Dustin Poirier beat Conor McGregor for the second time in six months when McGregor badly injured his left ankle in the closing seconds of the first round at UFC 264 on Saturday evening.
The fight was stopped after the first-round bell when McGregor (22-6) was unable to continue. The excellent distinguished person in mixed martial arts never bought up after falling to the canvas following a final-minute blow by Poirier (28-6), who will rep the UFC’s subsequent lightweight title shot.
Poirier stated he concept McGregor’s leg broke when he checked one of McGregor’s kicks earlier in the fight.
“I felt something, in truth,” Poirier stated. “He fractured it on one of the kicks on the beginning of the fight, after which he broke it.”
Poirier was largely in control of the opening round, parrying McGregor’s kicks and landing several strikes sooner than getting control over McGregor on the bottom. After a long stretch of punches and elbows on the prone McGregor, Poirier knocked him down one last time and McGregor’s ankle zigzag gruesomely as he fell.
McGregor was indignant about the conditions of his loss sooner than he was carried from the cage.
“Right here’s no longer over!” he shouted.
McGregor dropped to 1-3 in the cage since 2016, when he abdicated his UFC title reigns and common a wildly lucrative boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. McGregor has been unable to recapture his fearsome MMA develop, losing decisively to Khabib Nurmagomedov and twice to Poirier whereas beating only an over-the-hill Donald Cerrone.
Poirier stopped McGregor in the second round once they met in Abu Dhabi last January, avenging his first-round knockout loss to McGregor in 2014. Poirier’s clear superiority in the warring parties’ second bout made a third showdown seem questionable just correct six months later, however McGregor demanded the probability to fix his errors and Poirier common the massive paycheck that comes from sharing a cage with McGregor.
Instead of taking an easier fight or one other boxing match, McGregor wished one other shot at Poirier after getting stopped by strikes for the first time in his MMA profession. He claimed he had been distracted by his plans to field Manny Pacquiao this year, and he vowed to commit his fleshy attention to MMA in training camp.
McGregor’s distinguished person energy has confirmed no important decline no matter the dwindling evidence of his once-transcendent abilities. The Vegas crowd was vocally behind McGregor, who strutted into the octagon along with his ordinary aptitude.
However the common, hardworking Poirier has earned the probability to recapture the lightweight title he held on an interim basis in 2019 sooner than his loss to Nurmagomedov. That was the only defeat in almost five years for Poirier, who has principally maintained a decade of upward momentum in the UFC.
Poirier likely would had been the subsequent opponent for new lightweight champ Charles Oliveira in the wake of Nurmagomedov’s retirement, however Poirier risked that replacement by taking this lucrative rematch with McGregor. The decision revealed Poirier’s confidence in his skill to deal with McGregor again, and the fighter known as “The Diamond” shone.
McGregor was charming and pleasant to Poirier during the promotion of their second bout earlier this year, however that collegiality was gone for the third fight. McGregor returned to his verbose, mean-intelligent promotional persona, many occasions insulting Poirier’s greater half and vowing to slay the man who beat him six months earlier.
T-Cell Enviornment was stuffed with a sellout UFC crowd for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic started, and the organization’s president Dana White stated the gate income was around $16.5m, ranking among the top in UFC history. The movie distinguished person crowd included Dave Chappelle, Mel Gibson, Miles Teller, Jared Leto, Steve Aoki, Jackass’ Steve-O, Baker Mayfield and NFL home owners Robert Kraft and Sign Davis.
Frail US president Donald Trump additionally arrived for the final three fights and bought a brief, loud burst of cheers and boos from the packed arena.
Gilbert Burns won a unanimous decision over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in the co-main occasion, with the Brazilian bouncing abet from his knockout loss to welterweight champ Kamaru Usman in February.
Earlier on the pay-per-notion card, Australian heavyweight Tai Tuivasa licensed his violent first-round knockout of historical NFL player Greg Hardy by climbing onto the octagon fence and doing a shoey – drinking booze from a shoe in factual Aussie celebratory vogue. Hardy, who misplaced his NFL profession in 2015 after being convicted of home violence, has misplaced two straight fights after a 7-2 begin to his MMA profession.
Welterweights Michel Pereira and Niko Imprint set aside on the finest point to on the early undercard, and Pereira highlighted his slim decision victory with a exceptional standing backflip and a dawdle into fleshy mount on a prone Imprint.