“Run that back”: Trae Young, Alex Caruso and NBA Twitter shocked at Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier UFC 264 bout

Published 07/11/2021, 1:24 AM EDT
MMA – UFC264 – Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States – July 10, 2021 Dustin Poirier celebrates after winning the fight against Conor McGregor REUTERS/Steve Marcus


The event that had all eyes glued to it didn’t disappoint one bit, at least for those who were rooting for Poirier. As Conor McGregor met Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 for the UFC PPV event, flashbacks from their previous fights came into mind. The two had met twice before and both have scored a knockout as well. Although McGregor’s victory dates back to 2012, Poirier took his revenge in January. This only added to the anticipation of Game 3.

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Game 3 was all about settling the score for their rivalry. Both the games that they have faced each other in have ended earlier than expected and this wasn’t any different. In 2014, McGregor defeated Dustin Poirier via TKO in under two minutes, whereas Poirier knocked him out in the second round itself in January.

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And now, thanks to Conor McGregor‘s broken ankle, the fight came to another early end via TKO as Poirier walked away as the winner of the trilogy. Since their rivalry goes way back, both the fighters refused a glove touch before they began.

Nobody understands injury problems more than NBA players this season. Hence, most were even disappointed that the match ended so soon because of an injury. If it wasn’t for that may be the result might have been different?

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An embarrassment for Conor McGregor

When McGregor got the featherweight and lightweight titles after defeating Dustin first, his career skyrocketed, and achieved immense stardom. But since 2016, his record has been 3-3, which has his fans worried.

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However, Dustin’s road hasn’t been easy at all. But after surviving some brutal defeats in his career, he has shown immense potential and gathered a fan following of his own. But McGregor being the quicker fighter had everyone believe that he would be the winner of this series.

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

Unfortunately, Dustin didn’t let that happen. He entered this fight with far more confidence after his victory in UFC 257. He seemed more hungry for this win than Connor and now has his career propelled to another level after this. Do you think this game should have a rematch? Or was this a fair and square victory?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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