The highly-anticipated rubber match between former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim Lightweight champion and No. 1-ranked contender, Dustin Poirier, and former two-division roost ruler and No. 5-seeded, Conor McGregor, took place tonight (Sat., July 10, 2021) from inside a sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
McGregor was more than eager to avenge his technical knockout loss at UFC 257 earlier this year (watch it) to demonstrate that he is still one of the best in the world. Poirier — who McGregor stopped at UFC 178 seven years ago — wanted to leave zero doubt who the better fighter is and, at the same time, cement himself as next in line for the 155-pound belt.
Something had got to give! And, ultimately, it was McGregor’s right leg, which gave out in the waning seconds of the opening round, leading to a technical knockout loss via injury / doctor’s stoppage (watch highlights).
Here is a still shot of the injury, which shows McGregor’s ankle completely folded under his left leg:
Live updates will began to flow below the moment the two fighters made their way to the Octagon ...
McGregor was the first to make his trademark walk to the cage to a mix of Foggy Dew and Hypnotize, which the crowd ate up entirely:
And then it was Poirier’s turn ... a little but more subdued but exciting nonetheless:
Both fighters refused to touch gloves — perhaps it has something to do with all that trash talk McGregor was spewing about Poirier’s wife. Nevertheless, Conor came out the aggressor, uncorking two side kicks and a low kick, then a left hand as Poirier struggled to get going early. Poirier finally launched a big left hook that had Conor backpedaling. Conor continued to strafe the lower half, with Poirier focusing upstairs with a nasty lefthand and some other shots that appeared to buzz the Irishman. Poirier pressed him up against the cage and Conor was able to get a guillotine choke sunk in while standing. It looked precarious for a few seconds, but Poirier eventually worked his neck free and began to unload with ground-and-pound from the top with two minutes remaining in the round. Conor delivered some sharp elbows from the bottom, with Poirier responding in-kind after a minor adjustment. Poirier continued to bomb Conor from the top, with Conor trying to kick him off. Conor landed a nice upkick, but Poirier continued his ground-and-pound onslaught. Conor tried another guillotine to slow down the furious pace, but Poirier let him back to his feet. And it was at that point that he took a weird step in the final exchange and sat down almost immediately, suffering what appeared to be a broken ankle.
Final Result: Poirier defeats McGregor via technical knockout in round one (injury)
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