The Pro Take: A Freak Accident Ends the Trilogy; Poirier with the TKO Victory

Conor McGregor, UFC 264
Conor McGregor, UFC 264 pre-fight press conference Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

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.


Check out how the pros reacted to the deciding fight in the trilogy between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.


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