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Dustin Poirier goes HAM on Conor McGregor in post-fight speech (Video)

After an unexpected conclusion to the trilogy, Dustin Poirier defeats Conor McGregor via TKO victory at UFC

The Diamond Dustin Poirier has successfully completed his trilogy against Conor McGregor with a TKO win at the end of the first round in the main event of UFC at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. McGregor broke his shin and was unable to continue at the end of the first round, ending the fight in the most unexpected of ways.  After the fight, it was clear that Poirier had plenty to say.

Poirier directed Joe Rogan to go and talk to McGregor. &#;Go see what he&#;s saying. Go get him,&#; Poirier said. After Rogan assured him he would check on McGregor later, Poirier started breaking down what he believed happened in the fight-ending sequence.

&#;He fractured it on one of the checks, at the beginning of the fight&#; Poirier said. &#;And it broke on a the punch, for sure. When I pointed at him at the beginning of the fight, that&#;s when I checked a good kick. I bet that&#;s when it cracked.&#;

&#;It was probably cracked. And then just on the twist of the punch it finished [the break], you know,&#; said Poirier.

Dustin Poirier was upset about Conor McGregor&#;s trash talk after all

Poirier went on to talk about his displeasure with McGregor&#;s words leading up to the fight, making the rematch very personal. &#; I can take, you know, the trash talk. Like there&#;s no holds barred with the trash talk, right,&#; said Poirier. &#;But murder is something you don&#;t clown around [about] and you know, there&#;s no coming back from that. And this guy was saying he was gonna murder me in all kinds of stuff. He was telling me he was gonna kill me tomorrow.

I&#;m gonna leave here in a coffin. You don&#;t talk like that to people, man. I hope this guy gets home safe to his beautiful family.&#;

In talking about how the fight played out before the injury, Poirier admitted that McGregor did clip him. &#;Yeah. Oh, he did hit me with a good cross, like the last fight. I didn&#;t see it. And he kind of clipped me. [I was] a little bit buzzed, but my legs were still there.

Takedown was easy. He was putting his fingers in my glove and pulling me down to throw the objects. I was trying to let Herb know that. This guy&#;s a dirtbag, man.&#;

The audience, which was predominately in McGregor&#;s corner, boo&#;d Poirier as he finished his comment. In a move that is out of character for him, he had a message at that moment for the fans. &#;Everybody booing, everybody booing, you can kiss my whole asshole,&#; said Poirier.

Dustin Poirier believes Conor McGregor is tasting a bit of karma

Poirier chose to take the high road in the lead-up to the trilogy fight. And as it was clear that McGregor chose the exact opposite route, Poirier believes that the Notorious may have reaped some of what he has sowed. When asked if the win felt anticlimatic, Poirier shared more than a simple answer.

&#;I mean, dude, you know, karma&#;s not a b***h, she&#;s a mirror,&#; said Poirier. &#;And you know, this guy has pressed and said the wrong s**t and I&#;ve been busting my a**. And then sometimes things happen. Nah, I&#;ll beat the guy.&#;

Still, Poirier didn&#;t end his comments on a negative note.  &#;Everybody go to the goodfightgroup.com,&#; Poirier said. &#;We&#;re raising money. Me, Justin Wren, Manny Pacquiao. We&#;re raising money to build housing in Uganda for the Pigmy people.

And also there&#;s a very special young man, uh, battling cancer from Louisiana, and the audience named Peyton Murphy. It&#;s an honor to have you in the building, man. You were a real inspiration. You&#;re a real fighter. I can stop anytime. You&#;re a real fighter. I love you, brother.&#;

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The World Doesn't Need a 4th Conor McGregor-Dustin Poirier Fight After UFC

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregorJohn Locher/Associated Press

Before their trilogy fight Saturday at UFC , Conor McGregor repeatedly predicted he would "kill" Poirier, and that Poirier would be leaving the cage on a stretcher.

But once the smoke cleared in Las Vegas, it was McGregor who was wheeled from the arena. 

