Dustin Poirier defeated Conor McGregor after the Irishman injured his left ankle within the closing seconds of the primary spherical at UFC 264 on Saturday night time.
The bout was stopped after the first-round bell when McGregor was unable to proceed. After a final-minute blow, the 32-year-old fell on the mat by Poirier, who recorded his second win over McGregor in six months.
Courtesy of this win, Poirier is about for UFC’s subsequent light-weight title shot.
Poirier stated he thought McGregor’s leg broke when he checked one in all McGregor’s kicks earlier within the struggle.
“I felt one thing, for positive,” Poirier stated. “He fractured it on one of many kicks at first of the struggle, after which he broke it.”
Poirier was largely in charge of the opening spherical, parrying McGregor’s kicks and touchdown a number of strikes earlier than getting management over McGregor on the bottom. After a protracted stretch of punches and elbows on the inclined McGregor, Poirier knocked him down one final time — and McGregor’s ankle bent gruesomely as he fell.
McGregor was livid in regards to the circumstances of his loss earlier than he was carried from the cage.
“This isn’t over!” he shouted.
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I doubt we’ll see McGregor once more after that nasty snap.
— Kenny (@kenCPFC) July 11, 2021
— Ibrahim (@TrueEssences) July 11, 2021
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Over the previous couple of years, McGregor has been unable to copy his fearsome MMA kind, which helped him attain fame. He misplaced decisively to Khabib Nurmagomedov and twice to Poirier whereas beating solely an over-the-hill Donald Cerrone.
In the meantime, T-Cell Area was filled with a sellout UFC crowd for the primary time for the reason that coronavirus pandemic started. Among the many listing of celebrities attending the occasion was Jared Leto, Steve Aoki.
Former US President Donald Trump was additionally current for the ultimate three fights and acquired loud boos within the area.
Donald Trump is greeted by a loud refrain of largely boos as he arrives ringside in Las Vegas tonight for Conor McGregor’s UFC struggle. pic.twitter.com/rIIxQnliP5
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) July 11, 2021
Based on UFC President Dana White, the gate income stands at round $16.5 million.