ABU DHABI (AFP) – Dustin Poirier knocked out Conor McGregor in the second round of their UFC lightweight bout in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (Jan 24) to register revenge over the Irish superstar.
American Poirier staggered McGregor with an overhand left and then dropped him to the canvas with a straight right before referee Herb Dean waved it off at 2 minutes and 32 seconds of the second round.
The controversial McGregor, known as “Notorious”, was returning to the octagon for the first time in a year.
The second-ranked Poirier, 32, has now put himself in line for a shot at the lightweight title.
“I think this was a title fight – I’m the champion now,” said Poirier (27-6) after the UFC 257 fight.
McGregor (22-5) vowed he would be back.
“I have to dust it off and come back and that’s what I’ll do,” the 32-year-old said.
“I’m gutted, it’s a tough one to swallow. I just want to go back to the hotel and chill with my kids and regroup.”
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