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Dustin Poirier shocks Conor McGregor with second-round TKO at UFC 257

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Many felt like Dustin Poirier was going to be nothing more than a body for Conor McGregor in the main event of Saturday's UFC 257.

Poirier had other plans in mind, using destructive calf kicks to soften McGregor up before finishing him with a barrage of punches to score a TKO at the 2:32 mark of the second round. 

"I'm happy," Poirier said in his post-fight interview. "I put in the work. First off, I want to say Conor took this result very professionally. He's a pro. Nothing but respect. We're 1-1. Maybe we have to do it again."

Poirier set the tone for how the fight would play out in the opening moments by launching a leg kick to McGregor's left calf. Moments later, Poirier changed it up and secured a takedown. But McGregor made it back to his feet and got into a groove by striking with clean shots. Poirier wasn't deterred. He followed his plan and continued going after McGregor's calf. 

McGregor began the second round with a stinging left hand that rattled Poirier. The former interim lightweight champion shook it off and went right back to battering McGregor's calf with kicks. McGregor's calf was very red and he was hardly able to move. His shots didn't have as much snap due to not being able to put all of his weight into his punches. 

Seeing he had McGregor in a vulnerable state and weakened, Poirier stunned McGregor with a left hand. Poirier continued the assault and dropped McGregor with a right hook. Poirier uncorked a series of shots to pull off the biggest win of his career. 

"We knew (McGregor's) counter-twos was some of the best in the game," Poirier said. "But I just don't give f—k. I'm here to win."

For McGregor (22-5), it is his second loss in his last three fights, and he is now 1-2 competing at 155 pounds. He gave Poirier all the credit for his performance. McGregor also conceded that he needs more cage time to compete against the best at 155 pounds. 

"It's hard to overcome inactivity, and that's just it," McGregor said in his post-fight interview. "The leg kicks were good. That low calf kick was very good. The leg was dead, and I just wasn't as comfortable as I needed it to be. But Dustin's some fighter.

"I put in the work," McGregor added. "I'm proud of my work. I would have liked to represent my team better. We'll get to go again, and that's it. I'm gonna go with my kids in the hotel and chill and regroup."

McGregor fought only one time in 2020. He said during the buildup to UFC 257 that he'd compete at least three times in 2021. While he suffered a setback Saturday, McGregor vowed he would return this year.

"Of course, I need activity," McGregor admits. "You don't get away with being inactive in this business. I'll take my licks. 1-1 Dustin, good man. It's a tough one to swallow."

It is unknown what is next for Poirier (27-6, one no contest) because of the uncertain status of lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who says he's retired. Still, UFC president Dana White is trying to persuade him into one more fight. 

If Nurmagomedov stays retired, and ultimately the UFC strips him of the title, Poirier's next outing will likely be against Michael Chandler. The former Bellator lightweight champion had a UFC debut for the ages, scoring a scintillating first-round stoppage over Dan Hooker. Chandler blasted Hooker with a left hook and followed it up with a barrage of right hands to give him a successful first contest inside the Octagon and a possible championship opportunity.

Here is what happened at UFC 257: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2.

UFC 257: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2 fight card

Main card

  • Conor McGregor def. Dustin Poirier by second-round TKO (punches); Lightweight
  • Michael Chandler def. Dan Hooker via first-round TKO (punches); Lightweight
  • Joanne Calderwood def. Jessica Eye by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28); Women’s Flyweight
  • Makhmud Muradov def. Andrew Sanchez via third-round TKO (punches); Middleweight
  • Marina Rodriguez def. Amanda Ribas by second-round TKO (punches); Women’s Strawweight 

Prelims results

  • Arman Tsarukyan def. Matt Frevola by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Brad Tavares def. Antônio Carlos Júnior by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Julianna Peña def. Sara McMann by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:39 of the third round
  • Marcin Prachnio def. Khalil Rountree by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Movsar Evloev def. Nik Lentz by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Amir Albazi def. Zhalgas Zhumagulov by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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Dustin Poirier stuns Conor McGregor

Poirier def. McGregor by TKO at 2:32 of the second round. Poirier comes right out with a leg kick to the calf and McGregor stuns him with a left hand. Poirier continues to connect on those leg kicks right to the calf. McGregor's calf is already pretty red and beat up.

A hard left hand connects for McGregor. Poirier stuns McGregor with a hard left hand. Poirier gets rolling and unloads to send McGregor to the canvas. Poirier just uncorks a few more shots to end it. What a win for Poirier. 

McGregor-Poirier Round 1

McGregor rushes in before referee Herb Dean lets them go. Poirier throws a leg kick and then immediately takes McGregor down. McGregor makes it back to his feet. 

McGregor reverses his position and uses two shoulder strikes. Poirier reverses his position. McGregor connects on two knees. McGregor once again reverses position and goes back to the shoulder strikes. Both guys are talking trash to each other.

McGregor lands a stinging jab followed by a left uppercut. McGregor is getting into a rhythm. Poirer lands a solid left hook with a leg kick at the end of it. 

A hard round to score as each guy had their moments. (10-9 McGregor)

Time for Conor McGregor - Dustin Poirier 2

It's time for the main event of UFC 257 as No. 2-ranked Dustin Poirier battles No. 4-ranked Conor McGregor in lightweight action. 

