The legendary match of Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier- UFC 264
McGregor had opened the round well and looked pumped as he always does, with a pair of sidekicks, looking to play Poirier’s cards back on him. McGregor attacked Poirier’s legs throughout the round but didn’t get much success in getting him. The match seemed to tilt against Conor McGregor when Poirier took him to the ground and attacked him from the top with his elbow. It was soon after that when McGregor rolled his ankle and suffered a fatal injury, ending his dreams of getting back at Dustin Poirier.
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It wasn’t the expected result of a fight that everyone was waiting for with such anticipation. The fans did not want to see McGregor go down like that in the early stages. The frustration was clearly visible in Conor McGregor’s face and language as he seemed furious that he had to give up not because he was less powerful, but because of a technicality.
“This is not over.”, said McGregor in a post-match interview. He said that he was ready to fight Poirier outside if he had to and was in no way going to let him get away with the upper hand. It was indicated by many including McGregor himself that there will now be a fourth match to the McGregor v Poirier Saga, as soon as Conor McGregor recovers from his ankle surgery..
Dustin Poirier on the other hand said that it was his dream to rise up the MMA world and become the undisputed world champion. “Defeating this guy (Conor McGregor) twice and climbing my way back to the title fight, what an accomplishment.”, he said in his post-match interview.
When asked why he chose the third fight against McGregor over an upcoming match for the lightweight title, he replied by saying that he was a family man with responsibilities and a prizefighter, thus he went for the match with the highest reputation and the prize money, which he secured.
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“Fighting for the belt, I wouldn’t have got pay-per-view event, I would have got only the base salary which would be a third of the base salary for this fight. It doesn’t make sense.”, said Poirier who had wagered in his chance at the championship and the entire legacy he had created in the past 7 years. However, the outcome was what he would have dreamed of, a win that has now double-folded his reputation.
Conor McGregor, now 32, had become the first fighter to hold UFC titles in multiple divisions simultaneously when he defeated Alvarez back in 2016. Since then, he has courted controversy and a series of legal conundrums lost to Floyd Mayweather in a highly sought-after boxing match and won only one of three UFC fights in the last five years.
Dustin Poirier on the other hand has only steadily climbed the ranks after facing that first defeat against McGregor back in 2014. And now having defeated him twice in 6 months, Poirier has proven that he has a lot to offer to the MMA world and has set his eyes on the very best of results and glory in the coming days.
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