Following Kamaru Usman’s KO loss, Conor McGregor stated that fighters should not allow their families to watch them compete in the ring.
Last Saturday night at UFC 278 in Las Vegas, Kamaru Usman was knocked out by Leon Edwards in the fifth round of their intense main event.
The brutality of the head-kick defeat knocked the former champion out cold on the canvas, astounded many fans and pundits in attendance and watching from around the world.
Unsurprisingly, Conor McGregor was paying close attention, and he had a lot to say about what happened during his standard post-fight Twitter rants.
What he said about fighters bringing their families to the arena to watch them compete was particularly noteworthy.
“I feel this deep. I do not suggest bringing family whatsoever. Especially the children. This is different fighting. I’ve done both sides of this and feel going to the mission solo is best. You can see family again post battle. Will definitely be continuing this way going forward.”
The Irishman was responding to a report that Kamaru Usman’s daughter was carried out of the Salt Lake City arena in tears after seeing her father lose to ‘Rocky.’
McGregor, as he stated, brought his family with him when he returned to the Octagon last January to face Dustin Poirier.
While they were clearly proud of his efforts, he was eventually defeated by TKO in one of his most notable defeats to date.
McGregor not returning until 2023
Conor McGregor wanted to return in 2022, but it looks like he’ll be out longer than expected.
For quite some time, the former two-division champion has been hyping his return from a broken leg. He returned to sparring in April of last year, saying he wanted to fight a few months later, with July as a possible return date.
That obviously did not happen, and while some speculated that he might return in late 2022, his manager suggests otherwise.
Tim Simpson, Paradigm Sports’ SVP of MMA, provided an update on McGregor’s recovery while discussing his participation in filming for the “Road House” reboot this month.
“As the injury continues to heal, and he continues to prepare for a comeback, the timing worked well. Great opportunity there to do a Hollywood blockbuster in the meantime,” Simpson told MMA Junkie.
“(Filming) fits in perfectly. He’s still on track for a big return next year, but this fits in perfectly in the meantime.
“The leg is still healing. I think there’s a little bit more to go on that,” he said.
“But he’s been training like a madman twice a day, every day. He’s got his full team out there, the McGregor Fast team, all his health and fitness guys, physio, boxing, coaching.
“He’s been going hard. He’s been training super hard. He’s in amazing shape, just final adjustments to get that leg back where it needs to be.”