The Irish fighter suffers a horrific injury in yet another crushing loss to the American in a showdown in Las Vegas.
Conor McGregor sustained a broken leg in another crushing loss to Dustin Poirier at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with the fight being stopped by medics at the end of the first round.
It was an anti-climate end to an action-packed round in Saturday’s fight, as both fighters still trying to land McGregor tripped back, trapping his foot under him and breaking his leg.
Medics were immediately called into the octagon and it was clear McGregor couldn’t continue, prompting referee Herb Dean to declare the fight stopped on the doctor’s instructions.
Asked in the octagon with his leg in a cast, McGregor raged about his misfortune.
“I tore off his head, kicked him in the leg, [he was doing] as usual, dive to reduce the distance. It’s not over – if I have to take this outside with him, it’s out, ”he roared.
With McGregor winning at featherweight in 2014 and Poirier taking his revenge at lightweight in Abu Dhabi in January, the preparation for the third fight was punctuated with bad blood between the two, unlike a showdown earlier this year where the pair s are compliments.
Although American Poirier was fighting at home, his entry into James Brown’s The Boss was met with boos from the large part of the crowd who were there to support McGregor, and there was no friendly touch of gloves. before the start of the fight.
McGregor came out quickly, alternating between high and low kicks and dancing in and out of range as the two fighters kept up a furious pace.
The Irish fighter tried a guillotine choke as the bout went down to the mat with Poirier in first place, and when he escaped the choke it rained thundering punches and elbows on McGregor.
Although McGregor fired back, Poirier looked set to finish the fight before abruptly cutting off his attack in the dying seconds of the round to complain to referee Dean that the Irishman was grabbing his gloves.
As McGregor swayed and tried to back up, his footwork let him down, breaking his leg.
“He fractured him in one of the failures at the start of the fight and he broke it with a punch, that’s for sure… I felt something, he was kicking me hard,” Poirier said in a post-fight interview.
The doctor’s stoppage is seen as a win for Poirier and a loss to McGregor’s record, his third loss in his last four UFC fights.