Dustin Poirier's coach Mike Brown has fired back at comments from Conor McGregor's trainer John Kavanagh that he was 'on the road to victory' at UFC 264.
McGregor was forced to retire in the opening round, after breaking his leg in an explosive opener in Las Vegas which the Irishman's trainer claimed was a winning round for his fighter, despite largely being dominated in the early striking.
And Brown has since responded to claims Poirier lost the opening round, claiming McGregor's camp cannot say the fight was 'going well' while referring to the official scorecards.
'It's not just somebody's opinion, we're talking about the judges' scorecards," Brown told MMA Fighting.
"We had two of the judges had a 10-8 round. So I don't know how anyone would consider that going well."
McGregor was also heard launching a verbal assault on Poirier at the end of the fight, again referring to a screenshot of a DM request from the American's wife, in addition to claiming the trilogy 'is not over'.
This has led to critics from across the sport including Paul Felder who was unhappy with the comments and did not want to see the Irishman in the UFC again.
Brown also criticised the unpleasantries aimed at his fighter, and has questioned whether the former two-division champion is currently working through a difficult patch in his career.
"I'm not sure what it is but he did seem much sharper with his tongue in the past, maybe he's in a tough spot, I don't know what it is but it also appears he has no lines anymore," he added.
"Where he used to have some lines, some are ethical but more lines. But those seem to have gone away.
"He doesn't seem to be quite the same fighter both in the ring and with his promotion too. Not sure what it is but something seems different."
UFC president Dana White has since dismissed the relevance of Poirier's wife message to the Irishman, claiming it was most likely in relation to a donation to the American lightweight's charity Good Fight Foundation.
The 33-year-old Irish star's future is uncertain in the sport but has been called out by the likes of Rafael Dos Anjos in the octagon and Paulie Malignaggi if he was to make a return to the boxing ring.
However his trainer Kavanagh seemed relatively pleased with how the fight was going before the injury, who predicted McGregor would stop Poirier later in the contest if it went to the latter stages.
"I wasn't concerned at all, I was actually really, really happy," Kavanagh told Laura Sanko.
"At the 4:30 mark, everything's gravy. Energy looked good, technique looked good.
"A few adjustments between rounds and I thought we were on track to getting a finish there or at least keep going, keep the rhythm going for the rest of the fight."
McGregor has since revealed photos of a previous training injury which he claimed hindered his preparations ahead of the trilogy duel which included 'stress fractures' on his ankle.
White has also remarkably revealed that the Irishman has suffered with 'chronic arthritis' in his ankles, and had to use tape to try and protect them during the fight.
Charles Oliveira looks the likely next opponent for Poirier for the UFC lightweight world title, but 'The Diamond' has also been called out by Nate Diaz.
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