Thanks to a gruesome leg break, Poirier ( 1 NC) received a doctor's stoppage TKO victory over McGregor () after the conclusion of the first round of Saturday's main event. McGregor threw a punch and then fell to the canvas after stepping back onto his left leg. Poirier moved in to land a few strikes, but the round ended a few seconds later. Though there was nothing remarkable about the sequence in real time, the replay clearly showed McGregor's left leg snap under his weight. The doctor waved off the bout, and there's your anticlimax. (It was ultimately determined McGregor had fractured his tibia.)

But there was a bit more drama to be had. The bad blood between these two did not only persist but appeared to get worse, with the two shouting pleasantries at each other as doctors worked on McGregor's leg, Poirier calling McGregor a "dirtbag" in his post-fight interview, and McGregor responding with something about Poirier's wife being in his DMs?

I don't know. It was one of those nights. And it looks like we'll have at least one more of these nights in our future, with a fourth McGregor-Poirier now seemingly a done deal, especially after UFC prez Dana White gave the idea his blessing after the card was over. 

But do we really need it? Not really. If necessary, put this one on the novelty track and give it the same evergreen status as, say, McGregor vs. Nate Diaz () part three. For now, let's move on with our lives. There are better fights to make for both men, at least for the foreseeable future. (And all of this assumes McGregor will return to the cage, which of course we're all hoping he will do, and sooner rather than later.)

I will say this: The McGregor-Poirier beef is real. The two couldn't even agree on how McGregor's injury actually happened. 

Dustin Poirier (left) kicks McGregor
Dustin Poirier (left) kicks McGregorJohn Locher/Associated Press

"He fractured it on one of the checks [of a leg kick] at the beginning of the fight, then it broke on the punch," Poirier told broadcaster Joe Rogan in the cage after the fight. "When I pointed at him at the beginning of the fight, that's when I checked a good kick, and I bet that's when it cracked … then just on the twisting motion of the punch, that's what finished it."

When Rogan knelt down for a few words with McGregor as the doctors stabilized his leg, McGregor, beside himself with pain and frustration, denied Poirier's account before yelling out, "This is not over!"

Poirier likely wouldn't have a problem with that, as he went on in some length about what he viewed as McGregor's over-the-top trash talk and some dirty moves in the cage. 

"There's no holds barred with the trash talk, but murder is something you don't clown around with," Poirier said. "This guy was saying he was gonna murder me and all this stuff, saying he was going to kill me, that I was gonna leave here in a coffin. You don't talk like that to people, man. … He was putting his fingers in my glove to try to pull me down for upkicks. …This guy's a dirtbag." 


In the meantime, hopefully Poirier does indeed get that shot at reigning lightweight champ Charles Oliveira ( 1 NC). Poirier has never captured non-interim gold before despite an oft-stated desire to do so. Yes, another bout with McGregor would be a massive payday, but Poirier has already snagged two of those (their first bout was in , before McGregor's star really took off). 

So while a fourth McGregor bout will be viable essentially indefinitely for Poirier, title fights are a little more ephemeral.

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It's clear McGregor wants another chance, and badly. He and his supporters may want to believe that Saturday's win was fluky, but the truth is legs don't just break. Poirier had to do something to precipitate it. Regardless, Poirier had the edge after one action-packed round. According to official UFC stats, Poirier landed 36 significant strikes to McGregor's He also deftly escaped a serious McGregor guillotine choke attempt while hitting on one of two takedown shots and outslugging McGregor in a prolonged ground-and-pound sequence, landing some big elbows from the top.

Assuming Poirier faces Oliveira next, where does that leave McGregor? First and foremost, he'll have a lengthy rehab period. No telling how long it will be. But instead of handing him Poirier on a silver platter upon his return, how about making him earn it?

This is now a guy who's in MMA over the past five years. You could pencil him in for contenders like Justin Gaethje () or Beneil Dariush ()—both very interesting matchups—or you could move him even farther down for a winnable action fight with, say, Dan Hooker (). If it's McGregor, it will sell. That's not the issue. The issue is what McGregor has earned in the cage of late. Although the leg break was unfortunate, business is business, and the truth is McGregor hasn't consistently delivered in years.

