UFC 257 Results, Highlights: Dustin Poirier Astonishes Conor McGregor with Second Round Elimination

The construction of the UFC 257 and one of the permanent stays of Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor’s remover was that Poirier was not the same man as when McGregor knocked him out at the 2014 featherweight meeting. Poirier proved this to be true on the Fight Island rematch when he survived McGregor’s early blitz and reaped a staggering nervous victory by knocking out the second round.

McGregor came out quickly, flashed the speed and power of his trademark, and even sank back into the same shoulder blow that led to Donald Cerrone’s knockout when he returned to the Octagon in January 2020. Poirier remained stable throughout, working with kicks over McGregor, finally taking the base of the Irish superstar before he blew it up with blows, throwing it on the canvas, and being eliminated in the 2:32 elimination of Round 2.

The foot-kick attack was constant throughout the one-and-a-half rounds, with Poirier never deviating from the plan. When McGregor landed and swung Poirier’s head back, Poirier stepped back and immediately wanted to see if McGregor’s calf would hit.

As soon as McGregor seemed to have trouble moving efficiently, Poirier typed and amplified his volume control.

“The foot kicks were good,” McGregor said after the loss. – The lower calf kick was very good. My leg is dead, man.

Poirier’s confidence flashed from the beginning of the fight. While McGregor was successful with his crime, Poirier began a conversation during the fight and, after another blow landed, pointed to McGregor, conveying a message that had changed a lot in the last six years.

“I’m happy, but I’m not surprised,” Poirier said after his victory. “I took the job. Conor took over this result very professionally here. Professional, man. Nothing but respect. We’re 1-1; maybe we have to do it again. I’m just happy in the place where I’m satisfied.” with the man I see in the mirror. This fight is great. This victory is great. “

As lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement after winning at UFC 254 over Justin Gaeth in October, UFC president Dana White insisted he believes the champion will return to a final fight. White claimed that someone had to do something really impressive in order to return to the Octagon.

Poirier was certainly impressed – as was Michael Chandler’s knockout of Dan Hooker in the main event – and it would be hard to ask for more than knocking out the game’s biggest star. Poirier had once been defeated by Nurmagomedov in a fight where he held the temporary lightweight title.

Poirier apparently didn’t care about Nurmagomedov’s future and declared himself champion for the victory against McGregor.

“I felt it was a title fight,” Poirier said. “If Khabib doesn’t come back, me and Conor are the two best guys. I’m the champion.”

During McGregor’s UFC career, now in a 1-2 lightweight fight, Nurmagomedov and Poirier lost in the division’s only fights after winning the lightweight title in November 2016 against Eddie Alvarez.

While Poirier’s play plan and failures in his conditioning seemed to be factors in McGregor’s defeat, the first loss of his career was largely due to a lack of permanent activity.

“I need action, guys, come on,” McGregor said. “You shouldn’t get away with being inactive in this business. That’s exactly the case. I’ll take my licking. I’m good at my job.”

McGregor has fought in the UFC only twice since 2018, defeating Cerrone last year and then losing to Poirier. Meanwhile, he has announced several retirements and held bitter financial negotiations with the UFC.

McGregor promised more activity moving forward while still struggling to deal with the immediate consequences of the brutal defeat.

“It’s hard to swallow,” McGregor said. “I’ve done a lot of work. I’m proud of my work.”

CBS Sports was with you throughout Saturday, giving you all the scores and highlights of all UFC 257s.

UFC 257 card and results

  • Dustin Poirier def. Conor McGregor through the second round TKO (punches)
  • Michael Chandler def. Dan Hooker through the first round TKO (punches)
  • Joanne Calderwood def. Jessica Eye by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Makhmud Muradov def. Andrew Sanchez through the third round TKO (punches)
  • Marina Rodriguez def. Amanda Ribas through the second round elimination (punches)
  • Arman Tsarukyan and Matt Frevola decided unanimously (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Brad Tavares def. Antonio Carlos Junior unanimously (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Julianna Pena def. Sara McMann through third round submission (back bare choke)
  • Marcin Prachnio def. Jhal Khalil Rountree unanimously (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Movsar Evolev def. Nik Lentz by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Amir Albazi def. Zhalgas Zhumagulov unanimously (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)