UFC 257 – Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 2 LIVE REACTION: Notorious leg injury latest after round 2 K.O – updates
25th January 2021

DUSTIN POIRIER stunned Conor McGregor with a devastating second round knockout victory at UFC 257.

Underdog Poirier let fly with a brutal punching combo to drop Notorious as he avenged his defeat in their first match six years ago to leave Fight Island in shock.

Follow ALL of the latest updates and reaction from Abu Dhabi below…

  • Chisanga Malata

    UNCROWNED KING

    Dustin Poirier has declared himself the uncrowned UFC lightweight champion.

    And with Khabib Nurmagomedov out of the picture, who can argue with him.

    There's not a better active 155lb fighter on the planet than The Diamond.

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    A post shared by Dustin Poirier (@dustinpoirier)

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING FIGHT FANS

    Conor McGregor has claimed that he did not mess around with his backroom team before his defeat to Dustin Poirier.

    Khabib Nurmagomedov remarked that the Irishman had been sparring with ‘little kids’ ahead of the bout.

    McGregor hit back: “My team has been the team since day one. I’ve not changed any team.

    “It is what it is, respect the athlete – and that’s the character of the man behind the mask.

    “Whatever. What does he want to do? Does he want to come back or not?”

    Meanwhile, Khabib has opened the door to his next career…

    In an Instagram post, he wrote: “Preparing for my football debut.

    “I’m free agent, and ready to accept offers.”

    And Charles Oliveira has put himself forward to face Poirier after downing Tony Ferguson last month.

    The Brazilian wrote online: “I hope to see you soon, @DustinPoirier . Once again congrats for last night's performance.

    “Hard work pays off, and you delivered. Let's do it.”

  • sstreet

    LOU-K AT THAT

    They make them tough in Louisiana!

    Dustin Poirier picked up a few bruises but was a comfortable winner over Conor McGregor.

  • sstreet

    NUR WRONG

    Conor McGregor has hit back after Khabib Nurmagomedov claimed ‘sparring with little kids’ led to his shock defeat to Dustin Poirier.

    The Notorious’ much-hyped return after a year of inactivity did not go to plan as he was knocked out in the second round of UFC 257’s main event clash on Fight Island.

    The Irishman said: “My team has been the team since day one. I’ve not changed any team.

    “It is what it is, respect the athlete – and that’s the character of the man behind the mask.

    “Whatever. What does he want to do? Does he want to come back or not?”

  • sstreet

    KHAB'S ALL FOLKS

    In addition to Dana White's comments, Khabib Nurmagomedov himself dropped a big hint that he will not come out of retirement.

    He posted a tribute to UFC boss White on Instagram, commenting: "You can like him or hate, but you have to Respect him.

    "This guy build this sport @ufc

    "Thank you for everything @danawhite. I have so much respect for you."

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    A post shared by Khabib Nurmagomedov (@khabib_nurmagomedov)

  • sstreet

    ROCKET KHAB

    Khabib Nurmagomedov has told Dana White that he will not come out of retirement… because the competition is so bad.

    The Russian had promised to reconsider retirement until he'd seen UFC 257, but after seeing McGregor KOd by Poirier – a fighter he outclassed – White says he has decided to stay retired.

    The UFC boss commented: “He said to me, ‘Dana, be honest with yourself. I’m on so many levels above these guys, I beat these guys’.

    “I don’t know what… but it doesn’t sound very positive.

    “And what he said was I told you guys before, he won’t hold the division up. He already retired.

    “He’s basically retired and I’m that one that’s been trying to get him to do one more.”

    And if Khabib were to air that view in public, he might sound a little like snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan…

  • sstreet

    MAC WILL BE BACK

    Conor McGregor said ‘don’t write me off just yet’ as he suggested a grappling approach next time against Dustin Poirier could earn him a victory.

    The Dubliner, 32, was outwitted by Poirier’s calf kick-heavy tactics that immobilised him before being rocked and finished in the second round.

    He said: “I don’t know, man, I don’t know – you know, don’t just write me off yet.”

    He added: “I’ll adopt a different approach for the trilogy with Dustin because those leg kicks are not to be messed with.”

  • Marc Mayo

    PRINCE CHARLES

    Charles Oliveira fancies Dustin Poirier for his next fight after the American downed Conor McGregor.

