Conor McGregor breaks his leg as Dustin Poirier claims trilogy at UFC 264
UFC 264 promised drama, and it delivered in spades on Saturday night
We all knew there would be drama at UFC 264, but nobody could have predicted what we witnessed on a wild night in Las Vegas as crowds returned to the T-Mobile Arena for Poirier vs. McGregor III.
We had a wild opening round between the two main event stars, with Poirier looking outstanding after a strong start by McGregor. But an awful broken leg sustained by “The Notorious” meant a bout that was already at full throttle hit the brakes earlier than we’d hoped.
McGregor’s immediate comments in the aftermath of the fight were controversial to say the least, as was the decision to actually interview a man with a broken leg in the octagon in the first place. But what seems clear is the bad blood between the pair has far from dissipated. Poirier vs. McGregor 4 sometime early in 2022? Don’t be surprised.
Despite all of the main event drama, this was an event packed with action, with the main card delivering a truckload of action.
Gilbert Burns’ win over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson may not make it into any “Fight of the Year” conversations, but it might just be the most important win of “Durinho’s” UFC career.
But if things were a little cagey in the co-main event, the rest of the main card more than made up for it.
Sean O’Malley turned on the style against the ludicrously tough debutant Kris Moutinho in the main card opener to score a third-round TKO finish, while Mexico’s Irene Aldana showed her striking skills with a hugely impressive finish of fellow bantamweight contender Yana Kunitskaya.
But the man who stole the show was undoubtedly Aussie slugger Tai Tuivasa, who danced to the octagon to the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe,” knocked out Greg Hardy inside a round and celebrated with a round of shoeys with the crowd, including one with a cheeky fan who “spiked” his drink with a large dose of Poirier’s hot sauce.
In summary, it was yet another crazy night in the UFC. Recap it all, and join with us in our post-Euro 2020 final despair, on a bumper edition of The Brit Pack MMA Podcast.
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