The KO was the primary in McGregor’s storied profession and got here after the Irishman had dominated the battle from the opening bell.
Controlling the centre of the octagon, McGregor landed some exhausting pictures together with his proper hand however he could not discover the blow together with his left that will have completed the battle, and as an alternative Poirier scored with a tough proper to get his again off the fence earlier than touchdown a flurry of blows to win.
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The knockout additionally silenced the 1000’s within the crowd cheering on McGregor and the world emptied out rapidly as soon as the battle was over.
Poirier, who received the interim light-weight title in 2019 however got here up brief when Khabib Nurmagomedov beat him for the undisputed crown later the identical 12 months.
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Nurmagomedov has since retired and if he doesn’t return, Poirier is more likely to face Michael Chandler, the previous Bellator champion who scored a thunderous first-round knockout victory in his UFC debut over New Zealand’s Dan Hooker within the night’s co-main occasion.