McGregor sprints from his facet and beings capturing left palms one after one other. Poirier instances him nicely and lands a flush counter proper. Poirier sprints in and will get an early takedown. McGregor instantly backs himself into the cage and will get himself again upright inside half a minute. A pleasant shoulder strike by Poirier lands they usually’re wrapped up in shut quarters alongside the cage. One other good shoulder strike by Poirier, adopted by a pointy knee to the physique by McGregor. Then one other. Then one other. They’ve been clinched for a few minute now, exchanging shoulder strikes, and now McGregor has reversed their place so it’s Poirier up in opposition to the cage. McGregor lands an elbow excessive and now they’re out of the clinch and again within the heart of the octagon. McGregor then lands and proper hand from distance. McGregor is pressuring Poirier whereas Poirier tries to carry him off with calf kicks. You’ve bought to attain it to McGregor, however an encouraging exhibiting for Poirier.
The Guardian’s unofficial rating: McGregor 10-9 Poirier (McGregor 10-9 Poirier)
It’s most important occasion time on the Etihad Enviornment. McGregor is first out of the tunnel, strolling out to his acquainted Infamous BIG medley. Subsequent it’s the determined-looking Poirier, who enters the sector to James Brown’s The Boss.
One struggle that didn’t occur as scheduled tonight was the showdown between the unbeaten light-weight Ottman Azaitar and the American Matt Frevola.
That’s as a result of Azaitar was launched by the promotion on Friday after his camp violated Covid-19 protocols by bringing an unauthorized visitor into the Struggle Island bubble.
“He and his crew reduce their wristbands off and bought them to individuals on the skin, one man,” UFC president Dana White advised MMAJunkie.
“This man bought contained in the bubble, went in by means of a room, shimmied down 4 balconies, went by means of his (Azaitar’s) balcony, and dropped off a bag of we don’t know what.
“Then he modified his garments and went again outdoors of the bubble. We bought all the things on digicam, we noticed the entire thing, the way it all went down, pulled his struggle and reduce him.”
Frevola as a substitute fought Arman Tsarukyan after the Armenian’s unique opponent Nasrat Haqparast pulled out as a result of sickness, shedding a three-round unanimous determination.
Michael Chandler has made his UFC debut a smashing one, scoring a dramatic first-round technical knockout of Dan Hooker and punctuating it with a backflip off the highest of the octagon.
The time of the official stoppage by referee Mark Goddard was 2:30 of the primary spherical.
Afterward, Chandler reduce an animated promo in calling out McGregor, Poirier and retired light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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We’ve bought yet another struggle earlier than the primary occasion between McGregor and Poirier: a three-round light-weight bout between title-contending lightweights Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler, who’s making his UFC debut after a decade within the rival Bellator promotion. These fighters are making their ringwalks now.
Scotland’s Joanne Calderwood has received a unanimous determination over Jessica Eye of the US of their three-round girls’s flyweight scrap. The scores have been 30-27 (twice) and 28-29.
“I like making it arduous for myself,” she says. “It’s the Scottish means.”
Calderwood’s sixth win within the UFC might set the stage for a flyweight title shot in opposition to Valentina Shevchenko.
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Preamble and schedule
Conor McGregor returns to motion after a 12-month absence to tackle Dustin Poirier in the primary occasion of tonight’s UFC 257 at Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Enviornment.
McGregor and Poirier first met in a 2014 featherweight bout with the Irishman scoring a knockout win in lower than two minutes.
We’re midway by means of tonight’s pay-per-view undercard. Right here’s what’s occurred and right here’s what’s coming.
- Ladies’s Strawweight: Marina Rodriguez def Amanda Ribas by second-round TKO (elbow and punches)
- Middleweight: Makhmud Muradov def Andrew Sanchez by third-round TKO (knee and punches)
- Ladies’s Flyweight: Jessica Eye v Joanne Calderwood
- Light-weight: Dan Hooker v Michael Chandler
- Light-weight: Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor