The Pro Take: Dustin Poirier Finishes Conor McGregor, Evens Career Series

Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, UFC 257
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 23: (R-L) Dustin Poirier punches Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

It was Saturday, September 27, 2014 when Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier first stared across the Octagon at each other. At the time, both men were looking to rise up the rankings to be the one to dethrone the king of the featherweight division, Jose Aldo.

Flash forward nearly seven years later and the landscape has drastically changed, but here we are once again for McGregor vs. Poirier 2. The names are the same and the goal has not changed from when they first met at UFC 178. They may not be hunting Jose Aldo’s title at featherweight this time, but gold was still in the cross-hairs. Because at UFC 257 their championship hunger was fueled by the drive to capture another shot at the current lightweight champ and common foe, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

It was the calf kicks that set up the finish for Dustin Poirier, tying up the series with Conor McGregor. Once the damage was done to the calf of McGregor, Dustin began to get comfortable with his boxing, setting up the finish in the second round. Dustin might have earned his second shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov with avenging his loss to Conor. On the other hand, that might be a hard sell. However, at the very least we hope to get to see a third fight between McGregor and Poirier.


Here is how the pros reacted to the rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.