Conor McGregor’s could face backlash for the threatening comments he made towards Dustin Poirier and his family after their trilogy bout at UFC 264.
McGregor suffered a first round TKO loss to Poirier earlier this month, breaking his left leg in the closing moments of the first round which left him unable to continue.
When long-time UFC commentator Joe Rogan followed up with an exasperated McGregor for a post-fight interview, the Irishman lashed out at Poirier and his wife.
“In your sleep you’re getting it, in your sleep you’re dead, you and your Mrs, it ain’t over. Be careful at the club mate,” McGregor said.
Marc Ratner, the Vice President of UFC Regulatory Affairs, said some head staff at the UFC are aware of McGregor’s comments.
“I don’t know if we are going to have an actual code of conduct meeting but there are certainly some senior executives including Dana that are very much aware of that,” Ratner told the In This Corner podcast.
Also brought into question was a religiously insensitive tweet directed at Khabib Nurmagomedov before his 2018 fight with McGregor. The tweet, which read “Your wife is a towel mate”, mocked a picture of Nurmagomedov’s wife on their wedding day.
And Ratner continued by condemning McGregor’s comments: “We certainly, and I certainly don’t condone that kind of talk, there’s no reason for that. Conor was always a very good loser, in his own way.
“And maybe you shouldn’t interview him when he’s on the ground with a broken leg. That comes into play because who knows what he’s going to say …. but yeah, I think there’s been conversations with Conor.”
Should McGregor be punished for his actions? Comment below
Poirier was unfazed by McGregor’s claim that his wife was sending him private messages before the fight but was disgusted by McGregor’s other comments and believes his leg injury was “karma” for his comments.
“My wife is solid as a rock, I’m not worried about that, it’s noise – he was saying he was going to kill me. You don’t say stuff like that, he was going to murder me, you don’t say stuff like that,” Poirier said.
“You don’t say stuff about people’s wives either, but I know that that’s zero-chance. There is a chance somebody could die. You don’t say that. You don’t wish that on anybody.”
Following his second win of the calendar year against McGregor, Poirier is next in line for a UFC lightweight title shot against current champion Charles Oliveira.
Meanwhile, McGregor is likely to be sidelined for a year following his leg break. The Irishman may have his entire left leg in a cast, but that hasn’t stopped him from getting back in the gym to resume weight training.