VIDEO: Dustin Poirier Caught Cheating During the Match Against Conor McGregor At UFC 264

Published 07/12/2021, 11:28 AM EDT


Former UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier ended his trilogy with Conor McGregor with a TKO win at UFC 264 after the latter’s leg snapped. Although the manner with which he won may not give him full satisfaction, a win is a win, nonetheless.

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The match lasted just one round, but there was enough action inside that to make some conclusions. Initially, the round started with either man trading vicious shots on each other.

Unlike the last time at UFC 257, when Poirier landed some hefty calf kicks to cripple McGregor, this time the latter had his own kicks to show.

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MMA – UFC264 – Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States – July 10, 2021 Conor McGregor in action against Dustin Poirier REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Halfway through the round, to the surprise of many, McGregor attempted for a guillotine on Poirier. The latter broke free and started landing some heavy elbows and punches before the mishap took place.

In the post-fight interview, Poirier recalled the incident when he was on top of McGregor after the latter’s failed guillotine. According to him, McGregor grabbed his gloves and used his upward leg kicks to hurt him, which is illegal.

Although Poirier accused McGregor of cheating, he also came under the scanner. When McGregor locked in the guillotine, Poirier used the cage to get a grip on his toes and maneuver a slip out of the submission.

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Plenty of them accused Poirier of using the cage and getting a pass from referee Herb Dean. In the end, it seems the veteran referee spared both the fighters.

What’s next for Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor?

Poirier (28-6) can focus on his next target after the culmination of the trilogy. It’s a certainty that he would fight for the lightweight gold next.

Recently crowned champion, Charles Oliveira was present in the T. Mobile arena to find out his first title challenger. He knows now who he would face and what threat the man nicknamed the ‘Diamond’ could bring. Even president Dana White confirmed the matchup as next for both in the post-fight presser.

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For McGregor, it’s now surgery with subsequent rehabilitation. It looks highly improbable for him to return to action at least for a year. Do you think Poirier used unfair means to gain the advantage?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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