Matt Hughes Vs. Georges St-Pierre, Randy Couture Vs. Chuck Liddell, and in 2021, MMA fans had a chance to witness another trilogy fight at UFC 264 between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.
Dustin Poirier avenged his 2014 loss to Conor McGregor on Fight Island at UFC 257. On Saturday night Poirier looked to show that the version of himself that took the loss at UFC 178 had learned and has evolved tenfold. He also looked to ensure that a championship run was on the horizon with a win over the Notorious One.
A lot of questions were asked surrounding Conor McGregor after his loss to Dustin Poirier — “Does he still have it?”, “Did money change him?” – well, that is the anomaly that is Conor McGregor. You need to tune in to find out every single time, and at UFC 264 it was no different. A lot was on the line for Conor, and like any fight with McGregor on the marquee, we knew it was a big one.
Trash talking McGregor, absent from the pair’s second meeting, had returned ahead of UFC 264. The bad blood spilled over in time for fight night, but even with most expecting something crazy, no one could have predicted that the fight would end the way it did. Instead of a thunderous finish from either man, the bout ended with Conor McGregor breaking his ankle. Dustin Poirier gets the TKO victory and goes 2-1 with the trilogy. But it’s a near-certainty (confirmed by UFC President Dana White post-fight) that a fourth fight will take place.
PROS GIVE THEIR TAKE
Check out how the pros reacted to the deciding fight in the trilogy between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.
Good always defeats evil.
Very happy for @DustinPoirier I hope you will get the belt end of the year
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) July 11, 2021
Man, I wonder if he will ever fight again after this.. heal up champ, this is terrible
— BONY (@JonnyBones) July 11, 2021
Really wanted to see more of that fight 🔥🔥🔥 #ufc264
— Randa Markos (@randamma) July 11, 2021
Good man @DustinPoirier!!
— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) July 11, 2021
No class smh no women or children in battle
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) July 11, 2021
Dustin took it to him 👀 #UFC264
— Johnny Muñoz (@KidKvenbo) July 11, 2021
Crazy to think that at the end of the weigh in Conor said he would be taken out on a stretcher. And now Conor gets taken out on a stretcher. Man this game we play is so crazy!!!! Hats off to the Diamond of Lafayette!! @DustinPoirier
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 11, 2021
— Jack 'Tank' Shore (@jackshoremma) July 11, 2021
What a bizarre way to break your leg! #ufc264
— Leah Letson UFC (@LeahNidasMMA) July 11, 2021
Dumb take but do you boo-boo! https://t.co/O3Gvo6ST60
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) July 11, 2021
Awwwww. Anti climax. What a round! #ufc264
— Lerone Murphy (@LeroneMurphy) July 11, 2021
Wow that was a crazy round and to end that way is insane!!!#UFC264
— Jamahal Hill (@JamahalH) July 11, 2021
Even crazier result tbh…
— Chase Hooper (@chase_hooper) July 11, 2021
Lmfao even in a boot he’s talking mad shit. Im crying 😂 #UFC264
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) July 11, 2021
I’ma keep using leg kicks though!! 😜 #ufc264
— Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) July 11, 2021
What an ending
— Jared Gordon (@JFlashGordonMMA) July 11, 2021
Bro is a millionaire stop fighting lmao you secured the bag end game
— Jalin Turner (@JalinTurner) July 11, 2021
Has there been a injury loss in every PPV now? Like wow.
— Adrian Yanez (@yanezmma) July 11, 2021
Dustin Poirier with all that 🧢. Now he know that was a freak injury! #UFC264
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) July 11, 2021
He broke it, fell back and never tapped or stopped fighting. Different kind of tough right there
— Sam Alvey (@smilensam) July 11, 2021
I couldn’t watch it 🙈🙈#UFC264
— Mallory Martin (@MalloryyMartin) July 11, 2021