ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates– Dustin Poirier quit Conor McGregor with a flurry of strikes midway through the 2nd round Sunday (late Saturday night PST), avenging his loss to the Irish super star with a knockout victory at UFC 257.
Poirier (26-7) caught McGregor with a series of shots to the head before buckling his knees with 2 left hands. Poirier then sent McGregor to the canvas with a brief right-hand man and completed it promptly, setting off shocked exhilaration among the few thousand howling fans enabled inside the Etihad Field on Yas Island.
In his very first fight in a year, McGregor (22-5) had a solid first round prior to he was come by punches for the initial time in his blended martial arts career.
McGregor, whose previous four losses all came by entry, remained on the canvas for a number of minutes later, collecting himself after his second loss in 3 battles considering that 2016.
” You understand, it’s difficult to overcome lack of exercise over extended periods of time,” claimed McGregor, that had not combated since beating Donald Cerrone last January. “I just wasn’t as comfy as I needed to be, but Dustin is some boxer. If you put in the moment, you’re going to get relaxing in here. I have to dirt it off and also come back, which’s what I will certainly do. &http://#8230; &http://#8230; I’ll take my licks, yet I’m gutted.”
McGregor and also Poirier met for the first time in September 2014 as featherweights, and McGregor won by ko in just 106 seconds throughout his amazing early-career success. McGregor came to be the lightweight champion 15 months later on, while Poirier restored his profession with simply one loss in his next 11 fights.
With a second chance to hinder McGregor while improving his very own hopes of regaining the lightweight title, Poirier really did not miss.
Sporting a shaved head as well as a beard, McGregor pushed the activity early versus Poirier, who landed an early takedown before obtaining backed versus the cage for stretches of the preliminary. In the second, Poirier troubled McGregor with leg kicks before throwing the strikes that finished it.
In the co-main event at UFC 257, three-time Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler made a sensational UFC launching with a violent ko of New Zealand’s Dan Hooker midway with the preliminary.
Chandler can be the following matchup for Poirier in a battle for the lightweight title obviously left by long-reigning 155-pound champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, that announced his retired life after his final success last loss.
UFC Head Of State Dana White up until now has actually been unable to persuade Nurmagomedov to go back on his vow to his mom to give up the sporting activity after his daddy’s death, not also for a wildly lucrative rematch with McGregor, that continuously pledged to eliminate on hereafter loss to Poirier.
McGregor has actually not fought frequently in recent times, but his appeal was undiminished: UFC 257 is anticipated to be one of the most popular pay-per-view events in the promo’s background, according to White, and also circulation issues in the U.S. early in the PPV section of the card led followers to bombard social networks and also ESPN with grievances.
Chandler’s long-anticipated UFC arrival deserved the delay for his 27th expert battle in an occupation that started in 2009.
After an intentional start, Chandler (22-5) jabbed to the body as he lunged onward as well as caught Hooker with a left hand to the face that crumpled his challenger. Chandler completed a dazed Hooker with strikes on the ground before climbing up atop the cage and doing a full standing backflip right into the octagon from atop the fence.
And also Chandler was still discharged up in his post-fight meeting, calling the bout “the best minute of my specialist life.”
” Conor McGregor! Surprise, surprise, there’s a brand-new king in the light-weight department,” Chandler included. “Dustin Poirier, your time is coming. And also Khabib, if you ever do please to elegance us with your presence back below in the UFC octagon in your mission for 30 (victories), you know you’ve reached defeat someone, so beat me– if you can!”
Marina Rodriguez opened up the pay-per-view part of UFC 257 by upsetting fellow Brazilian strawweight competitor Amanda Ribas. Rodriguez got a second-round stoppage with a flurry of strikes and also a knee in the opening min.
UFC 257 wrapped up a run of three programs in eight days with a few thousand followers allowed inside the promotion’s coronavirus bubble between East. The promotion hadn’t held programs with followers because before the pandemic started last March.
The UFC returns to Las vega in 2 weeks for another run of programs at the fan-free Peak gym on its business campus.
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