Conor McGregor is set to take on Dustin Poirier this Saturday at UFC 264, and the action started early. During the press conference, Conor McGregor squared up with Poirier for a photo-op. With Dana White struggling to keep the two opponents separated, McGregor threw a kick Dustin’s direction before departing.
Many have spoken out about this recent instance of Notorious acting out. According to MMA Mania, McGregor “should be fined, suspended, and pulled from the card” after he kicked Poirier at the pre-fight press conference. It is unclear what action will be taken considering McGregor’s track record.
UFC women’s flyweight contender Lauren Murphy posted on Twitter to say that a suspension and fine will result in touching your opponent during any ceremonial weigh-ins. The only thing that is allowed is a handshake, fist bump, or high five. Obviously kicking your opponent is off limits.
They just told us at weigh ins that if we touch our opponent at ceremonial weigh ins for any thing other than a fist bump, or a handshake, or high five, we will be pulled from the card, suspended, and fined. GOOD
As of this writing, UFC has not handed down any public punishment for Conor McGregor yet. This is a situation that he certainly escalated by kicking at Dustin Poirier, but he is also trying very hard to drive up interest for his fight on Saturday night.
Conor McGregor makes the UFC a ton of money and this puts everyone involved in a very tough situation. We will have to see if a fine is handed down, but Saturday’s fight is still on despite that kick.
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