The American stopped McGregor in the second round of the main event in Abu Dhabi, finishing ‘Notorious’ with a flurry of strikes against the cage after badly damaging his old rival’s lead leg with calf kicks.
The result saw Poirier exact revenge on McGregor six-and-a-half years after being knocked out by his fellow southpaw in the first round of their featherweight clash at UFC 178.
“I remember sitting on the stool between the first and second round, thinking: ‘Every second off the clock is going to be worse for this guy.’” Poirier told the Morning Kombat YouTube channel.
“I just felt in the moment and I knew I was landing.
“[That’s why I was] pointing – I had his timing.
“[I was thinking]: ‘You’re trying to take me out, but I’m not in here for a one-punch type of night, I’m in here to win.’”
McGregor has expressed his desire to complete the trilogy against Poirier, who is in line for a lightweight title shot following his victory over the Irishman.
Poirier was expected to face either Charles Oliveira or Michael Chandler for the championship that is set to be vacated by the retired Khabib Nurmagomedov, but told ESPN this week that he would “sit back and watch” Oliveira take on Chandler for the belt if need be, after conveying his belief that Chandler should not yet be involved in the title picture.
American Chandler, a former three-time Bellator lightweight champion, enjoyed an impressive UFC debut in the co-main event of UFC 257, knocking out Dan Hooker in the first round.
Chandler told ESPN on Monday that he had been offered a short-notice, three-round fight at UFC 258 on 13 February, following the postponement of the card’s co-main event between Chris Weidman and Uriah Hall after Weidman tested positive for coronavirus.
But the proposed bout fell through, according to Chandler, as his unnamed opponent turned it down. It is believed that Oliveira was the opponent in question, and that the Brazilian refused to accept the fight without the lightweight strap being on the line.
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