Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier: Dana White gives update
Conor McGregor was knocked out by Dustin Poirier at UFC 257. And the American has described himself as an ‘assassin’ in the aftermath of the fight. He reigned supreme in just two rounds, ensuring redemption in the process.
Poirier went into the fight look to avenge his 2014 defeat to the same opponent.
And he did just that, landing a flurry of punches in the second round to floor McGregor and ensure victory.
The KO was the first in McGregor’s storied career and came after the Irishman had been in the ascendancy during the first round.
McGregor landed hard shots with his right hand but he couldn’t finish the fight, and Poirier capitalised with a number of blows giving him victory.
And, in the aftermath of the fight in Abu Dhabi that took place at 8am local time, the American described himself as an ‘assassin’.
“This win is right up there. This is a big one,” he said.
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“But I want to put my hand on the undisputed title when it’s all said and done.
“Tonight is one of the best I’ve ever felt. I was emotionless, I was an assassin, and I was here to execute. It feels good.”
“A rematch with Conor interests me. I’ve always wanted to [fight] Nate Diaz. That interests me.
“I’m sure something will make sense but right now I don’t know.”
McGregor, in contrast, described himself as ‘heartbroken’.
“It’s heartbreaking, it’s hard to take. The highest highs and the lowest lows in this game,” he said.
“My leg is completely dead, and even though I felt like I was checking them [Poirier’s leg kicks] it was just sinking into the muscle at the front of my leg.”
“Dustin fought a hell of a fight. I thought I was better than him in the clinch, but too little too late.”
“My leg was compromised and I didn’t adjust and that’s it, fair play to Dustin.”
“I’m very happen for him and very happy I got to come back and compete in my 11th UFC main event.”
“I don’t know where I’m at the minute to be honest.”
McGregor did, however, vow to bounce back.
“His leg kicks were good, my leg was dead and I wasn’t as comfortable as I needed to be,” she said.
“I have to dust it off and come back and that’s what I’ll do.
“I’m gutted, it’s a tough one to swallow, I just want to go back to the hotel and chill with my kids and regroup.”
His words were backed by UFC welterweight fighter Danny Roberts, who was commentating for BBC Radio 5 Live.
“He’s not an old dog, he’s definitely ready to keep going,” he said.
“Going around doing other things is not what Conor needs. He’s young, fit and still ready to go.”
“He’ll 100% be back.”
MMA journalist Nick Peet expressed a belief in the aftermath of the fight that Pirier is now the best fighter in the UFC division.
“Poirier has got to be the number one in the division, he’s got TKO wins over Justin Gaethje and Conor McGregor – he will be more hungry than anybody to run that fight back with Khabib,” he said.
“He had to go away after the defeat by Khabib last time and he realised there’s a whole new level to this sport.
“He’s in the right mind frame, he’s the number one in the division and I’m so excited for what comes for him next.”
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