In the main event of UFC 264, we saw the conclusion of the trilogy between Conor McGregorÂ (22-5) andÂ Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC). The two men were looking to settle once and for all who is the better fighter.
The two first met atÂ UFCÂ 178 with McGregor scoring the TKO victory in the first round. That fight took place at featherweight during McGregorâ€™s run to the top of the combat sports world. The win over Poirier proved just how talented Conor McGregor was.
Of course, McGregor went on to become a two-divisionÂ UFC champion and the biggest star the sport has ever seen. With all the money and the fame, many have questioned the dedication of McGregor.
Back in January at UFCÂ 257, Dustin Poirier evened the score with Conor McGregor. After getting touched up by some good shots in the first round, Poirier swarmed McGregor in the second with a barrage against the fence.
Dustin Poirier has been the best lightweight in theÂ UFC over the past few years not named Khabib Nurmagomedov. Poirier has beaten all the top guys and was looking to earn a shot against Charles Oliveira tonight with a win over McGregor.
UFC 264 Recap
The UFC 264 main event started with immediate pressure from McGregor. McGregor with spinning body kicks early. Big leg kick from Conor McGregor. Poirier circling on the outside and another leg kick lands for McGregor.
Another leg kick for McGregor lands. Poirier counters with his own and throws a big combination. McGregor plots forward as both settle in. Another big leg kick from McGregor. 1-2 from McGregor and Poirier blitzes with a huge combination.
McGregor forces the clinch and Poirier pushes him against the fence. A deep guillotine is in for McGregor, but Poirier fights through it and ends up on top. Poirier pops his head out and starts throwing bombs from the top.
Huge elbow lands for Dustin Poirier. Poirier moving right through the defense of McGregor here against the fence. However, McGregor lands massive elbows from the bottom. Poirier starts throwing bombs from the top and hurts McGregor.
McGregor is getting beaten up here on the ground. Poirier postures up and stands. McGregor lands a massive upkick and Poirier settles into the guard. Huge elbows from Poirier. They stand up and McGregor breaks his ankle. The fight ends with a McGregor injury.
Dustin Poirier def. Conor McGregor by TKO (Ankle Injury) – Round 1