“The Diamond” sparkled at UFC Combat Island towards the most important title in fight sports activities.
Dustin Poirier weathered the early storm from Conor McGregor’s punches to safe a TKO at 2:32 of the second spherical within the UFC 257 pay-per-view headliner, avenging a 2014 loss to the Irishman on Sunday at Etihad Enviornment in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
“I’m comfortable, man, however I’m not shocked,” Poirier stated within the octagon following the victory. “I put within the work.”
The win for Poirier (27-6, 20 finishes) comes at a time of uncertainty for the UFC light-weight division. Unbeaten champion Khabib Nurmagomedov ostensibly retired after his newest title protection in October. His victory over McGregor (22-5, 20 finishes) positions him for a possible title combat towards both Nurmagomedov or, extra possible, a special opponent to crown a brand new champion.
“I felt like this was a title combat,” Poirier stated, declaring himself the champion.
To begin the bout, Poirier felt the stinging energy of McGregor’s sniper rifle of a left hand early. After the pair exchanged heavy clinch strikes towards the fence, the southpaw McGregor stung Poirier together with his jab and sure gained the spherical.
Within the second, McGregor got here out robust once more, however his lead proper leg was reddened by the kicks of Poirier.
“That low calf kick was superb,” McGregor stated within the cage after the combat. “My leg was lifeless.”
Halfway by way of the second spherical, Poirier caught as much as McGregor with a flurry of punches on the cage, lastly placing down the previous two-division champion with a heavy proper hook to the face that pressured the referee to name a halt to the bout.