Joe Rogan (left) interviews McGregor
Joe Rogan (left) interviews McGregorJeff Bottari/Getty Images

There's no reason for McGregor to rush back. He'll be fine. And there's no reason to rush another bout with Poirier in particular.

In a nutshell: This really isn't something the world needs to see unless McGregor demonstrates otherwise. It probably will happen, because ultimately both men want to settle this score and it would make everyone money. In the meantime, McGregor will have to stew in the sting of a clear and embarrassing defeat.

"Karma's not a bh," Poirier told Rogan after the fight. "She's a mirror."

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Dustin Poirier wins trilogy rematch by TKO after Conor McGregor injures leg in Round 1; Dana White anticipates a 4th fight

Jul 11,
  • Marc RaimondiESPN Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Dustin Poirier now owns two victories over the biggest star in the history of mixed martial arts. This one, though, didn't end in the cleanest way.

Poirier hit Conor McGregor with a combination at the end of the first round of Saturday night's highly anticipated UFC main event. McGregor went to plant his left foot and his leg buckled, sending him to the mat. Poirier followed up with punches on the ground as time expired in the round.

With McGregor clearly hurt, referee Herb Dean called the lightweight bout. The official result was Poirier by TKO (doctor's stoppage) at of the first round. A stretcher was brought in to transport McGregor to the hospital. The video replay showed McGregor's lower leg bent gruesomely as his foot hit the canvas.

UFC president Dana White later said the injury was to McGregor's lower tibia and that he will have surgery Sunday morning.

The finish left the sold-out crowd disappointed. There was a mixture of boos and cheers when Poirier was announced as the winner. This was one of the most anticipated trilogy fights in UFC history.

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"I beat the guy," Poirier said in his postfight interview.

Poirier explained that he hurt McGregor's ankle on a checked kick and then the ankle buckled at the end of the first round. McGregor denied that it was a checked kick that did it. Poirier picked up his 15th career first-round finish.

"This is not over," McGregor said.

White said Poirier will fight for the UFC lightweight title next against champion Charles Oliveira and that when McGregor is healthy he will probably get a fourth fight against Poirier.

"When Conor is healed and ready to go, we'll do the rematch, I guess," White said. "Poirier will do his thing until Conor is ready."

Oliveira told ESPN's Mike Coppinger he expects the fight with Poirier to possibly be in December.

"It's really sad what happened [to McGregor], but if you look at Poirier's game, he's been improving a lot, he's been putting a lot of pressure, so he deserves the win," Oliveira said of Saturday night's result.

White said he believes that had McGregor not been injured, he would have gotten out of the first round.

"His ankle snapped from throwing punches. He was fighting back," White said. "It wasn't like he was up against the cage with Dustin unloading punches on him. If his ankle doesn't break, I think we get to the end of the round."

Poirier, for his part, said he and McGregor "are going to fight again, whether it's in the Octagon or on the sidewalk. He was saying that he was going to kill me. You don't say stuff like that."

Poirier said he wasn't sure he felt a sense of closure following the trilogy.

"I need to digest it all, because right now, it kind of feels weird," he said. "It's not a good feeling."

Poirier stopped McGregor at UFC in January via second-round TKO. In , at UFC , McGregor knocked out Poirier in less than two minutes.

McGregor came out throwing more kicks Saturday night than he did in their second fight six months ago. His lack of kicks was a criticism in that bout. They looked effective early, landing to Poirier's body and legs. But Poirier hurt McGregor with a punching combination and big left hand. McGregor initiated a clinch and then jumped a guillotine choke attempt, taking the bout to the mat.

Poirier landed hard ground-and-pound from the top position, but McGregor countered with sharp elbows from the bottom. Poirier landed more punches from the top as McGregor attempted to land up kicks. Poirier gave McGregor a chance to get up and then sent him back to the canvas with a combination, combined with that unnatural twisting of McGregor's leg.

