Dustin Poirier Reveals What Went Wrong for Conor McGregor at UFC 257

Published 01/25/2021, 6:10 AM EST


UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier spoke out following his statement TKO win over Conor McGregor in the main event for UFC 257. ‘The Diamond’ handed McGregor his first loss via strikes in MMA and truly captured the attention of the world. While Dustin’s skillset was never in question, not many fans could have envisioned McGregor slumped over cage side.

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The end came at 02:32 of the second round after Poirier had put in some much-needed spadework. The Louisiana native invested in leg kicks that began to heavily chip away at McGregor’s base, making him off-centered. Chiefly, it was this investment in leg kicks that ultimately led to the opportunity to land a crippling barrage of strikes.

Dustin Poirier’s clinical breakdown of UFC 257 victory

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The former interim champion provided a comprehensive breakdown of his win. Standing beside his Head Coach Mike Brown, Poirier did a deep dive into the actual impact of leg kicks in the fight.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Dustin Poirier prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his lightweight championship bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Poirier said, “I kick hard and Conor’s wide stance we thought it would be hard to check. I started kicking through his check because he wasn’t checking correctly, it was still the muscle part of his calf. He wasn’t turning his chin all the way outward, so it wasn’t chin to chin. Even when he checked, he was getting the bad part of the kick.”

“I know from experience, I’ve been crippled with those kicks by Jim Miller, I’ve been hurt by them a few times. The swelling in your calf it has no way to go, it’s not like a thigh where it spreads out. That’s when you have compartment syndrome, the swelling gets stuck in pockets and it’s so painful.”

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Conor McGregor: Necessary Corrections

Heading into the contest, there was a conversation surrounding the possible and probable impact of using leg kicks on McGregor. As Dustin noted, the Irishman’s wide stance makes him a sitting target for limb destruction. Moreover, Conor McGregor will have to be wary of leg attacks going forward, as future opponents will certainly turn to that as an option.

Additionally, it’s back to the drawing board for the former ‘champ-champ’ as he’s not in line for contention anymore. There is no shortage of fights for him and he’ll be keen to come back with a statement performance.

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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