedov, who beat McGregor in 2018, told ESPN.
Nurmagomedov went on to say that people with broken legs could make a recovery, but McGregor won’t be able to kick the same and won’t likely return to the top of the sport any time soon.
“This guy is finished,” he said.
Another former UFC champion, Rafael dos Anjos, downplayed McGregor’s overall abilities. He said McGregor “looked so sloppy” and that there was a clear size difference between him and the victor, Poirier.
“I met him at the weigh-in day and we had a small altercation in the back room, and he looks so small,” dos Anjos told MMA Junkie. “He looks like a little boy. I would smash that guy.”
Elsewhere, the UFC commentator and former combatant Dominick Cruz said some athletes “shut up” after racking up multiple losses. “We’re not seeing that,” he told ESPN. “We’re not seeing the silence, we’re not seeing the humility.”
-ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 12, 2021
McGregor recently said he would be on a crutch for at least six weeks as he prepares to rehabilitate from the injury.
And according to his peers, it appears he might need to rehabilitate his image, too.