Poirier (, 1 NC) has won three straight and has just one loss since , a defeat in a lightweight title fight against undefeated all-time great Khabib Nurmagomedov. Poirier is (1 NC) since moving up to lightweight from featherweight in The Louisiana native, who fights out of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida, is the former UFC interim lightweight champion. ESPN has Poirier, 32, ranked No. 2 in the world at lightweight.

McGregor () was the first UFC fighter to hold two titles in two divisions at the same time, after beating Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title in while already holding the featherweight belt. McGregor, 32, has just one win and has only fought four times since that Alvarez bout, not including his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.

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UFC 264: Conor McGregor Octagon Interview

UFC It was Dustin Poirier's night, but don't expect Conor McGregor to fade away

Conor McGregor was sitting and leaning against the cage, chest heaving. His face was bruised, blood streaming from his left ear. He was a beaten man.

"Doctor's stoppage! Doctor's stoppage!" he yelled toward the center of the cage, trying to make a face-saving insistence that the cageside doctor had ended the main event of UFC , not Dustin Poirier. And while it's true that referee Herb Dean had waved off the bout at the end of Round 1 because McGregor suffered an injury to his left leg in the final moments before the horn, this would be one time when the starry Irishman would not control the narrative. He had taken a beating. There was no denying that.

McGregor had seen some success early on in his third fight against Poirier, in front of a delirious T-Mobile Arena crowd on Saturday night in Las Vegas. McGregor landed several lower-leg kicks -- the very technique that Poirier had used to soften him up for a January knockout -- and McGregor even connected with one hard left hand. But most of that came in the first minute. As the round wore on, the fight tilted toward Poirier in a big way.

He cracked McGregor with a succession of punches at the center of the cage -- turning McGregor's trademark forward-moving aggression into cautious retreat -- then took the fight to the canvas. After McGregor tried a guillotine choke that never quite got locked in, Poirier seized top position and pummeled his opponent with punches and elbows as the fans roared.

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McGregor did get the fight back to standing, but not for long. As he and Poirier both unleashed big punches that just missed, McGregor stepped into his follow-through and his lower left leg buckled, suffering what the UFC later reported was a broken tibia. McGregor fell back against the fence, and Poirier pounced with more punishment. As more and more shots landed flush, Dean stood by, watching closely. The horn sounded before the ref could jump in.

But it was over anyway. Yes, to McGregor's point, it was a doctor's stoppage.

Moments later, with McGregor still seated on the canvas and medical personnel attending to him, Poirier had his hand raised as the TKO winner. He then turned toward his fallen foe and smiled. Poirier went into a mockingly exaggerated rendition of McGregor's trademark billionaire strut.

"Karma's not a b," Poirier said. "It's a mirror."

Poirier finally was purging himself of his pent-up disgust for McGregor's vile fight-week antics, which included several instances of him saying he was going to commit murder on Saturday night.

"There's no holds barred with the trash talk, right?" Poirier said. "But murder is something you don't clown around [with]. There's no coming back from that. And this guy was saying he was going to murder me and all kinds of stuff. He was saying he was going to kill me, I was going to leave here in a coffin. You don't talk to people like that, man.

"I hope this guy gets home safe to his beautiful family."

Those would be the only kind words Poirier would have for McGregor on this night. It is out of character for the mild-mannered Poirier to gloat, but gloat he did. He had earned that right.

Under the brightest of spotlights in the gambling capital of the world, Poirier had placed a massive bet on himself and hit the jackpot. Despite being the consensus top lightweight in mixed martial arts in the wake of last fall's retirement of the indomitable Khabib Nurmagomedov, Poirier had opted not to immediately go for the vacant UFC championship. First, he would go for the money by completing his trilogy with McGregor, whom he had knocked out in January.

The gamble paid off, because he vanquished his disrespectful rival and sewed up the championship opportunity he had risked squandering. The UFC did not immediately announce when it will book Poirier vs. Charles Oliveira, who captured the belt in May and was in attendance on Saturday, but the title fight is expected to happen by the end of the year. Poirier's path forward is a golden road.

