Conor McGregor was sensationally knocked out by Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.
The previous two-weight world champion was blasted away by Poirier of their rematch on Struggle Island on his return to UFC after greater than a yr away.
Poirier claimed his revenge from their 2014 battle at UFC 178 by attacking McGregor’s lead proper leg, earlier than trapping the Irishman on the cage and unloading a barrage of punches.
McGregor hit the canvas quickly after as referee Herb Dean jumped in to name a halt to proceedings.
Poirier knew he had McGregor in bother when a brief proper uppercut dropped the previous two-weight world champion as blood trickled from his nostril – earlier than the American moved in to complete the battle.
It’s the first time McGregor has ever suffered a TKO/KO defeat in his profession and certain places an finish to speak of a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor failed to satisfy his 60-second knockout prediction, as a substitute discovering himself on his bottom as Poirier shot in for a takedown.
Together with his again on the cage, he was pressured to cope with ‘The Diamond’ from grinding him on the facet – maybe hoping to deplete his power tank.
The primary spherical was scrappy till the final 90 seconds, with McGregor narrowly lacking out on an enormous left hand.
Poirier then landed an enormous proper hand of his personal – pointing to McGregor as he did so – earlier than struggling a barrage of punches.
Each males appeared fatigued on the finish of the spherical, with Poirier’s work on the fence seemingly tiring him out as a lot because it did to McGregor.
‘The Diamond’ loved success within the putting exchanges and appeared to take confidence from it as he opened up with a sequence of low leg kicks to McGregor’s proper leg.
It was these leg kicks which did the injury, with an immobilised McGregor again on the cage and unable to maneuver out of the way in which from a flurry of mixture punches.
Poirier damage his opponent together with his quick, sharp hooks after which dropped a devastating proper uppercut on McGregor’s nostril to finish the battle.
Together with his eyes reeling at the back of his head, the Irishman was saved by referee Dean as he jumped in and referred to as it off.
Talking after the bout, McGregor admitted his lack of time within the octagon maybe was accountable, however was gracious sufficient to not take something away from his victorious opponent.
“You understand, it’s laborious to beat inactivity over lengthy intervals of time,” he stated. “That’s simply it.
“The leg kicks have been good, the calf kick was superb, the leg was useless after which I simply wasn’t as comfy as I wanted to be.
“It’s the inactivity and that’s, however Dustin is a few fighter. For those who put within the time in right here, you will get cosy in right here and that’s it.
“I’ll need to mud it off and are available again and that’s what I’ll do.”
UFC light-weight champion Khabib continues to be technically retired, though he admitted he might return if he noticed one thing ‘spectacular’.
Regardless of predicting a second spherical win for McGregor, the 29-Zero fighter can have been as stunned as anybody to observe Poirier go away the Irishman on his again.
Though the probabilities of a McGregor rematch might now be performed for good, UFC debutant Michael Chandler provided to face the Russian subsequent after knocking out Dan Hooker within the co-main occasion.
The American then proceeded to supply Khabib a battle upon his return – though the probabilities of him combating Poirier for the vacant belt simply went by means of the roof.