When you have a “first” you never forget it. We all remember our first love, first car, and first job. Last night, Conor McGregor got a new first to remember: his first knockout in his UFC career. The Notorious One got caught in a storm of left and right hooks and, in the end, could not weather it. The knockout came midway through the second round.
The only other time Conor McGregor was knocked out publicly came in the much-talked-about boxing match with Floyd “Money” Mayweather back in 2017. Poirier handed the Irish fighter his first UFC knockout.
One Twitter user shared a video of the history-making KO.
Conor McGregor had a good first round. In the second, things fell apart for him. Dustin Poirier walked McGregor back to the fence with a flurry of left and right hooks. The Irishman could only hope to block or dodge his opponent’s hands and regroup. However, it was like Poirier’s hands were wire-guided. The majority of his punches landed right on target. Conor was able to dodge and block only a couple of the shots. The rest battered his face and head.
After a flurry of punches, Poirier’s right hand turned Conor McGregor’s legs to Jell-O. You can see the moment that McGregor’s lights go out mere seconds before he hits the mat. Poirier, hungry for the win, followed his opponent to the canvas, still firing devastating punches until an official stepped in to stop the fight.
Seconds later, a dazed Conor McGregor sat up on the mat, looking dazed and confused.
Conor McGregor “Gutted” After Knockout Loss
After the fight, a humble Conor McGregor said, “I just wasn’t as comfortable as I needed to be, but Dustin is some fighter. If you put in the time, you’re going to get cozy in here. I have to dust it off and come back, and that’s what I will do. I’ll take my licks, but I’m gutted.”
McGregor had not been in the ring since his win against Cowboy Cerrone last January.
This win seems somehow poetic. In their first matchup in 2014, Conor McGregor beat Dustin Poirier with a knockout in the first round. About last night’s win, Poirier said simply, “I’m happy man, but I’m not surprised. I put in the work.” His hard work paid off in the end.
With a KO against McGregor under his belt, Poirier is eyeing the lightweight title. Though, in a post-fight interview he said that his rematch against Conor felt like a title fight. He went up against the most popular fighter in the sport and a man who had made short work of him years ago and came out victorious. Sometimes you don’t need a belt to make you feel like a champ.