ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Conor McGregor’s bout with Dustin Poirier was supposed to bring clarity to the UFC’s light-weight division and the prospect of a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov, but his spectacular knockout reduction raises extra inquiries that it answered for the division.
With thousands of McGregor supporters in the stands – seemingly significantly far more than the formal attendance of 2,600 offered by the UFC – the stage was set for a further triumphant night time for the UFC’s golden boy, but Poirier tore up the script to win by KO in the middle of the 2nd spherical.
UFC president Dana White had previously been earning no solution of the simple fact that he would like to see Nurmagomedov, who retired undefeated just after beating Justin Gaethje final Oct, occur again for a profitable rematch with McGregor.
White was in speedy speak to with Nurmagomedov to see if he had witnessed something that would entice him again into the octagon, but he claimed the undefeated Dagestani was seemingly sticking by his determination to retire, for the time currently being at least.
“He explained ‘Dana, be truthful with oneself. I’m so a lot of levels earlier mentioned these guys. I defeat these guys’,” White instructed a media conference as he viewed what would without doubt have been a pretty profitable pay-for every-check out party slip away.
For McGregor, it was a 1st knockout defeat as a professional and certainly not an result he anticipated as he arrived in Abu Dhabi on his yacht in midweek, savoring the trappings of the fame and prosperity that this activity has introduced him.
But this time he was to be the combatant ending the bout knocked senseless as Poirier avenged a 2014 decline at featherweight.
Together with Michael Chandler, who gained the co-primary event with a knockout of Dan Hooker, Poirier is now the top rated identify in conditions of title photographs when White and his match-making staff meet up with this coming Tuesday to prepare for the upcoming, while McGregor considers his upcoming move.
“It’s a bitter pill to swallow, and I really don’t even know regardless of whether I’m that upset, I really do not know what to say,” he explained to a media conference, prior to likely on to record trilogy fights in opposition to Poirier and Nate Diaz and a attainable boxing match with Manny Pacquiao as currently being on his radar.
Reporting by Philip O’Connor Enhancing by Robert Birsel