Dustin Poirier defeated Conor McGregor on Saturday night at UFC 257 via second-round TKO.
Back in 2014, McGregor and Poirier squared off for the first time. In that bout, the former made quick work of the latter – defeating him by way of a first-round TKO.
In 2021, the roles reversed.
McGregor came out of the gate hot, pressuring Poirier much in the same way he did seven years ago. This time around, however, Poirier was ready. As McGregor tried to crowd him, Poirier took his opponent to the canvas and held him there for a portion of the first round.
When the pair got back to their feet, Poirier peppered McGregor with kicks – laying the groundwork for what would prove to be the key to his victory.
In the second round, McGregor once again came out hot, but Poirier responded with numerous calf kicks. Eventually, they began to make a difference. With McGregor’s movement limited, Poirier pounced – ultimately securing a finish at 2 minutes, 32 seconds in the second round.
Connor McGregor’s next fight going to be Jake Paul after that.
— (@dribblecity) January 24, 2021
— logan crawley (@logancrawley) January 24, 2021
— U. (@ThisIsStillDan) January 24, 2021
After the match, both men handled the final result extremely well.
The rematch was built on mutual respect, it carried it’s way through fight week and it was on full display after the bout. Dustin Poirier & Conor McGregor handled themselves like true pros. You don’t always see that, but tonight you love to see it. #UFC257pic.twitter.com/sUXIByrYy0
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) January 24, 2021
“You don’t get away with being inactive in this business. … I’m gutted.”
— ESPN (@espn) January 24, 2021
Poirier came into this one fresh off a unanimous decision win over Dan Hooker in June. McGregor, meanwhile, was fighting for the first time since January 2020, when he knocked out Donald Cerrone in the first round.
Over the past year, McGregor has made a lot more headlines for things like fancy sex watches and disturbing allegations than his fighting skills. It’s hard to remain at a championship level as a fighter when your focus isn’t 100 percent on the sport.
The Bucks owner’s daughter decided to bring 2021 in with a bang by stripping all her clothes off. https://t.co/UgzhEEna4o
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 7, 2021
What’s next for McGregor and Poirier from here? Time will tell.