At the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, the main event of UFC 257 ended, in which MMA fans saw a rematch between promotion superstar Conor McGregor (22-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier (26-6 MMA , 18-5 UFC).
Conor McGregor returns to the UFC for the first time in a year and will fight Dustin Poirier in a rematch, who will lead today’s tournament in Abu Dhabi. McGregor returns to lightweight for the first time since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a memorable tournament in 2018. Today’s fight will be a great chance for him to declare his championship ambitions and get a fight for the champion title.
Dustin Poirier last fought last summer, where he defeated Dan Hooker. In the main event of UFC 257, he will try to get revenge on Conor McGregor for losing their first fight, which took place six years ago as a featherweight. That evening, Conor McGregor managed to knock out Dustin Poirier in the first round. Will history repeat itself in revenge or will we see an equal fight in all five rounds?
Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier. UFC 257. Video fight
Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
Conor immediately began to press down Poirier, throwing blows. Dustin snapped low kicks, after which he managed to carry out a takedown. MacGregor rose quickly to his feet, tying up with Poirier in a clinch. There, in addition to punches, the fighters managed to exchange words, but when both were again at a distance, Conor began to hit hard with his left hand, catching the “Diamond” with an uppercut. At the same time, Dustin continued to work on McGregor’s front leg, thereby laying out his way to victory.
In the second round, Poirier began to feel better in exchanges. The fighters exchanged several stiff legkicks, but it was visible how McGregor’s right leg began to buckle. Having lost solid support, the Irishman began to smear more and more often, while Dustin was able to hook Conor with several significant blows, shaking his opponent. Sensing the advantage, Poirier started throwing combination after combination, forcing Conor to helplessly fall to the canvas.