They met at UFC 178 with McGregor running through Poirier in under two minutes. McGregor (22-4) returns to 155 pounds for the first time since a fourth-round submission loss to current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. After losing to Nurmagoemdov at UFC 242, Poirier (26-6, one no contest) beat Dan Hooker by unanimous decision in June in one of the best fights of 2020.

McGregor said in the buildup that he'd finish Poirier in 60 seconds? Will it happen? Or does Poirier have other plans in mind?

Michael Chandler starches Dan Hooker

Chandler def. Hooker by TKO at 2:30 of the first round. Chandler and Hooker weren't doing too much to begin the fight. There was lot of circling the Octagon with Chandler stalking Hooker. 

Chandler throws a right to the body and knocks Hooker's lights out with a thunderous left hook. Chandler pounces on Hooker and unloads a barrage of heavy strikes. Hooker is trying his hardest to block the shots but cannot. Referee Herb Dean sees that and stops it.

Chandler lets the world know in his post-fight interview that he's ready for a title shot. In the process, he put the biggest name in the UFC on notice.

"Let's go get that title shot soon," Chandler said. 

"This is the the greatest monent in my professional life. Conor McGregor, surprise surprise, there's a new king in the lightweight division."

You couldn't have asked for a better UFC debut. He let lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor, and Dustin Poirier know that there's new top contender in town.

"Dustin Poirier, your time is coming," Chandler added. "Khabib, if you come back for No. 30, you have to beat somebody. So, try and beat me if you can!"

 

UFC 257 co-main event

It's time for the co-main event of UFC 257 as No. 6-ranked Dan Hooker takes on Michael Chandler in lightweight action. Hooker (20-9) looks to derail the Chandler hype after losing a shootout to Dustin Poirier in June. Chandler (21-5) finally makes his UFC debut after coming over from Bellator, where he was a three-time lightweight champion.

Can Chandler deliver the goods?

Conor McGregor has arrived

The former dual world champion has entered the Etihad Arena.

 

 

Joanne Calderwood outstrikes Jessica Eye for decision win

Calderwood def. Eye by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28). A great performance from Calderwood. She mixed it up for all 15 minutes. Her punches were crisp and her kicks were on point. She landed over 200 strikes and could have gone another 10 minutes. 

A good bounce-back win for the native of Scotland as she looks to secure her first UFC title shot.

Top ranked women's strawweights lock horns

Now at UFC 257, No. 6-ranked Jessica Eye squares off with No. 7-ranked Joanne Calderwood in women's flyweight action. Eye (15-8, one no-contest) is a former world title challenger, lost in her last time out to Cynthia Calvillo by unanimous decision. Calderwood (14-5) was on the verge of a title shot at champion Valentina Shevchenko, but she opted to take a stay busy fight against Jennifer Maia. She paid for it dearly, losing by submission in the first round.

The animosity between them is real so expect a ferocious battle.

Makmud Muradov extends win streak to 14

Muradov def. Sanchez by TKO at 2:59 of the third round. Sanchez connects on a combination to send Muradov against the cage. Muradov bounces off and rears back a thunderous overhand right hand to nearly knock Sanchez out on the feet. Muradov sees that Sanchez is out on his feet and rushes in with a flying knee. Muradov unloads a barrage of left and right hands. Understanding Sanchez isn’t fighting back, referee Jason Herzog steps in to stop the beating from continuing.

That is two third-round finishes in a row for Muradov (25-6), who also runs his winning streak to 14. 

 

 

 

Time for the middleweights

Right now at UFC 257, Makmud Muradov takes on Andrew Sanchez in middleweight action. Muradov (24-6) comes in on a tear as he's won 13 consecutive fights. Overall, Muradov's won 16 fights by knockout. Sanchez (13-5) won The Ultimate Fighter 23. In his last time out, Sanchez notched a first-round KO of Wellington Turman.

Don't blink as both guys like to sling the leather.

Marina Rodriguez stops Amanda Ribas

Rodriguez def. Ribas by TKO at 0:54 of the second round. 

Rodriguez drops Ribas with a right hand. Ribas nearly lands on her head. Rodriguez rushes in and starts uncorking a series of hammerfists. Referee Herb Dean steps in like he's going to stop the fight, but doesn't. Rodriguez briefly thinks it's over. She realizes it's not and gets right back to work. She throws another stinging right and Dean steps in again and ends it.

A great win for Rodriguez (13-1-2) as that should vault her into the top five in the women’s strawweight division.

 

 

UFC 257 main card begins

The UFC 257 main card begins with No. 8-ranked Marina Rodriguez facing No. 10-ranked Amanda Ribas women's strawweight action. Rodriguez (12-1-2) made it into the UFC by competing on the Dana White Contender Series. Ribas (10-1) enters the fight on a three-fight winning streak, which ties her for fifth in the division.

A match between top ten fighters is a good way to kick things off.

Welcome

Welcome to DAZN News' live coverage of UFC 257. The main event features the return of Conor McGregor as he takes on former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier.

Anytime it's a McGregor fight, the sports world is paying attention. Grab the refreshments, hit the bathroom, get on the couch and follow along for what is sure to be a night to remember.

 

 

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