Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier defeated Conor McGregor via first-round TKO to complete their trilogy on Saturday night at UFC 264 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The trilogy might be complete but the rivalry is far from over due to the anti-climatic finish of the bout when suffered a nasty ankle injury in the first round. McGregor came out aggressive at the start of the round with a kick heavy offense that included spinning back kicks and several leg kicks, one of which Poirier checked and acknowledged by pointing down at McGregor’s leg. Poirier responded with his own leg kicks and a flurry of punches that forced McGregor to clinch up. McGregor locked in a guillotine choke but Poirier escaped the attempt and proceeded to dominate McGregor on the ground where he cut the Irishman with big elbows and punches. Back on their feet, the pair exchanged shots and McGregor stepped back awkwardly and fell to the canvas in pain where Poirier followed him with some furious ground and pound in the final seconds of the round. The referee Herb Dean and cage-side doctors immediately checked on McGregor who was visibly in pain and called a stop to the fight.
Former interim UFC Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier improved his fight record to 28-6 with 1 No Contest. The American Top Team representative will now take on UFC Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira in the near future.
Former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor (26-6) has lost two fights in a row for the first time in his career and has only won one of his last four fights in the Octagon.
UFC 264: Dustin Poirier Post-fight Press Conference
UFC 264 Main Card Results
Lightweight: Dustin Poirier def. Conor McGregor via TKO (doctor stoppage) in Round 1 at 5:00
Welterweight: Gilbert Burns def. Stephen Thompson via Unanimous Decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)
Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa def. Greg Hardy via KO (punches) in Round 1 at 1:07
Catchweight (139.5 lb): Irene Aldana def. Yana Kunitskaya via TKO (punches) in Round 1 at 4:35
Bantamweight: Sean O’Malley def. Kris Moutinho TKO (punches) in Round 3 at 4:33
UFC 264 Preliminary Card Results
Welterweight: Max Griffin def. Carlos Condit via Unanimous Decision (29–28, 29–28, 30–27)
Welterweight: Michel Pereira def. Niko Price via Unanimous Decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)
Featherweight: Ilia Topuria def. Ryan Hall via KO (punches) in Round 1 at 4:47
Middleweight: Dricus du Plessis def. Trevin Giles via KO (punches) in Round 2 at 1:41
UFC 264 Early Preliminary Card Results
Women’s Flyweight: Jennifer Maia def. Jessica Eye via Unanimous Decision (29–28, 29–28, 30–27)
Middleweight: Brad Tavares def. Omari Akhmedov via Split Decision (28–29, 29–28, 29–28)
Flyweight: Zhalgas Zhumagulov def. Jerome Rivera via Submission (guillotine choke) in Round 1 at 2:02
UFC 264 Bonuses
The following fighters received $75,000 bonuses
Fight of the Night: Sean O’Malley vs. Kris Moutinho
Performance of the Night: Tai Tuivasa and Dricus du Plessis
UFC 264: Dana White Post-fight Reaction