McGregor's road is not so certain. After his second knockout loss to Poirier in less than six months, the Irish fighter is since the glorious night in when he sat atop the Octagon at Madison Square Garden with two belts draped over his shoulders as the first UFC champion to reign in two weight classes simultaneously. Over the years between then and this weekend, McGregor's bankroll had grown sizably but so had the uncertainty surrounding him. The questions only intensified on Saturday.

Will McGregor ever again be the elite fighter he showed himself to be during his magnificent climb to the top? He did have his moments in this year's two fights against Poirier, but have these deflating losses reduced McGregor to just a nostalgic box-office and pay-per-view attraction, still sizzling but with the steak all chewed up?

McGregor knew he had to make adjustments after January's loss to Poirier. And one big change became evident days before this fight even started: The cordial McGregor from his past two fights had been replaced by the brash, old McGregor -- except, not really. In trying to reanimate the old Conor during fight week, the current Conor sounded inauthentic. He was an off-key McGregor tribute band swinging through town with the carnival.

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Since when had the loquacious McGregor been spouting clichés -- like, saying he had lost in January because he looked past Poirier? Claiming that he was in MMA because he counts only the knockouts was a weak attempt to distract from his deficiencies in aspects of the game that make it mixed martial arts. He came off as delusional and desperate. The man who once was the bard of the fight game appeared to be out of ideas.

As the bout grew closer, McGregor tried dusting off his old bag of dirty tricks, trampling the boundaries of propriety by threatening Poirier's life. And true to his troubling history of taking the lowest of low roads in fight promotion, McGregor couldn't help but go misogynistic by dragging Poirier's wife, Jolie, into his crass, cringey trash talk.

At Thursday night's news conference, Poirier sat stoically and mostly serenely, although he was the one who got in the two best zingers. First, he interrupted a question about McGregor's return to antagonism by attributing the change to the fact that "he got knocked the f out." Then Poirier delivered a meme-worthy renaming of McGregor's training app, quipping, "Not McGregor Fast -- McGregor sleep." Both of Poirier's one-liners reminded the fans -- and especially McGregor -- of how decisively and violently the last meeting had ended. More important than the wisecracks, though, was Poirier's demeanor: He seemed unwavering in his confidence, unaffected by the head games.

McGregor, who had built his career on verbal warfare, learned this week what should have been obvious: It's hard to psych out someone who just a few months ago knocked you out. So McGregor was left to rely on just his abilities as a mixed martial artist. Saturday's fight was a test to determine whether that would be enough. We got our answer.

This was an unprecedented challenge for the audacious McGregor. On the most glorious nights of McGregor's career, his mighty left fist had always played co-star to another game-changing weapon: his trash-talking mouth. He had defeated most of his opponents before the Octagon lights even went on. But throughout this past week, Poirier seemed impervious to McGregor's words. The No. 1 lightweight in ESPN's rankings wasn't going to beat himself.

That showed in the fight and even the moments right before. Poirier was poised as McGregor attempted to get at him as soon as the year-old pride of Lafayette, Louisiana, entered the cage. And when the fight started with McGregor the aggressor, as he usually is, Poirier remained calm and waited for his opportunity to take over, which he did barely a minute and a half in. Most of the second half of the round -- of the fight -- consisted of Poirier dropping bombs down on McGregor from top position on the canvas.

It was a beatdown, and it was only going to get worse for McGregor if not for the injury.

Of course, McGregor didn't see it that way.

"I was boxing the bleeding head off of him," McGregor proclaimed, as if an arena full of onlookers and millions watching at home had not seen what really had just unfolded.

McGregor typically is gracious in defeat. Not this time.

"This is not over!" he said, still seated against the cage, a brace immobilizing his left leg. "If I have to take this outside with him, it's on outside."

Poirier actually has other plans, though, with a title fight up next.

