The latest bout marked their third meeting, with McGregor having knocked out Poirier in the first round when they fought at featherweight in 2014, before the American exacted his revenge this January by handing the Irishman the first KO loss of his career. That lightweight contest in Abu Dhabi ended in the second round, with many pundits predicting another early finish as the pair go head-to-head in a sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
There was in fact an early finish, but not an expected one. The trilogy came to a close after McGregor lost to Poirier via doctor stoppage, with the Irishman unable to continue after sustaining an ankle injury at the end of the first round.
McGregor has just one win in the last four-and-a-half years – a 40-second demolition of Donald Cerrone in January 2020 – while Poirier now has eight victories and one defeat in that same period of time. The ‘Diamond’ has established himself as the No 1 lightweight contender in the UFC, and – having previously held interim gold – could have fought for the vacant undisputed title at 155lbs this spring. Instead, Poirier opted for a money fight with McGregor.
Follow all the highlights and fallout from UFC 264 below.
Conor McGregor to undergo surgery today, says Dana White
Conor McGregor is set to undergo surgery today on a suspected broken leg, according to UFC president Dana White.
The Irishman suffered the gruesome injury at the end of the first round of his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier, as he stepped back before collapsing to the ground.
“Lower tibia. The shin, I guess,” White said. “I don’t know how the f*ck they figured that out that quick.”
“It’s all about timing, what’s going on, what’s happens since then. Conor goes into surgery tomorrow [Sunday]. We don’t know long how he’s going to be out. How much his rehab and therapy he’s going to need.”
The Irishman suffered a broken leg in his trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier in Las Vegas
Jake Paul mocks Conor McGregor after defeat to Dustin Poirier
Less than a year ago, Jake Paul offered Conor McGregor $50 million to fight him in the boxing ring.
Now, after McGregor was defeated by Dustin Poirier at UFC 264, the YouTube celebrity and professional fighter has adjusted his terms, in a derisory message to the former UFC champion.
“My new offer for Conor McGregor is $23,” Jake Paul said after the fight.
His older brother, Logan Paul, added: “Damn. Crazy to see a star with such a meteoric rise literally plummet into the ground just a few years later. It’s sad tbh. RIP Conor McGregor’s career.”
The YouTube star turned boxer took great pleasure in the Irishman’s bad luck in defeat at UFC 264
Floyd Mayweather wins huge bet after Conor McGregor’s defeat
Floyd Mayweather placed a bet of $50,000 on Dustin Poirier defeating his old foe Conor McGregor in their trilogy fight at UFC 264.
And after McGregor’s serious leg injury left Poirier as the victor, Mayweather was the second biggest winner on the night after collecting around $35,000.
The former world boxing champion thanked the American, tweeting: “Dustin Poirier, thanks for getting me paid!” Poirier responded, saying: “I got you champ!”
The American boxer gambled a lofty sum of money against his former opponent, who he knocked out in 2017
Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier scorecards revealed
The fight may have ended earlier than expected, but there was a clear winner based on the first round of Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier’s clash in the main event of UFC 264 on Saturday night.
That’s because the official scorecards revealed that Poirier was ahead in the eyes of all three judges in Las Vegas.
Sal D’Amato sided with Poirier 10-9, while Derek Cleary and Junichiro Kamijo both went further with 10-8 rounds to Poirier.
The American picked up the win after The Notorious suffered a fight-ending leg injury towards the end of the first round
Conor McGregor ‘finished’ in the UFC, says Bisping
Conor McGregor’s career is “finished” following his defeat to Dustin Poirier and after suffering a suspected broken leg on Saturday night, according to former UFC fighter and pundit Michael Bisping.
“He was also finished in three of those last four fights,” Bisping said on ESPN. “He had an amazing career and was a two weight division champion. It was something that was never done before. But what we’re seeing right now, that is nothing in any shape or form that resembles the Conor we saw in 2014.
“That guy that took over the sport, he’s gone. He’s dead. Like it or not, he was finished tonight. [Poirier] checked a leg kick, Conor’s leg fractured and, besides that, he was getting dominated for the entire round. He was take down, he didn’t have very good defence on the floor. He ate a lot of elbows.
“Listen, the man has done a lot of amazing things in the sport, but his time in the sun is over.”
Manny Pacquiao reacts to Conor McGregor’s defeat to Dustin Poirier
Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has backed Conor McGregor to make a return to combat sports after appearing to break his leg in his defeat to Dustin Poirier on Saturday night.
McGregor and Pacquiao have long been tipped to meet in the ring, in a a similar exhibition fight to the Irishman’s bout against Floyd Mayweather in 2017, and has previously revealed that he has trained to fight Pacquiao even though a meeting has never officially been announced.
In the build up to his trilogy fight against Poirier, McGregor said of his preparations ahead of his last fight against the American in January: ““I pitied the man, [Poirier]. I was looking past him. I had a Manny Pacquiao camp in place.”
Conor McGregor breaks silence on Instagram after Dustin Poirier defeat
Conor McGregor posted an apparent message to the UFC on Instagram following his defeat to Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 264 on Saturday night.
The Irishman suffered a suspected broken leg during the fight and is expected to undergo surgery today.
In a post published on Sunday morning, McGregor uploaded a picture of him being stretchered out of the octagon following the fight, along with the message: “You need people like me.”
Dustin Poirier identifies where Conor McGregor suffered leg injury
Dustin Poirier has now tasted victory against Conor McGregor for the second time this year, but not in the way he would have liked after the Irishman broke his leg during their UFC 264 main event clash.
The American was leading on the judges scorecards when the injury occurred near the end of the first round.
“He fractured it on one of the checks, at the beginning of the fight. And it broke on the punch [at the end of the round] for sure, yeah,” Poirier said post-fight.
“When I pointed at him, at the start of the fight, after I checked a good kick. I bet that’s when it cracked. I felt something.”
“It was probably cracked and then the twist of the punch finished it.”
Conor McGregor vows “this is not over” after Dustin Poirier defeat
Conor McGregor gave an emotional post-fight interview moments after suffering a serious leg injury and losing his trilogy fight to Dustin Poirier in Las Vegas.
While up against the fence inside the octagon, McGregor vowed “this is not over” as he spoke to Joe Rogan. “I was boxing the ears off him, kicking the legs off him, usual s**** he dived to close the distance,” he said.
“This is not over! If I have to take this outside with him it’s on outside I don’t give a b*******.”
When asked to explain what happened to cause the injury, the former two-weight champion added: “Just, the thing had separated and I bleedin’ landed on the wonky leg, like Anderson Silva that time. Something similar to that. It’s a f***ing mad old business. F*** sake!
Unfinished business for Dustin Poirier after Conor McGregor victory
Dustin Poirier welcomed the idea of a fourth fight against Conor McGregor, after the Irishman insulted the American’s wife following their UFC 264 main event in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
“We are going to fight again whether it’s in the octagon or on the sidewalk,” Poirier said. “You don’t say the stuff he said. … My wife is solid as a rock. I’m not worried about that. That’s noise.”
McGregor took aim at Poirier and his wife after the fight, continuing the bitter battle of words between the fighters seen throughout the build-up.
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