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Conor McGregor suffers nasty leg injury; Poirier wins

The UFC 264 principal occasion between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor resulted in wild vogue – however maybe in a means not many anticipated.

After a high-action, high-output first spherical, Poirier (28-6 MMA, 20-5 UFC) defeated McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) when the Irishman suffered a nasty leg damage within the ultimate seconds of Spherical 1. The combat was waved off, on the recommendation of the cage-side doctor, in between rounds 1 and a pair of.

The light-weight bout was the UFC 264 principal occasion at T-Cell Area in Las Vegas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.

The primary spherical started and McGregor got here out flying with kicks. Poirier answered with kicks of his personal. The 2 slugged it out earlier than Poirier obtained McGregor towards the cage. McGregor pulled for a guillotine choke, which was unsuccessful.

As soon as the combat hit the canvas, Poirier rained down ground-and-pound whereas McGregor threw upkicks in an try to trigger harm whereas maintaining Poirier from touchdown strikes.

With about 15 seconds left within the spherical after the combat returned to the toes, McGregor rolled his ankle after each males threw punches on the identical time. His leg bent underneath him backward at a grotesque angle and he by no means obtained up off the canvas via the official announcement.

The win for Poirier tilts the lifetime sequence in his favor. The 2 fighters first confronted off at UFC 178 in September 2014. The featherweight combat ended 1:46 into Spherical 1 when McGregor flattened Poirier with a sequence of punches.

Seven years later, McGregor and Poirier squared off once more – this time at light-weight. The combat was the primary occasion of UFC 257 in January 2021. After a aggressive first spherical, Poirier battered the leg of McGregor. The harm rendered McGregor hobbled and Poirier completed him with a barrage of punches at 2:32 of Spherical 2.

Previous to UFC 264, promotion president Dana White declared the winner would be the No. 1 contender at 155 kilos. With that, Poirier punches his ticket to face UFC light-weight champion Charles Oliveira for the title.

Getting into his second undisputed UFC title combat, Poirier rides a three-fight profitable streak with a victory over Dan Hooker and two over McGregor. “The Diamond” unsuccessfully challenged for the UFC title in September 2019 when he was submitted by then-champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

As for McGregor, the loss is his third in 4 fights. Since his UFC featherweight title win towards Jose Aldo, the Irishman has gone 3-4 within the UFC.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 264 outcomes embody:

UFC 264 results: Conor McGregor suffers nasty leg injury; Dustin Poirier wins via doctor stoppage

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