Poirier vs McGregor UFC 257 Result: Dustin Poirier defeats Conor McGregor by TKO at UFC 257

Poirier vs McGregor UFC 257 Result: Dustin Poirier finally got his revenge as he ended Conor McGregor’s return to the octagon with decision by Technical Knock Out (TKO) in the second round of their lightweight fight at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Notably, the KO was the first in McGregor’s storied career and came after the Irishman had dominated the fight from the opening bell.

McGregor came out fast, flashing his trademark speed and power, and even dipping back into the same shoulder strikes that led to the knockout of Donald Cerrone in his January 2020 return to the Octagon. Through it all, Poirier remained steady, working over McGregor with leg kicks, eventually taking the base of the Irish superstar before blitzing him with punches, dropping him to the canvas and scoring the knockout at the 2:32 mark of Round 2.

McGregor looked in full song in the initial half of the match where he landed several punches and kicks, but Poirier managed to secure a draw in the first round with his defensive gameplay.

Poirier opened the round 2 with low calf kicks, and caught Conor McGregor’s attention. Poirier tried to kick again and McGregor caught the left leg twice in separate instances and forced Poirier to dance on one foot and reconsider his stance.

The southpaw regrouped and Poirier connected with a calf kick, followed with a crisp left hand that crushed the face of McGregor. The Irishman felt the powerful shot and was instantly stunned. Poirier noticed and immediately pounced, landing one left. Then another. Followed by a technical and thudding combination.

A Poirier right hook dropped a dazed McGregor and Poirier connected with two more unanswered shots before referee Herb Dean stopped the action at the 2:32 mark to win by TKO. Poirier exacts revenge of his loss to McGregor from 2014 and immediately becomes a top power player in the lightweight division.

The knockout also silenced the thousands in the crowd cheering on McGregor and the arena emptied out quickly once the fight was over.

Poirier is likely to face Michael Chandler, the former Bellator champion who scored a thunderous first-round knockout victory in his UFC debut over New Zealand’s Dan Hooker in the evening’s co-main event.