    The Brazilian beat Tony Ferguson last month to rack up his eighth-straight win.

  • sstreet

    PUNCH DRUNK

    Conor McGregor was brutally knocked out by Dustin Poirier and the stats showed the fight was just as one-sided as the second round KO suggested.

    Poirier landed 18 kicks – compared to McGregor's two attempts.

    And he was completely outfought in the stand-up game, landing 29 significant strikes compared to Poirier’s 48.

    His 43 per cent significant strike rate was notably inferior to The Diamond's 52 per cent.

    McGregor also failed to make the most of his two inch reach advantage, connecting 27 significant strikes at the distance compared to Poirier's 46.

  • sstreet

    'RACISM STILL EXIST'

    Floyd Mayweather has accused the media of being racist after, in his view, showering Conor McGregor with praise for his lifestyle while criticising him.

    The Money Man wrote on Instagram: "I seen this post and my take on it is that the world knows Con Artist McLoser can steal everything from me and be loved but I’m hated.

    "That just lets you all know that racism still exist."

    And he added: "Connor cannot even win in his own sport, but talking about coming back to boxing to fight Pacquiao.

    "Nobody wants to see that, it's like my leftovers eating leftovers."

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    A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather)

  • sstreet

    FREE KHAB

    Khabib Nurmagomedov seems to have dashed any hopes of a rematch with Conor McGregor after jokingly declaring himself ready to begin his football career.

    Posting a video of himself out running, he wrote: "Preparing for my football debut ⚽️

    "I’m free agent, and ready to accept offers."

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    A post shared by Khabib Nurmagomedov (@khabib_nurmagomedov)

  • Marc Mayo

    NATE A SECOND

    Nate Diaz has delivered his summary of Conor McGregor's defeat to Dustin Poirier.

    As the first man to ever beat the Notorious, he suggested it could be time to move on to a new superstar of UFC.

  • Marc Mayo

    NUR WRONG

    Conor McGregor has hit back after Khabib Nurmagomedov claimed 'sparring with little kids' led to his shock defeat to Dustin Poirier.

    The Notorious' much-hyped return after a year of inactivity did not go to plan as he was knocked out in the second round of UFC 257's main event clash on Fight Island.

    The Irishman said: "My team has been the team since day one. I've not changed any team.

    "It is what it is, respect the athlete – and that's the character of the man behind the mask.

    "Whatever. What does he want to do? Does he want to come back or not?"

  • sstreet

    'I FEEL LIKE IT SHOULD BE'

    Michael Chandler says he wants Dustin Poirier next after his first round win over Dan Hooker.

    Chandler said: "I feel like it should be.

    "Every single lightweight on the roster said no to the fight except for Conor.

    "It was never offered to Conor. It was never offered to Khabib. Dan Hooker, hats off to you for saying yes.

    "Everybody said no, so because of that I feel like I should somewhat skip the line.

    "Poirier is a champion so I say let's go Poirier vs Chandler for the title.

    "I think we match up very well together. He's a dog, he ain't gonna quit. I'm a dog. You know I ain't gonna quit. We're both gonna come forward. Orthodox vs Southpaw."

  • Marc Mayo

    MAC WILL BE BACK

    Conor McGregor said 'don't write me off just yet' as he suggested a grappling approach next time against Dustin Poirier could earn him a victory.

    The Dubliner, 32, was outwitted by Poirier's calf kick-heavy tactics that immobilised him before being rocked and finished in the second round.

    He said: “I don’t know, man, I don’t know – you know, don’t just write me off yet."

    He added: “I’ll adopt a different approach for the trilogy with Dustin because those leg kicks are not to be messed with.”

  • Marc Mayo

    KHAB YOU BELIEVE IT?

    Khabib Nurmagomedov has told Dana White that he will not come out of retirement while he remains ‘so much better’ than his rivals.

    Many had tipped Conor McGregor for a rematch with the Russian but last night’s loss saw White admit a return seems unlikely.

    He told reporters: “He said to me, ‘Dana, be honest with yourself. I’m on so many levels above these guys, I beat these guys’.

    “I don’t know what… but it doesn’t sound very positive.

    “And what he said was I told you guys before, he won’t hold the division up. He already retired.

