Former UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor revenge campaign against top contender Dustin Poirier at ended with a nasty leg injury that led to a Doctor’s stoppage at UFC 264, live on Pay-Per-View from T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Both fighters started the first round with back and forth exchanges, McGregor was making a lot of progress on his feet, landing some flying kicks and combinations. So Poirier went for the takedown opening himself for rear naked choke from McGregor. That was successful as Poirier wrestled himself out and almost scored a ground and pound.
Both fighters found a way back to their feets and continued their exchanges till the final minutes of the fight, when McGregor lost his footing and his leg (Around the ankle) total bent in an awkward manner and he fell to the canvas and couldn’t make it back to his feet.
The fight was stopped by the Physician but this also gives Poirier the edge in a rivalry that started seven years ago at UFC 178. The two first squared off at the above mentioned event, when McGregor finished off Poirier in just 1:45 of the first round with punches.
Their second meeting was at UFC 257 seven years later, when Poirier was able to score a perfect revenge in the second round after a competitive first round. However, the victory only left the two with a victory each in their two meetings, which paved the way for their meeting at this event (UFC 264) on Saturday night.
The UFC President Dana White had earlier in the build up to the event announced that the winner of the fight be the next No.1 contender for the UFC Lightweight title held by reigning champ Charles Oliviera.
Poirier will be entering his second title fight in the UFC. He had his first back in 2019, when he got submitted by the then reigning Khabib Nurmagomedov. Heading into a Matchup against Charles Oliviera, Poirier will be going in on a three fight winning streak which includes victories over Dan Hooker and Conor McGregor (twice at UFC 257 and 264).
McGregor has been winless in the Octagon since winning the UFC Featherweight Title against Jose Aldo and his record is now 3-4 in the UFC.
UFC 264 Card Video Highlights
Video – Dustin Poirier def. Conor McGregor via TKO – Round 1, 5:00 (doctor stoppage)
Recap & Video Highlights – Gilbert Burns def. Stephen Thompson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tai Tuivasa def. Greg Hardy via knockout – Round 1, 1:07
Irene Aldana def. Yana Kunitskaya via TKO – Round 1, 4:35 -(punches)
Video Highlights Sean O’Malley def. Kris Moutinho via TKO – Round 3, 4:33 – (punches)
Max Griffin def. Carlos Condit via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Michel Pereira def. Niko Price via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Ilia Topuria def. Ryan Hall via knockout – Round 1, 4:47 – (punches)
Dricus Du Plessis def. Trevin Giles via knockout – Round 2, 1:41 — (punches)
Jennifer Maia def. Jessica Eye via (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) — unanimous decision
Brad Tavares def. Omari Akhmedov (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) via split decision
Zhalgas Zhumagulov def. Jerome Rivera via – Round 1, 2:02 — submission (guillotine choke)