ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Dustin Pourier prevented Connor McGregor in the second round with a punishing midway haul on Sunday, avenging his defeat to the Irish superstar with a knockout win over UAE 257.
Poore (26-7) caught McGregor with several shots to the head before bending his knees with two left hands. Poirier then sent McGregor onto the canvas with a short right hand and finished the second at 2:32, creating a buzz of excitement among the few thousand screaming fans inside the Etihad Arena on YES Island.
“I think it’s a title fight,” Poirier said of his light boxing. “I am the champion.”
In his first fight in a year, McGregor (22-5) played a strong first round in his mixed martial arts career for the first time before being stopped by punches. McGregor, whose last four losses came after accumulating all, later remained on the canvas for several moments, amassing himself after his second loss in his three MMA fights since 2016.
“You know, long periods of inactivity are hard to overcome,” said McGregor, who hasn’t struggled since beating Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds last January. “I wasn’t just as comfortable as I should have been, but Dustin is some fighter. If you put in the time, you’re getting comfortable here. I’ll have to overcome it and come back, and that’s what I’ll do.” .. I’ll take my cock, but I’m in pain. “
McGregor and Poirier first met as a wing in September 2014, and McGregor won by knockout in just 106 seconds during his incredible early career success. McGregor became featherweight champion 15 months later, while Poirier rebuilt his career with just one defeat in his next 11 games.
Poorer did not miss, giving McGregor a second chance to derail, raising his hopes of winning the lightweight title.
“We’re 1, so maybe we’ll have to do it again,” Poirier said.
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Sporting a shaved head and beard, McGregor quickly escalated the action against Poyer, landing on an early takedown before being backed against the cage for a first-round stretch. But Poyer upset and McGregor during the entire fight with a leg kick and threw punches.
McGregor hasn’t battled regularly in recent years, but his popularity was low: UFC 257 is expected to be one of the most popular pay-per-view events in the history of promotion in the US, according to White, and in the US Delivery problems begin soon. The PPV portion of the card prompted fans to bomb social media and ESPN with complaints.
The UFC returns in two weeks for another run at the fan-free Apex Gym at its corporate campus in Las Vegas.