As for McGregor's future, despite a second straight devastating defeat, this is not necessarily a goodbye to him as a top player in the UFC. When a man headlines four of the six highest-grossing live gates in the company's history, the opportunities for big fights will keep on coming. He got beat up on Saturday, but the defeat came against the consensus top lightweight on the planet. Once McGregor's leg heals, one victory could put him right back in the title picture, and UFC president Dana White was quick to allude to a potential fourth fight between McGregor and Poirier immediately after Saturday's bout.

Heck, if the Oliveira-Poirier purse negotiations go south -- not unprecedented for UFC title fights, especially recently -- the UFC might even try to book Poirier-McGregor 4 next, instead, depending on McGregor's recovery window. Should Poirier balk at that, it wouldn't be a shocker for the carnival barker in White to try to justify booking Oliveira vs. McGregor.

But let's hope not. Instead of that, and instead of McGregor dwelling on his sour grapes revisionist history of this trilogy-deciding loss to Poirier, it sure seems like high time for McGregor to complete another trilogy by settling the score with Nate Diaz.

Whatever is next for McGregor, we can be sure that he will come out with antagonistic words and lots of posturing, all aimed at getting an opponent off his game and fueling a McGregor rise back to where "The Notorious" believes he belongs. Brace yourself, UFC money-weight division. Brace yourself, fans of civil behavior and decorum. This is not a man who'll trudge off quietly into the night.

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Dustin Poirier walked out with his hand raised in his latest encounter with Conor McGregor, but he definitely felt the effects of the fight after.

During an appearance on American Top Team’s Punchin’ In podcast, Poirier went into detail on how the kicking exchanges between himself and McGregor at UFC last month took a toll on both of them. In fact, for the first time ever, Poirier says he experienced knee soreness following a fight week due to the unorthodox nature in which he had to counter McGregor’s kicks.

“I’ve been checked by a lot of heavy kickers, but never before have I left fight week and been sore on my actual bone, like my knee was sore,” Poirier said. “Not my thigh or calf, my knee was sore.”

According to Poirier, he wasn’t able to check McGregor’s low kicks in a traditional way, which resulted in his opponent’s kicks striking Poirier’s knee instead of his shin. At some point in the fight, McGregor suffered an injury to his left leg (it’s unclear whether it occurred off of one of the checked kicks, or when McGregor’s leg struck Poirier’s elbow, or at some other point in the contest) and he could not stand by the end of Round 1. In between the first and second round, it was determined that McGregor’s leg was broken and he could not continue.

Poirier believes that McGregor’s kicks landing on his knee could have contributed to the eventual fight-ending injury.

“I just know from getting kicked and kicking so many times over the years that when a kick lands bad I just know it kind of hurts both of us even though it’s hitting my knee, it hurts the other guy a lot more. Just from sparring rounds I just know. There was one kick I turned my knee out a little bit. I didn’t have my weight like a traditional check and I knew that was a bad one for him. I knew that one hurt bad.

“I think it was on top of his foot, but you never know if that could have caused torque on his shin bone and cracked it. I don’t know, he was throwing hard kicks, and a lot of them were hitting my knee. I didn’t get to traditionally check the kicks, but I did turn my knee out and it was bone-on-bone and it was worse for him.”

Though his trilogy bout with McGregor marked the first time that he’d experienced lingering soreness in his knee, Poirier said it was actually Justin Gaethje who gave him the worst leg injury of his career when they fought.

“Gaethje,” Poirier said when asked which of his opponents had the hardest kicks. “He partially tore my quad. In the fight, him not caring about position, throwing kicks as hard as he can just to land them, not worrying about repercussions. No setups.”

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Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier -UFC 242

UFC McGregor humbled by Poirier in one to cap trilogy as Trump looks on

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 on Saturday night.

The fight was stopped after the first-round bell when McGregor () was unable to continue. The biggest star in mixed martial arts never got up after falling to the canvas following a final-minute blow by Poirier (), who will get the UFC’s next lightweight title shot.

Poirier said he thought McGregor’s leg broke when he checked one of McGregor’s kicks earlier in the fight.

