American brawler Dustin Poirier overpowered Conor McGregor on Saturday in Las Vegas, successful their light-weight UFC trilogy combat by a TKO after the Irishman appeared to snap his left leg within the waning moments of the opening spherical.
The combat was formally dominated as a “doctor’s stoppage” on the finish of the primary spherical after a bloodied McGregor swung and missed a punch then stumbled backward, his decrease leg grotesquely buckling beneath him close to the sting of the octagon.
Poirier then pounced on a helpless McGregor, raining down a sequence of punches and elbows till McGregor was saved by the bell in entrance of the capability crowd on the T-Mobile Arena.
“This guy was saying he was going to murder me and kill me. I am going to leave here in a coffin,” mentioned Poirier.
“Murder is something you don’t clown around with. You don’t talk to people like that. I hope this guy gets home safe to his beautiful family.”
Promoters mentioned afterward that McGregor’s damage was to his decrease tibia and that he was anticipated to endure surgical procedure on Sunday to restore the injury.
The scheduled five-round rubber match was anticipated to settle the rating and full the trilogy between the previous two-weight UFC champ McGregor and his longtime rival Poirier, who now seems to be set to get a shot at an undisputed title and set up himself as one of many sport’s superstars.
There was loads of unhealthy blood between the 2 within the lead as much as their third combat. McGregor insulted Poirier’s spouse in a tweet and informed Poirier he was going to depart the ring within the field.
Instead, McGregor needed to be carted out on a stretcher after medical doctors stabilized his leg.
“He fractured it on one of the checks at the beginning, then broke it with the punch,” Poirier mentioned. “I felt something. He was kicking me hard. It was probably cracked then on the twist and punch [it broke].”
Poirier mentioned his payback was karma. “This guy is a dirtbag,” Poirier mentioned. “Sometimes these things happen.”
In an expletive-laden interview contained in the octagon as he waited for the stretcher to take him out, McGregor insisted he was successful the combat when the freak accident occurred.
“I was boxing his bleeding head off. Kicking his bleeding leg off. This is not over,” mentioned McGregor, who has had only one win in 4 and a half years.
In 2014, McGregor knocked out Poirier in beneath two minutes and Poirier returned the favour in January, demolishing McGregor with a second-round KO.
It was the primary time a capability crowd has attended a UFC combat in Nevada because the Covid-19 pandemic. With the United States lifting restrictions throughout the nation, followers are returning to sporting occasions.
Saturday’s crowd included former US President Donald Trump, who was booed by a big contingent of the MMA crowd, whereas others chanted “U-S-A.”
The first spherical began with each fighters exchanging kicks and blows, with Poirier getting the higher pictures in, and it didn’t take lengthy for McGregor to start out bleeding from the mouth.
Poirier landed a vicious left hand, a number of extra lengthy kicks after which they went to the bottom for about two minutes of grappling. Poirier let McGregor stand up they usually each threw a punch on the similar time however missed, and that’s when McGregor’s leg buckled.
“When I was walking away and he stayed down, I looked down at his shin and I saw the bone. It was disfigured a little bit. I said, ‘Oh man.’” Poirier mentioned.
Promoter Dana White mentioned he hoped there was a fourth Poirier-McGregor combat.
“You can’t have a fight finish that way,” White mentioned.
Poirier had his personal tackle one other combat.
“We are going to fight again whether it’s in the octagon or the sidewalk,” Poirier mentioned.