The fight ended in the second round with a technical knockout.
American MMA fighter Dustin Poirier defeated Irish Conor McGregor in the main event at UFC 257 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
On the eve of the fight, 32-year-old McGregor, in his usual manner, promised to deal with an opponent in 60 seconds. However, the fight did not start at all as Conor had planned. At the end of the first minute of the fight, he was pinned to the net.
In the stand, McGregor was much stronger than Poirier. The victory of the Irishman was, as many thought, a matter of time. Conor dominated the second round as well, but after missing a couple of punches, he swam. Poirier knocked the opponent down and carried out the finishing move.
“Conor took this result with dignity, a great professional, a lot of respect for him. It was a great fight, but we are fighting for something more. I will return home and work on my foundation. I can box very skillfully, but I have a weak place – I sometimes lose my head. I knew that Conor’s timing is the best, but I did it. If Khabib doesn’t return, then me and Conor are now the best in lightweight. This is a title fight, “Poirier said after the victory
“I was inactive for a long time, inaction is hard to overcome, that’s all. The kicks were good, this kick to the calf area is very good, the leg was dead. I was not as comfortable as I would like, but Dustin is a great fighter,” – after defeat McGregor said.
McGregor and Poirier already met in 2014. Then Conor knocked out Dustin in the second minute of the first round.
According to the sources of The Independent, McGregor’s fee will be at least $ 5 million, Poirier – $ 1 million. Both fighters will also receive a percentage of the sale of paid broadcasts.
The head of the UFC Dana White announced before the fight that the winner would be considered a contender for the lightweight championship belt, which is owned by Khabib Nurmagomedov. According to White, the Russian may decide to resume his career if something “special” happens in the McGregor versus Poirier or Hooker versus Chandler fights. The UFC president also mentioned Brazilian Charles Oliveira as a possible rival for Khabib. Nurmagomedov, commenting on White’s words, said that he “does not feel hunger or motivation” to return.
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