The main event fight betweenand Dustin Poirier at concluded in shocking fashion, with McGregor suffering what appeared to be a freak broken leg after rolling over his ankle in the dying seconds of the first round.
It was a round McGregor conclusively lost, after being outstruck on the feet and wrestled to the ground after an unsuccessful submission attempt.
“This is not over,” said McGregor, in a post fight interview with Joe Rogan. ‘If I have to take this outside with him, it’s on outside. I don’t give a bollocks.”
Dana White stated that McGregor would be going into surgery tomorrow on Sunday to deal with the leg injury. He said that a title fight with current UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira was most likely next for Poirier, but believes that a fourth fight between McGregor and Poirier will happen at some point in the future, when McGregor has recovered from the surgery.
Audie Attar, McGregor’s long time manager recently said McGregor underwent a successful three hour surgery, repairing fractures of the tibia and fibula.
“Both doctors are confident that with time he will make a full recovery,” he said in a statement. “We anticipate his return to the Octagon.”
McGregor himself posted a video message on social media soon afterwards.
“Feeling tremendous,” said McGregor. “Six weeks on crutches and we build back!”
Find our blow by blow account of each fight below.
Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor
It’s here. The big one. The stakes for this fight seem incredibly high for McGregor, but they always do. Every single fight.
As I mentioned above, it’s almost impossible to call this fight. I’m picking McGregor because he appeared to be winning the last fight until he wasn’t. But honestly, it could go the exact same way as the last fight.
Got the butterflies for this one. Let’s go.
Man this is intense. McGregor looks amped, the opposite of relaxed, which is when he does his best work. Let’s see how this plays out.
McGregor coming out leg kick heavy. The fight is being fought at a furious pace. Poirier somehow clips McGregor and takes it to the ground after McGregor attempts a guillotine choke. After a barrage of ground and pound the fight goes back to the feet and after an exchange McGregor rolls his ankle
And it looks as though he’s broken his ankle? The doctor calls it. The fight is over.
Wow. What a strange ending.
McGregor is furious. He’s screaming “Doctor’s stoppage”.
Regardless of the result, McGregor was losing this fight comprehensively. It was called a doctor’s stoppage in the end. Afterwards, Joe Rogan conducted an interview with McGregor as he was getting his leg attended to. He claimed this was “not over”. But realistically, it’s hard to tell when McGregor will be back — if he’ll be back. Poirier made reference to karma playing a part here, given how low McGregor stooped in the lead up.
There was a real poisonous atmosphere to this whole scene. Reminded me a lot of the Khabib vs. McGregor fight. Left a bad taste in my mouth.
Dustin Poirier wins via doctor’s stoppage
Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson
I’m really looking forward to this one. Stephen Thompson is maybe the best technical striker the UFC has even seen, Gilbert Burns is a jiu-jitsu specialist with hammers for hands. The winner of this fight will almost certainly get a title shot at some point in the future.
I’m picking Thompson here. He’s one of the most difficult, unique fighters on the roster and he’s outclassed almost everyone he’s…