Dustin Poirier defeated Conor McGregor via TKO after McGregor broke his leg at UFC 264.
McGregor’s left ankle appeared to have snapped while he tried to plant his foot after throwing a combination in the closing seconds of the first round.
UFC President Dana White confirms that there will be a 4th fight between the two after Saturday’s unfortunate ending.
Conor McGregror predicted that one of them would leave the arena on a stretcher. He was correct. However, it wasn’t Dustin Poirier who was carted on his way out of the T-Mobile Arena.
Conor McGregor was taken out on a stretcher and will undergo surgery Sunday morning, per Dana White
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— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 11, 2021
McGregor broke his ankle while pulling back after he and Poirier had an exchange of punches at the end of the first round of their trilogy bout at UFC 264 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Here’s the ankle break moment for McGregor, Poirier slips, McGregor rips … he stands back on a possibly already compromised ankle #UFC264 pic.twitter.com/BNCm8r5vHn
— Jim (@MMA_Jim) July 11, 2021
Referee Herb Dean called a halt to the bout after it was clear that McGregor was unable to continue. Dustin Poirier was declared the winner at the 5:00 mark of the first round.
Poirier Wins via TKO
A significant Connor McGregor leg injury has forced a Doctor’s Stoppage.
Dustin Poirier wins via TKO.
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— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) July 11, 2021
After the fight, Poirier talked about McGregor’s leg cracking early in the fight when he checked one of his leg kicks with a knee. And what happened at the end of the round was the leg breaking at its weakest point:
Poirier swears McGregor cracked his ankle on a Conor kick that he checked #UFC264 pic.twitter.com/g9NwuBYUrd
— Tony Cordasco (@TonyDasco) July 11, 2021
This is when Dustin Poirier thinks Conor McGregor actually fractured his ankle/lower leg… see the check and then quick point by Dustin…#UFC264 pic.twitter.com/Pq2287tdhY
— Ben Eby 🚀🚀🚀 (@TheBenEby) July 11, 2021
You can clearly see Dustin point at McGregor’s leg here:
poirier is a better fighter at this point in time. mcgregor broke his leg on a kick. the UFC was better with Mike Goldberg. all facts, goodnight #UFC264 pic.twitter.com/nwjoWO5hGj
— asapgoldyyyy (@asapgoldyyyy) July 11, 2021
Although there are some who agree with Poirier:
Ok so in all seriousness.. look away if you’re squeamish.
I think Conor McGregor already had a fracture before he stepped back. Likely the final straw that broke the camels back. Here you can see as he pivots forward, his tibia bends as if displaced.
Then he steps back. pic.twitter.com/CimTqf318P
— Jeff Mueller, PT, DPT (@jmthrivept) July 11, 2021
We may never know whether Poirier is correct or not. Regardless, that was a TKO win for the Diamond with McGregor unable to continue. When Anderson Silva broke his leg against Weidman, and Weidman broke his leg against Uriah Hall, there were no controversies whatsoever. So there was no reason for McGregor to be furious after the fight was declared a TKO loss for him.
As for Poirier, he was dominating the fight anyway, and was already up two points in two scorecards at the time of the stoppage:
#UFC264 Official Scorecard: Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor
View All Official Scorecards: https://t.co/DVjnvBTkEF pic.twitter.com/VVbUk1KJGJ
— UFC News (@UFCNews) July 11, 2021
With the win, Poirier becomes the third-fastest fighter to 20 wins in the UFC, trailing only Jon Jones and Georges St. Pierre who accomplished the feat in their 22nd UFC bout. Since the win was also a rightful TKO, he now has the most KO/TKO in lightweight history with 8. More importantly, the Diamond had the last laugh after all the classless trash talk by McGregor and of course, for attempting to kick Poirier with the same leg during one of their fight week face-offs.
4th Fight Coming Up
Dana White confirms Conor McGregor will have surgery in the morning #UFC264 pic.twitter.com/kqrYUqk0AQ
— Body Politic Sports (@__BodyPolSports) July 11, 2021
During the post fight interviews, UFC President Dana White said that McGregor will undergo surgery on his leg the next morning. White also said that the rivalry is not over yet because “you can’t finish a fight that way”. According to the UFC boss, Poirier will “do his thing” until McGregor is ready, perhaps alluding to the Diamond facing Charles Oliveira for the UFC lightweight title next.
As for McGregor, there is no confirmation yet on what exact injury he suffered and how long he will be out. There are several speculations however, including this one from a professional physiotherapist and injury analyst:
At least a fibula fracture for Connor McGregor, possible tibia as well. Not an open fracture (bone pierces skin), full recovery likely. Likely requires surgery, at least 3+ months rehab. Possibly much longer depending on severity #UFC264 pic.twitter.com/VsbgGz9XRz
— NRL PHYSIO (@nrlphysio) July 11, 2021
If this guy is right, or close to being correct, then we won’t be seeing McGregor at least until the end of the year.