Poirier (28-6 MMA, 20-5 UFC) defeated McGregor by TKO as a consequence of physician’s stoppage in the primary occasion Saturday after McGregor suffered a damaged tibia and fibula proper earlier than the tip of the opening body. Referee Herb Dean waved the struggle off on the finish of Spherical 1 when medical doctors noticed McGregor’s leg was damaged. He was taken out of the octagon on a stretcher.
Whereas Poirier isn’t essentially pleased with the best way the struggle ended, he thinks McGregor (22-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) deserves the implications contemplating his harsh threats within the lead-up to the struggle.
“You by no means wish to get a win that means, however what occurred was a results of checking a kick,” Poirier advised MMA Junkie at a post-fight information convention. “I’m greater than positive of it, and he acquired what he had coming to him. Karma’s a mirror, and I busted my ass for thus lengthy to place myself on this place. I doubled down on myself after beating him in January after they provided me a title shot. I doubled down on myself, and it paid off.”
McGregor tried to make issues ugly previous to the competition, even taking photographs at Poirier’s spouse. After the struggle, a pissed off McGregor continued to lob threats Poirier’s means, insulting his wife once again within the course of.
However regardless of McGregor’s questionable alternative of phrases, Poirier insists he needs no ailing will towards the Irish famous person.
“Pay attention, Conor stated some nasty stuff that didn’t make it on ‘(UFC) Embedded,’” Poirier stated. “Perhaps when this behind-the-scenes for this struggle airs, you’ll see him on the bottom nonetheless saying some actual dangerous stuff. However even that stuff being stated, I don’t want critical hurt like that on no one.
“The man’s acquired children. I need him to go residence protected to his household. I pray earlier than these fights. Each time earlier than I stroll by the octagon door, I’m praying that – not for me to win – I’m praying that we each get out of this protected, as a result of I do know what I’m going to attempt to do to him and I do know what he’s going to attempt to do to me.”
He does, nevertheless, suppose the 2 will cross paths again, whether or not it’s inside or outdoors the octagon. McGregor underwent a successful three-hour surgery and is taking a look at a six-week timeline for restoration. However for now, “The Diamond” is eyeing gold – he’s prone to problem UFC light-weight champion Charles Oliveira subsequent.