‘It Was Only Going to Get Worse’- Dustin Poirier Says He Would Have Finished Conor McGregor Even Without the Freak Leg Injury

Published 08/18/2021, 3:14 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


Dustin Poirier earned a second consecutive stoppage win against Conor McGregor at UFC 264. After stopping the Irishman in their rematch at UFC 257 via knockout, he won the trilogy as well. However, this time it was a freak leg break for McGregor that prompted the fight to be stopped at the end of the first round.

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McGregor looked like his former self for the first few minutes of the fight, throwing an array of kicks on ‘The Diamond’. Many, including the former two-division champion himself, had suggested that the fight could have been different in the second round had it continued. But Poirier doesn’t think so.

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The former interim lightweight champion, who appeared on The MMA Hour show, believes that as he was in control of the fight, the outcome wouldn’t have been any different either way.

If it wouldn’t happen at the end of that round, it was going to happen in the second or third round. It was only going to get worse. I definitely felt in control of the fight, even on the feet,” said Poirier.

What’s next for Dustin Poirier?

Poirier is in the prime spot to challenge lightweight champion Charles Oliveira for the belt next. However, his recent social media exchanges with Nate Diaz mean a super fight can be on the cards as well. The duo was previously set for a showdown at UFC 230, but that didn’t materialize.

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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

Fans would love to see the pair throw down. And, in fact, Poirier might actually decide to skip his title shot to fight Nate Diaz next. If it indeed happens, remains to be seen.

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The fourth fight against Conor McGregor is another possibility for the Louisiana native. Many believe that as the trilogy fight didn’t have a proper ending to it, the duo should clash again to decide the better fighter. It’s hard to imagine anybody not opting for a big paycheck to fight McGregor.

So, as options are in abundance for ‘The Diamond‘, fans will keep a close eye on what he does next.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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