WATCH: NFL Star Chad Ochocinco Apologizes to Dustin Poirier for Betting Against Him at UFC 264

Published 07/13/2021, 2:39 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Dustin Poirier addresses the media after the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier fought at one of the most popular MMA events of the year. The pair fought each other at the main event of UFC 264. This fight was the third between the two fighters, and with the score tied at 1-1, people were really excited to see how the trilogy ends.

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‘Notorious’ and Poirier first faced each other at the UFC 178 event back in 2014. That time ‘The Diamond’ was the more established star, while McGregor was still making his way in the UFC. ‘Notorious’ had won that fight via a first-round TKO. Ever since that fight fans had been eagerly waiting for a rematch between the two fighters.

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Finally, the fans got their wish fulfilled 7 years later at UFC 257, this time around Poirier won the fight via a 2nd round TKO. Therefore fans were really excited about UFC 264 and to watch who wins the trilogy. However, the fight ended in a most anticlimactic fashion as McGregor snapped his leg towards the end of the first round.

He could not continue thereafter, and they declared Poirier the winner.

Ever since the fight was announced, various fans and celebrities shared their views on the fight. Among them was former NFL star Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson, who had bet on a victory for McGregor.

During the post-fight press conference, Poirier had some fun and asked ‘Ochocinco’ about the same. He said, “I just want to know how much Chad Ochocinco lost tonight. You bet on Conor no?” To which Johnson replied, “I lost 20 bucks.”

Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson congratulated Dustin Poirier after his win at UFC 264

Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson is a big-time MMA enthusiast and is often seen at various UFC events. Therefore, it came as no surprise that he met Dustin Poirier after his victory and congratulated him.

He said, “Congratulations tonight, obviously, one question I have for you is, What do you have to say to the people who bet against you tonight, including myself.”

To which Poirier gave a quick response as he said, “Haha, I don’t owe you anything. Sorry about that. You made the wrong choice.”

‘Ochocinco’ then said, “Hear it from the champ himself. I apologize.”

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Dustin Poirier is now all set to challenge for the UFC lightweight title next and face Charles Oliveira in the future. And judging by the conversation between Poirier and Johnson, we believe the former NFL star won’t bet against ‘The Diamond’ in the future.

 

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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