Dustin Poirier, The American fighter stunned the world of mixed martial arts by beating up the Irish superstar Conor McGregor before knocking him out at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.
After the referee stepped in after 2min 32sec of the 2nd round to save McGregor from further damage after he was dropped by a fierce combination of punches of Poirier said that “I’m happy but I’m not surprised. I put in the work,”
Dustin Poirier was ranked 2nd in the flyweight division going into the fight, but still rated a heavy underdog by bookmakers to beat his 4th-ranked opponent, arguably the most famous fighter the sport has seen.
The controversial Conor McGregor, known as “Notorious”, was returning to the octagon for the first time in a year and hoping for a repeat of the pair’s first contest in 2014 which he won by TKO after just 109 seconds, But Dustin Poirier, who now has a UFC record of 27-6, used low calf kicks in an effort to put McGregor (22-5) off his usual ferocious stand-up game and it worked.
Poirier said while hinting at the prospect of a trilogy fight that “First off I want to say Conor took this result professionally. We’re 1-1 and maybe we’re going to have to do it again,”
Poirier further said that “I’m happy with the place I am in. I’m happy with the face I see in the mirror, adding that “The goal was to be technical and to pick my shots, not brawl at all. I had him hurt and I went a little crazy.”
Conor McGregor who likes to call himself “Mystic Mac” and had spent the week leading into the fight predicting he would end it inside 60 seconds, But it was a different Dustin Poirier to the one who had looked overmatched when the pair previously met at UFC 178 at the lighter featherweight.
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