Dustin Poirier Shocks the MMA World With Win Over Conor McGregor

At UFC 257 on Saturday, Dustin Poirier defeated Conor McGregor with one of the most surprising knockouts in UFC history.

By Stone Lexington

Updated: Jan. 25, 2021 • 8:10 AM ET

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Abu Dhabi hosted a wild UFC 257 card.

It wasn’t for a title, and it’s only January, but Dustin Poirier may have just picked up the biggest win any UFC fighter will have this year.

Poirier pulled off a massive upset on Saturday, exacting retribution against Conor McGregor, inarguably the sport’s biggest star. With a spectacular performance at UFC 257 on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, Poirier dimmed that star a bit.

Before the fight, Poirier said he wasn’t heading into the bout thinking about revenge or avenging the loss he suffered to McGregor in 2014, rather the fight was about “prosperity” for himself and his family. McGregor knocked out Poirier in the first round of their 2014 bout, but Saturday’s fight was very different from their first encounter.

After losing the first round to McGregor on Saturday, it seemed like the former interim light weight champion was on his way to a second loss to he Irishman. Poirier, however, responded with a stunning, second-round TKO of the former double champion. It was the first time McGregor had ever been knocked out in the UFC and only his third loss in the promotion.

Although McGregor was the favorite heading into the bout, Poirier’s resume wasn’t without impressive accomplishments. He had accumulated scintillating victories over former featherweight champion Max Holloway (twice), former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, title challenger Justin Gaethje and former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Poirier’s future, though, is now cloudy.

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He should be the No. 1 contender for the lightweight title, but the belt is in limbo after champion Khabib Nurmagomedov retired in October. There’s also the issue that Poirier already lost to Nurmagomedov by third-round submission a little more than a year ago at UFC 242. Another fight against Poirier may not be enough to draw the champion out of retirement.

After the fight, Poirier stated that he’s not interested in a bout with UFC newcomer Michael Chandler, who starched Dan Hooker in the first round of Saturday’s co-main event. Whomever his next opponent is, Poirier will likely be fighting for the interim lightweight title, or the undisputed lightweight title if Nurmagomedov stays retired and is stripped of the belt.

For now, though, Poirier can relish in the fact that he may have just secured the biggest win of his career.