LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor sat and seethed along with his again on the cage, a short lived forged round his left shin and foot. The largest star in combined martial arts was satisfied he had simply been robbed of revenge on Dustin Poirier by a damaged leg.
“I used to be boxing the bleedin’ head off him, kicking the bleedin’ leg off him,” McGregor shouted. “This isn’t over! If we now have to take this outdoors for him, we’ll take it outdoors.”
McGregor’s animosity towards Poirier hasn’t cooled, however this three-fight rivalry ended — for now, not less than — with one other victory for his extra mild-mannered enemy.
Poirier beat McGregor for the second time in six months when McGregor was unable to proceed after the primary spherical at UFC 264 on Saturday night time.
McGregor (22-6) fell to the canvas and by no means obtained up after a punch by Poirier (28-6), who will get the UFC’s subsequent light-weight title shot. McGregor’s leg and ankle buckled when he stepped again from the blow, and Poirier completed the spherical raining blows down on the previous two-division UFC champion.
“Simply the factor had separated, and I bleedin’ landed on the wonky leg like Anderson Silva that one time, one thing much like that,” McGregor mentioned, referring to longtime middleweight champ Silva’s infamously grotesque damaged leg in opposition to Chris Weidman. “It’s a mad enterprise.”
UFC President Dana White mentioned he was advised McGregor broke his shin close to the ankle. McGregor can have surgical procedure on Sunday morning.
Poirier mentioned he thought McGregor’s leg broke when he checked one in all McGregor’s kicks earlier within the battle. McGregor disagreed, saying there was “not one examine.”
“You by no means need to get a win that means, however what occurred was the results of checking a kick,” Poirier mentioned. “I’m greater than positive of it. He obtained what he had coming to him. Karma is a mirror.”
McGregor dropped to 1-3 within the cage since 2016, when he abdicated his UFC title reigns and accepted a wildly profitable boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. McGregor has been unable to recapture his fearsome MMA kind over the previous half-decade — and regardless of his protestations, there was little within the first spherical at UFC 264 to recommend McGregor was again in elite kind.
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Poirier was largely in command of the opening spherical, parrying McGregor’s kicks and touchdown a number of strikes earlier than getting management over McGregor on the bottom. After McGregor obtained up from a protracted stretch of punches and elbows, Poirier knocked him down one final time — and McGregor’s ankle bent gruesomely as he fell.
White confirmed Poirier will get the subsequent shot at new light-weight champ Charles Oliveira. White additionally mentioned he expects a fourth battle between McGregor and Poirier in some unspecified time in the future after McGregor’s leg heals.
T-Cell Enviornment was filled with a sellout UFC crowd for the primary time for the reason that coronavirus pandemic started, and President Dana White mentioned the gate income was round $16.5 million, rating among the many highest in UFC historical past. The superstar crowd included Dave Chappelle, Mel Gibson, Miles Teller, Jared Leto, Steve Aoki, Jackass’ Steve-O, Baker Mayfield and NFL house owners Robert Kraft and Mark Davis.
Donald Trump additionally arrived for the ultimate three fights and obtained a short, loud burst of cheers and boos from the packed enviornment.