By Mark Elezaj
Las Vegas – It was not the ending the fans were expecting, but UFC 264 delivered.
In the main event from the T-Mobile Arena, Dustin Poirier walked away victorious after scoring a first-round TKO over Conor McGregor, but it was not the way he or the fans probably expected.
Early on, McGregor looked sharp, landing heavy low kicks and his left hand.
The fight changed when Poirier scored a takedown and began to land elbows while McGregor tried to stop the onslaught from the Louisiana native.
Poirier landed a punch at the end of the opening round that forced McGregor to take a backward step, causing his ankle to roll up behind him.
He was unable to get up off the canvas as the horn sounded and referee Herb Dean waved off the fight.
“Karma’s not a b—-,” Poirier said. “It’s a mirror.”
“There’s no holds barred with the trash talk, right?” Poirier said. “But murder is something you don’t clown around [with]. There’s no coming back from that. And this guy was saying he was going to murder me and all kinds of stuff. He was saying he was going to kill me, I was going to leave here in a coffin. You don’t talk to people like that, man.
“I hope this guy gets home safe to his beautiful family.”
McGregor was not so nice.
After the fight, McGregor vowed that the rivalry is not over before he insulted Dustin Poirier’s wife, Jolie, in his in-cage post-fight interview.
“I was boxing the bleeding head off of him,” McGregor said.
“This is not over! If I have to take this outside with him, I’ll go outside,” McGregor continued after the match, still sitting in the octagon as trainers inspected his lower left leg.
UFC commentator Joe Rogan told McGregor that Poirier felt his check on one of McGregor’s kicks is what broke his leg.
“There was no check!” McGregor said.
Regardless of how the fight ended, the bad blood between both men is far from over.
“I didn’t hear one word of it,” said Dana White before he was informed of what was said.
“Ah, yeah – I don’t like that. Yeah, that’s not good. Leave people’s families and wives and all that stuff out of it. Family has nothing to do with it.”
~ The Fighting Voice ~