MMA: Poirier blasts McGregor at UFC 257 to plot new title shot

Philip O'Connor, Reuters

Posted at Jan 24 2021 02:10 PM

Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor of Ireland face off during the UFC 257 weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 22, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Jeff Bottari, Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

ABU DHABI - Dustin Poirier scored a sensational knockout victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 257, decking him in the second round to put himself in pole position for another crack at the lightweight title.

The KO was the first in McGregor's storied career and came after the Irishman had dominated the fight from the opening bell.

Controlling the centre of the octagon, McGregor landed some hard shots with his right hand but he couldn't find the blow with his left that would have finished the fight, and instead Poirier scored with a hard right to get his back off the fence before landing a flurry of blows to win.

The knockout also silenced the thousands in the crowd cheering on McGregor and the arena emptied out quickly once the fight was over.

Poirier, who won the interim lightweight title in 2019 but came up short when Khabib Nurmagomedov beat him for the undisputed crown later the same year,

Nurmagomedov has since retired and if he does not return, Poirier is likely to face Michael Chandler, the former Bellator champion who scored a thunderous first-round knockout victory in his UFC debut over New Zealand's Dan Hooker in the evening's co-main event. 

(Reporting by Philip O'Connor Editing by Robert Birsel)

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