Again Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier clashed in the UFC, in the closing of a trilogy that began many years ago and had its last chapter this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena from Las Vegas. The Irish fighter suffered a painful defeat again: he lost by TKO in the first round, ending very beaten and with a serious foot injury.
In front of a capacity of 20,000 viewers, where there were even celebrities like the former American president Donald Trump, fought two fighters very different from those who were measured for the first time in 2014 but very similar to those who starred in a fight last January.
After a long previous undercard, which culminated in the match where the number two in the welterweight ranking, Gilbert Burns, was imposed by unanimous decision to four, Stephen Thompson, it was time for the protagonists of the event to appear from the changing rooms.
Mcgregor, who came out with a Irish flag on shoulders and with a face of absolute concentration, he received a great ovation from the public on his walk through the cage.
Then appeared Dustin Poirier very calmly, singing a song and waving his arms to warm himself before climbing into the octagon. The tension between both was immediately felt and they had to be pushed away to avoid a brawl before the fight.
In the first round, after the first exchanges, the Irish fighter went to the clinch to try a gillotine but his leg work did not turn out as expected. He ended up on the floor being punished by Dustin Poirier who was calm and managed to land several punches.
The fight ended right after that round initial because Conor McGregor fractured his ankle while trying to dodge his opponent’s blows when he stood up in the final seconds.
Currently, the American Dustin Poirier, from 32 years, is the number one in the lightweight ranking and has embarked on this challenge for the money it represents to face Mcgregor whom he defeated by KO in the second round with a forceful definition on January 23, 2021. That triumph left his personal record in 27 victorias, with 13 knockouts and 7 submissions. Also, he was defeated 6 times and his last fall was against Khabib in 2019.
For his part, the Irish fighter of the same age, has increasingly hit his prestige as a former double champion of the UFC and comes to this match as the least favorite in the betting, something natural after the last result but mainly because records only one win in the last four years.
Although no one can deny the dangerousness of a Conor McGregor, even Dustin Porier knows. “He can hit hard, with a lot of his tools, but it’s all about positioning. My body was in good position when he connected,” explained Dustin Poirier, talking about his strategy to repel attacks the last time they crossed paths.
MCGREGOR VS. POIRIER 3
Lightweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor mcgregor
Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa vs. Greg hardy
Peso wélter: Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson
Women’s Bantamweight: Irene Aldana vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Gallo Peso: Sean O’Malley Vs. Kris Moutinho
Peso wélter: Carlos Condit vs. Max Griffin
Welter weight: Niko Price vs. Michel Pereira
Peso wélter: Sean Brady vs. Kevin Lee
Middleweight: Trevin Giles vs. Dricus Du Plessis
Pen weight: Ryan Hall vs. Ilia Topuria
Female flyweight: Jennifer Maia vs. Jessica Eye
Medium weight: Omari Akhmedov vs. Brad Tavares
Flyweight: Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Jerome rivera
Middleweight: Hu Yaozong vs. Alen Amedovski
Main Card Start Times:
22:00 local time
23:00 Argentina and Uruguay
22:00: Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia and Venezuela
21:00 Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico City
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book “Because He’s Jeff Goldblum,” a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.