    “He’s basically retired and I’m that one that’s been trying to get him to do one more.”

  • sstreet

    THE SEASON TO BE JOLIE

    Dustin Poirier's wife Jolie was quick onto the scene after his stunning KO win over Conor McGregor.

    And she had strong words for her man's critics, saying: "That's the last time you're going to doubt my husband!"

  • Marc Mayo

    STAT ATTACK

    Here is a rundown of the punch stats from Conor McGregor's defeat to Dustin Poirier.

    The Irishman was completely outfought in the stand-up game, landing 29 significant strikes compared to Poirier’s 48.

    His 43 per cent significant strike rate was notably inferior to The Diamond's 52 per cent.

    McGregor also failed to make the most of his two inch reach advantage, connecting 27 significant strikes at the distance compared to Poirier's 46.

    Credit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Marc Mayo

    KHAM AND GET IT

    Khamzat Chimaev couldn’t help but troll Conor McGregor after his defeat.

    The Russian, unbeaten 9-0 in MMA, tweeted a picture of the beaten Notorious with several laughing emojis.

    However, he has since deleted his tweet.

  • sstreet

    'LIKE AN AMERICAN FOOTBALL IN MY SUIT'

    Conor McGregor was brutally honest after his defeat to Dustin Poirier as he admitted his dead leg meant he "just wasn't as comfortable as he needed to be".

    McGregor said: "It's heart-breaking and hard to take. My leg is completely dead. It's like an American football in my suit at the minute.

    "If you put in the time in here, you're going to get cosy in here and I just have to dust it off and come back and that's what I will do.

    "I need activity, you don't get away with being inactive in this business.

    "As long as you stay active and as long as you compete, things shape around you. You show up, you reap the rewards.

    "That's what happened for Dustin and it's what's happened against me."

  • sstreet

    LIMP DISPLAY

    Dustin Poirier dominated Conor McGregor at Fight Island with a brutal display of leg kicks.

    The American avenged a 2014 defeat by giving the Irishman a beating he won't soon forget.

    McGregor had so much trouble dealing with Poirier's kicks that he was seen limping out of the arena on Yas Island after the fight.

  • sstreet

    NUR WAY BACK

    Khabib Nurmagomedov couldn't resist a dig at arch rival Conor McGregor after his defeat to Dustin Poirier.

    The Russian, who beat both Poirier and McGregor stated that Notorious was "far away from reality".

    He tweeted: "This is what happened, when you change your team, leave the sparring partners who made you a champion and sparring with little kids, far away from reality."

  • Marc Mayo

    LEG’S THINK ABOUT THIS

    Dustin Poirier revealed the brutal theory behind his targeting of Conor McGregor’s leg last night.

    He told reporters: “I’ve been kicking long enough, and when you land with the top of your shin, the thick part of your shin right under the knee and you turn it the right way, it’s so heavy and it hurts so bad, especially on a calf. The first one I landed I knew I had him good.

    “Because of his wide stance, we thought it would be hard to check, and he wasn’t checking correctly. 

    “It was still the muscle part of his calf, he wasn’t turning his shin all the way outward, so it wasn’t shin to shin. Even when he checked he was getting the bad part of the kick.

    “And I know from experience, I’ve been crippled by that kick from Jim Miller, I’ve been hurt by them a few times. The swelling in your calf, it has nowhere to go.”

  • Marc Mayo

    STOPPED STREAM

    Dana White claimed before last night’s fight that he had ‘caught’ one illegal streamer.

    However the UFC boss has recounted how the broadcaster saw the error of their ways and began selling legal PPVs before the actual contest.

    White said: “[The streamer] put out a statement that night. 

    “Said I will not be streaming the McGregor vs Poirier anymore. But I will show you how to buy it legally.

    “And now his whole streaming service has been deleted and is gone. Disappeared. One down and a s***load to go.”

  • sstreet

    'FULL OF RESPECT'

    Conor McGregor was respectful in defeat after his shock KO loss to Dustin Poirier.

    The Irishman had been known for relentlessly jibing Khabib Nurmagomedov after his last defeat in the Octagon, but struck an altogether different tone this time.

    And Notorious even raised the prospect of a rematch, saying: "We'll do it again."

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