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Dustin Poirier has defeated Conor McGregor by TKO in the opening round of the much anticipated UFC 264 after McGregor suffered a fractured ankle.
It was a huge anti-climax for the bout but McGregor had no chance of continuing after his foot gave way.
“This is not over,” McGregor said in the post-fight interview.
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Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier meet in their trilogy fight at UFC 264 in Las Vegas on Sunday, with the card kicking off at 12pm (AEST). Join The Roar for live updates and debate in our blog.
There are 13 fights in UFC 264 including five on the main card. Australian Tai Tuivasa fights Greg Hardy in a heavyweight battle two bouts before the McGregor-Poirier showdown.
Although there is no title on the line, the winner is likely to earn a title shot against lightweight champion Charles Oliveira.
Poirier passed up the chance to fight for the title vacated by the retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov in favour of a third fight against McGregor.
Ireland’s McGregor KO’d Poirier in less than two minutes in 2014 as he rapidly became the biggest star of his sport but and Poirier, of the United States, avenged that loss in January this year with a second-round KO.
This will be the most lucrative fight of his career and Poirier is banking on himself to land both the massive payday and the chance to go for the title, although a loss would hit the second part of the plan.
McGregor is trying to beat an elite opponent since he beat Eddie Alvarez in 2016, before he took on boxer Floyd Mayweather in their ‘Money Match’ in 2017.
In typical fashion, McGregor turned Friday’s weigh-in for this fight into a circus, labelling his opponent a “little bitch” and a “silly little hillbilly.”
McGregor also unleashed a tirade at a reporter who started a question with “You have won exactly one fight since Barack Obama was President….”
McGregor fired back: “Shut your mouth. I’ll go down there and smash your nose in. I’ll go down and smash your nose in, you little rat, you little rat. Someone smack him.”
“For me, the aura’s not there anymore,” Poirier said of McGregor. “Very dangerous fighter, no doubt. But I see a man … that I’ve defeated and I know I can defeat again.”
Time: Main undercard from 12pm AEST
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Paradise Navada
Coverage: Live, Pay-Per-View Main Event and pay-per-view streaming on Kayo
Betting: McGregor $2.12, Poirier $1.72 (odds via PlayUp)
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