Poirier Stuns McGregor On Fight Island
Time waits for no man, time lost can rarely be retrieved. Conor McGregor spent too long in the wilderness and found out that his time is likely to have passed.
Dustin Poirier got his revenge in the main event at UFC 257 stopping McGregor in two rounds on Fight Island.
Poirier was patient, an early takedown showed his intent. He absorbed plenty but didn’t fold, or looked likely to. Repeated calf kicks did the damage, McGregor couldn’t get out of the way out of them, and that investment from Poirier looked as though it would pay dividends even in the early stages of the fight.
McGregor took the opening round, but the power he had at featherweight, isn’t the same at lightweight. Poirier was composed and knew as each second passed, the danger was subsiding.
A big left hook in the second caught McGregor, and Poirier didn’t let him recover. A right hand dropped McGregor and Herb Dean waved it off at the 2:32 mark.
Poirier showed his evolution, McGregor showed us decline. The Irishman cited inactivity, but was it. McGregor looked sharp enough in the first round, but the punches had little effect on Poirier. When Poirier was still standing, and the damage to McGregor’s lead leg was visible, the fight already had an air of inevitability about it.
The fight seemed to leave McGregor incredibly quickly, and that is more a worry going forward than any claims of ring rust. The stamina woes which McGregor claimed were a myth, again started to show before he was taken out. The chin of McGregor, such a strength at the lower weight, doesn’t look the same at lightweight.
McGregor says he will return, but the division is stacked, the road back to the top could be long and fruitless. At the end of the fight he had the look of an old fighter.
You can make excuses for his previous two UFC defeats, there can be non against Poirier. It was as emphatic and definitive as it could have been.
Poirier can look forward to another title shot, regardless of what Khabib Nurmagomedov decides to do. If Khabib returns, Poirier is right in line for the rematch, although Michael Chandler so impressive in the co-main event against Dan Hooker, staked his claim in the most emphatic fashion.
If Khabib stays in retirement, Poirier vs Chandler looks the fight to make for the vacant UFC lightweight title.
It was the McGregor show coming in but it looks like the McGregor era is now at an end.
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