Footage emerges of incident between Conor McGregor and security guard ahead of Dustin Poirier fight
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A video has emerged of a security guard demonstrating stone cold reaction to almost being kicked in the head by Conor McGregor.
The Irishman was in the cage preparing for his fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in Las Vegas back in 2021, practising his kicks with a security guard standing nearby monitoring the MMA fighter.
However, one of these kicks got too close to the nearby security guard with McGregor having to retract his leg before making contact with the guard. Although, it didn't seem to phase him, demonstrating an ice-cold stance without flinching.
The video shows McGregor unleashing the kick before pulling out at the last minute and pointing at the guard, with it assumed that the Irishman was taking note of the guard appearing unbothered.
The chilled reaction by the man in question received plaudits on social media, with comments from people praising him.
One person commented: "That security guard's aura must be made of steel."
A second person added: "Highest power level in the Octagon."
Eventually, McGregor went on to lose to Poirier and sustained injuries to his left tibia and fibula, subsequently keeping the 34-year-old out of action since.
The same guard from before that McGregor aimed the kick at showed no hostility towards the fighter, as he helped the Irishman exit the cage after the fight.
This hadn't been the first incident involving altercations between McGregor and officials in and around the cage. Back in 2017, he shoved referee John Goddard at Bellator 187 in Dublin while celebrating a victory for his friend Charlie Ward. The Irishman later apologised for his actions.
Although it has been almost two years since the Irishman's last fight, he is expected to return to action later this year for the latest instalment of The Ultimate Fighter, when he and a group of up-and-comers take on a group led by Michael Chandler.
A fight between McGregor and Chandler is also planned for after the series with a date and venue still to be confirmed.
Additionally, the Irishman has been promoting his new Netflix documentary 'McGregor Forever', a four-part series set to air on 17 May.
Love him or hate him, Conor McGregor's story's far from over.— Netflix (@netflix) May 9, 2023
McGregor Forever premieres May 17 pic.twitter.com/fdL9SDXqaz
The series will focus on the 34-year-old's experience through the Poirier fight as well as his journey through recovery and rehabilitation ahead of his highly-anticipated return to the cage.
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