By Philip O’Connor
ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Conor McGregor’s bout with Dustin Poirier was imagined to deliver readability to the UFC’s light-weight division and the prospect of a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov, however his gorgeous knockout loss raises extra questions that it answered for the division.
With 1000’s of McGregor followers within the stands – seemingly way over the official attendance of two,600 supplied by the UFC – the stage was set for an additional triumphant night time for the UFC’s golden boy, however Poirier tore up the script to win by KO in the course of the second spherical.
UFC president Dana White had earlier been making no secret of the truth that he wish to see Nurmagomedov, who retired undefeated after beating Justin Gaethje final October, come again for a profitable rematch with McGregor.
White was in instant contact with Nurmagomedov to see if he had seen something that will entice him again into the octagon, however he stated the undefeated Dagestani was apparently sticking by his resolution to retire, in the intervening time a minimum of.
“He stated ‘Dana, be sincere with your self. I’m so many ranges above these guys. I beat these guys’,” White instructed a media convention as he watched what would undoubtedly have been a really profitable pay-per-view occasion slip away.
For McGregor, it was a primary knockout defeat as a professional and certainly not an end result he anticipated as he arrived in Abu Dhabi on his yacht in midweek, having fun with the trimmings of the celebrity and wealth that this sport has introduced him.
However this time he was to be the combatant ending the bout knocked mindless as Poirier avenged a 2014 loss at featherweight.
Together with Michael Chandler, who gained the co-main occasion with a knockout of Dan Hooker, Poirier is now the highest identify when it comes to title photographs when White and his match-making workforce meet this coming Tuesday to plan for the long run, whereas McGregor considers his subsequent transfer.
“It is a bitter capsule to swallow, and I do not even know whether or not I am that upset, I do not know what to say,” he instructed a media convention, earlier than happening to checklist trilogy fights towards Poirier and Nate Diaz and a doable boxing match with Manny Pacquiao as being on his radar.
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