Poirier TKOs McGregor as Irishman suffers nasty leg injury
LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor talked all sorts of smack and pledged that Dustin Poirier would leave the Octagon at T-Mobile Arena after their light-weight battle Saturday in the primary occasion of UFC 264 on a stretcher.
However it ends up that it was McGregor who got the flight out of the cage. He break his left leg when he was stopped by Poirier with about 10 seconds left in the preliminary of their rubber match.
Poirier dropped McGregor back versus the cage into his corner and McGregor’s leg collapsed under him. Poirier landed numerous ground and pound shots prior to the bell sounded.
However McGregor never ever left the canvas and referee Herb Dean, after bending and talking to McGregor, stopped the bout.
Poirier stated he believed McGregor had actually fractured the leg previously when he inspected a kick, however it rolled back terribly under him after the substantial punch Poirier landed.
McGregor won the very first battle in between them at UFC 178 in 2014 by first-round surface. However Poirier won the last 2 and now proceeds to a title battle versus light-weight champ Charles Oliveira, who was seated at cageside.
With former President Trump among a boatload of notable people and celebrities in attendance, McGregor opened fast with a spinning back kick that Poirier dodged.
Interviewed by Joe Rogan sitting down in the cage, McGregor bellowed “This is not over.”
But he was taking hard shots from Poirier throughout the second half of the round.
The irony of the ending sequence is that McGregor mocked fighters who got submission victories and said he didn’t count them. That appeared to be a not-so-flattering reference to ex-champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s victory over him in 2018.
But McGregor then went for a guillotine when they fell to the ground.
Poirier was patient and escaped the guillotine and then began to land some hard shots on McGregor. He blasted McGregor with an elbow right after getting out of the guillotine and then was doing some significant ground-and-pound.
McGregor tried upkicks to keep Poirier off him and Poirier finally backed off late in the round to get the battle up. Poirier landed a straight left hand that sent McGregor back and gave him the battle.
Naturally, it was surrounded by drama since it was McGregor, however it was clear that Poirier took the round and was in command of the bout.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.