Dustin Poirier defeated Conor McGregor on Saturday in Las Vegas.© AFP
U.S. clash Dustin Poirier defeated Conor McGregor on Saturday in Las Vegas when he won the UKO Light Trilogy fight via a TKO when the Irishman appeared to pull out his left leg in the opening round. The fight was officially decided to be a “doctor’s stop” at the end of the first lap, after a bloody McGregor threw a fist and then stumbled backwards, his leg grotesquely swollen beneath him on the edge of the Octagon. Poirier then jumped on a defenseless McGregor, throwing his fists and elbows until it rained until McGregor was saved from the playoffs in the T-Mobile hall.
The game was expected to solidify the score and form a trilogy between former UFC two-time champion McGregor and his longtime Rival Poirier, who now shoots with a dubious title and seems to have established himself as one of the stars of the sport.
There was a lot of bad blood between the two for the third fight. In 2014, McGregor knocked out Poirier in just under two minutes and Poirier returned the lead in January, knocking down McGregor with a second-round KO.
Since the Covid-19 Pandemic, it was the first time a crowd had attended the UFC fight in Nevada. With the U.S. removing restrictions across the country, fans are returning to sporting events.
Among Saturday’s crowd was former U.S. President Donald Trump.
In the first round both fighters exchanged shots and punches for Poirier to get better shots and it didn’t take long for McGregor to start bleeding from his mouth.
Poirier Landed had a nasty left, a few long kicks and then went to the ground for about two minutes. Poirier let McGregor get up and they both threw one punch at a time, but they failed and then McGregor’s leg went into it.
Poirier improved to 28-6, while McGregor, who had only one win in four and a half years, dropped to 22-6.
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