LAS VEGAS — Dustin Poirier now owns two victories over the biggest star in the history of mixed martial arts. This one, though, didn’t end in the cleanest way.
Poirier hit Conor McGregor with a combination at the end of the first round of Saturday night’s highly anticipated main event at UFC 264. McGregor went to plant his left foot — and his leg buckled, sending him to the mat. Poirier followed up with punches on the ground as time expired.
With McGregor’s leg clearly hurt, referee Herb Dean called the bout. The official result was Poirier by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 of the first round. A stretcher was brought in to transport McGregor to the hospital.
The finish left the sold-out crowd disappointed. There was a mixture of boos and cheers when Poirier’s name was announced as winner.
“Everybody booing, you can kiss my whole a–h—-,” Poirier said in his postfight interview. “I beat the guy.”
Poirier explained that he hurt McGregor’s ankle on a checked kick and then the ankle buckled at the end of the first round. McGregor denied that it was a checked kick that did it.
“This is not over,” McGregor said afterward.
This was one of the most anticipated trilogy fights in UFC history. On top of the bad blood, UFC president Dana White said the winner would fight for the UFC lightweight title next against champion Charles Oliveira. .
Dustin Poirier wins trilogy rematch by TKO after Conor McGregor injures leg in Round 1
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