Dustin Poirier claims Conor McGregor first hurt his broken ankle in a flurry of leg kicks early in round one and brands the Irishman ‘a dirtbag’ while he’s left stricken in the octagon receiving treatment from medics
- Dustin Poirier claims Conor McGregor broke his leg in the opening exchanges
- McGregor’s UFC 264 clash ended in bizarre fashion due to an unusual fracture
- The Irishman landed awkwardly on his foot, which appeared to cause the injury
- However, Poirier says that a checked calf kick was the reason for the break
Dustin Poirier thought Conor McGregor had hurt his ankle in the opening exchanges of their first round fight before going on to suffer a gruesome break.
McGregor unleashed a flurry of leg kicks early on at Poirier before ‘The Diamond’ turned the tide. Then, in the final exchanges, McGregor threw a punch, missed and his ankle buckled underneath him.
Speaking in the aftermath, Poirier said: ‘He fractured it on one of the kicks at the start of the fight.
Dustin Poirier said Conor McGregor first hurt his ankle when he let fly with several leg kicks
McGregor suffered his third defeat in four fights after losing to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264
The Irishman landed awkwardly on his ankle in the dying seconds of the opening round
McGregor’s ankle swelled up immediately and a doctor called an end to the main event
‘It was probably cracked and on the twist of the punch it finished him.’
Poirier called McGregor ‘a dirtbag’ for his trash talk in the build-up to the fight, where he threatened to kill the American.
‘I can take the trash talk but murder there is no coming back from that, there is no need for that,’ Poirier said. ‘I want him to go home to his beautiful family.
‘He did hit me with a good cross like the last fight. Takedown was easy. He put his fingers in my gloves to the upkicks. This guy is a dirtbag, man.’
McGregor was furious about the circumstances of his loss before he was carried from the cage.
‘This is not over!’ he shouted. ‘If it have to take it outside, let’s take it outside.’
However, Poirier claims that the fracture occurred in the opening exchanges of the fight
McGregor shouted ‘this is not over’ as he was carried out of the octagon on a stretcher
UFC president Dana White confirmed that McGregor broke his tibia and that he will undergo surgery on Sunday morning.
The controversial ending to the UFC 264 main event has seen plenty of UFC stars take to social media to give their reactions, as McGregor’s arch rival Khabib Nurmagomedov taunted the Irishman.
‘Good always defeats evil. Very happy for @DustinPoirier. I hope you will get the belt end of the year,’ he tweeted.
Meanwhile, lightweight rival Justin Gaethje tweeted a clown emoji, directed at McGregor, following the Irishman’s latest setback.
McGregor has now lost three of his last four fights in the UFC, leaving him some way off reclaiming the lightweight title, while Dustin Poirier looks set to take on Charles Oliveira for the 155-pound championship.
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