“I felt something, for sure,” Poirier said. “He fractured it on one of the kicks at the beginning of the fight, and then he broke it.”

Poirier was largely in control of the opening round, parrying McGregor’s kicks and landing several strikes before getting control over McGregor on the ground. After a long stretch of punches and elbows on the prone McGregor, Poirier knocked him down one last time and McGregor’s ankle bent gruesomely as he fell.

McGregor was furious about the circumstances of his loss before he was carried from the cage.

“This is not over!” he shouted.

UFC president Dana White said he was told McGregor broke his shin near the ankle. McGregor will have surgery on Sunday morning.

White confirmed Poirier will get the next shot at new lightweight champ Charles Oliveira. He also said he expects a fourth fight between McGregor and Poirier at some point after McGregor‘s leg heals.

“The fight didn’t get finished,” White said. “You can’t have a fight finish that way. We’ll see how this whole thing plays out. Who knows how long Conor is out? Poirier will do his thing until Conor is ready.”

McGregor dropped to in the cage since , when he abdicated his UFC title reigns and accepted a wildly lucrative boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. McGregor has been unable to recapture his fearsome MMA form, losing decisively to Khabib Nurmagomedov and twice to Poirier while beating only an over-the-hill Donald Cerrone.

Poirier stopped McGregor in the second round when they met in Abu Dhabi last January, avenging his first-round knockout loss to McGregor in Poirier’s clear superiority in the fighters’ second bout made a third showdown seem questionable just six months later, but McGregor demanded the chance to fix his mistakes and Poirier accepted the massive paycheck that comes from sharing a cage with McGregor.

Instead of taking an easier fight or another boxing match, McGregor wanted another shot at Poirier after getting stopped by strikes for the first time in his MMA career. He claimed he had been distracted by his plans to box Manny Pacquiao this year, and he vowed to devote his full attention to MMA in training camp.

McGregor’s star power has shown no significant decline despite the dwindling evidence of his once-transcendent skills. The Vegas crowd was vocally behind McGregor, who strutted into the octagon with his usual flair.

But the steady, hardworking Poirier has earned the chance to recapture the lightweight title he held on an interim basis in before his loss to Nurmagomedov. That was the only defeat in nearly five years for Poirier, who has mostly maintained a decade of upward momentum in the UFC.

Poirier likely would have been the next opponent for Oliveira in the wake of Nurmagomedov’s retirement, but Poirier risked that opportunity by taking this lucrative rematch with McGregor. The decision revealed Poirier’s confidence in his ability to handle McGregor again, and the fighter known as “The Diamond” shone.

McGregor was charming and friendly to Poirier throughout the promotion of their second bout earlier this year, but that collegiality was gone for the third fight. McGregor returned to his verbose, mean-spirited promotional persona, repeatedly insulting Poirier’s wife and vowing to kill the man who beat him six months earlier.

T-Mobile Arena was packed with a sellout crowd for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, and White said the gate revenue was around $m, ranking among the highest in UFC history. The celebrity crowd included Dave Chappelle, Mel Gibson, Miles Teller, Jared Leto, Steve Aoki, Jackass’ Steve-O, Baker Mayfield and NFL owners Robert Kraft and Mark Davis.

Former US president Donald Trump also arrived for the final three fights and got 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 event, with the Brazilian bouncing back from his knockout loss to welterweight champ Kamaru Usman in February.

Earlier on the pay-per-view card, Australian heavyweight Tai Tuivasa celebrated his violent first-round knockout of former NFL player Greg Hardy by climbing onto the octagon fence and doing a shoey - drinking booze from a shoe in proper Aussie celebratory style. Hardy, who lost his NFL career in after being convicted of domestic violence, has lost two straight fights after a start to his MMA career.

Welterweights Michel Pereira and Niko Price put on the best show on the early undercard, and Pereira highlighted his narrow decision victory with a remarkable standing backflip and a scramble into full mount on a prone Price.

Sours: https://www.theguardian.com/sport//jul/11/conor-mcgregor-ankle-dustin-poirier-donald-trump

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