Dustin Poirier settled the score by shocking Conor McGregor via a second-round TKO victory at UFC 257 on Saturday, Jan. 23.
Poirier stunned McGregor with a right hand and pressured McGregor until referee Herb Dean stepped in.
Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor Preview
The first fighter to hold two UFC titles simultaneously is back to headline UFC 257 on Saturday, Jan. 23.
“The Notorious” Conor McGregor is set to enter the octagon for the first time in over a year to rematch the former 155-pound interim champion Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi. The pair will serve as the main event on pay-per-view.
McGregor comes out of retirement once again to meet a familiar foe. McGregor defeated Poirer via first-round TKO at UFC 178 in August 2014.
The 32-year-old most recently finished Donald Cerrone via a 40-second TKO at UFC 246 in January 2020. It came after he suffered a fourth-round submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC UFC 229 in October 2018.
Poirier is fresh off a “Fight of the Year” nomination for his unanimous decision win against Dan Hooker at UFC on ESPN 12 back in June. Poirier won six out of his last eight bouts.
His most recent defeat is a third-round submission loss to Nurmagomedov.
Here’s how their fight went down with a round-by-round breakdown and scoring. For a full list of UFC 257 results, click here.
McGregor in a hurry to get started. Referee Herb Dean stop him, McGregor backs up and the fight is one. Dustin Poirier lands the right hand. Both men trade slightly. Poirier scores an early takedown. McGregor gets to his feet and pins Poirier against the cage, while Poirier lands a shoulder strike and Poirier gives two of his own right back. Poirier reveres the position and presses McGregor against the cage, McGregor lands a knee to the body. Poirier in on a single leg, McGregor landing short shots as he defends. McGregor gets wrist control and puts Poirier against the cage. Both men talking to each other. The fighters break and McGregor lands an elbow as he backs up. Poirier easts a left hand. McGregor piecing Poirier up on the feet here. Poirier takes to jabs from McGregor. Poirier lands a hook and a leg kick. Poirier trying to establish the leg kicks. McGregor with spinning heel kick. Poirier lands a jab. Both men trade to end the round.
MyMMANews scores it 10-9 McGregor
McGregor landing early in the second. The Irishman mixing up his strikes with punches and low kicks. Poirier lands a leg kick. Poirier lands a left hand but McGregor backs his opponent up. McGregor catches a leg kick, lets it go and throws a high kick. McGregor lands a left hand. Both men letting the hands go, picking shots often. McGregor lands a left. Poirier rocks McGrgeor with a left punch. Poirier smells blood and attacks McGregor. McGregor goes down from a right and Poirier swarms. Dean steps in and Poirier avenges the previous loss, earns the second-round TKO.
Official result: Dustin Poirier def. Conor McGregor via TKO at in round 2.
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