KO Conor

Conor ‘Notorious’ McGregor stepped out of retirement and into the octagon for the first time in a year on January 23, only to be sat down in the second round of his rematch fight against Dustin ‘The Diamond” Poirier

McGregor, 32, assured a first round knockout, just as he did seven years ago when he defeated the Louisiana native at UFC 178 in 2014.

Even though he was once again the significant underdog heading into the Saturday fight at UFC257, Poirier silenced all the critics with an unrelenting second round technical knockout victory at Fight Island, Abu Dhabi.

“I honestly thought Conor was gonna win, he had experience and had beaten Poirier,” said Kian Rennie, a senior at Jordan High School and soon to be amateur boxer “There’s plenty of fighters that’ve fought past their prime and crushed it.”

During pre-fight hype, McGregor confidently promised to end the former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion within the first 60 seconds of the starting round, and boy did McGregor fail to follow through. After Poirier failed to win the first round, the fate of the fight seemed to be sealed, despite his takedown halfway through and a solid right hook. Poirier’s energy seemed to be spent while the MMA and boxing titan remained quick and explosive.

During the second round, the tables turned. The American repeatedly targeted McGregor’s lead leg. Poirier slipped Mcgregor’s punches and unleashed a barrage of strikes as he took the center of the ring. Aside from catching a few of Porier’s kicks, McGregor was unable to convert them into a takedown or create any other advantage.

With a first-class uppercut, Poirier had snapped the Irishman’s head back. After sending McGregor to the fence, Poirier followed with a deadly right hook. Once The Diamond’s punch in another relentless furry connected, the fight was over and the former two-weight world champion was left seeing stars.

Just seconds later, referee Herb Dean waved off the contest and handed the underdog a groundbreaking victory that sent shockwaves through the lightweight division.

“I’m happy but I’m not surprised. I put in the work,” said Dustin Poirier after the referee stepped in to save McGregor from the onslaught.

With this victory, Dustin Poirier has forged a straight path to either fight or inherit the belt that lightweight champion Khabib Murmagomedov most recently held, who declared his retirement in October. As for ‘Mighty Mac’ McGregor, the world will see if he has a trilogy fight in store.