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11th Jul 2021

Conor McGregor gruesomely snaps ankle in devastating loss to Dustin Poirier

Patrick McCarry

“That’s a doctor’s stoppage!”

That McGregor ankle looked in a bad, bad way.

Conor McGregor has lost in excruciating fashion to Dustin Poirier, by doctor’s stoppage, after breaking his ankle at the end of the first round to Dustin Poirier.

The result means Poirier has now won the trilogy between the pair 2-1, but the biggest concern right now is for McGregor’s badly damaged leg.

With former US President Donald Trump sitting cage-side for the fight, the pair had to be separated by security staff when Poirier entered the Octagon. The T-Mobile Arena was packed to the rafters and it was McGregor that most of the fans were getting behind.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during UFC 264: Poirier v McGregor 3 at T-Mobile Arena. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The first round saw McGregor come out flying with leg kicks and spinning kicks. He stung Poirier with a left hand but ‘The Diamond’ rattled him right back before taking the fight to the floor.

McGregor landed a few wincing up-kicks but Poirier unloaded on his opponent with heavy bombs from a dominant position.

With 20 seconds remaining in the first round, the fighters got back to their feet and both men uncorked punches. As McGregor was stepping back, though, he landed awkwardly on his ankle and snapped it.

It immediately signalled the end of the fight as McGregor roared in pain.

UFC commentator Joe Rogan believes McGregor had badly lost the opening round and says he made a mistake in trying to guillotine Poirier after he was taken down.

As Poirier celebrated the win, McGregor was swarmed by medics and his team. The barbs continued even after the result was read out, with McGregor declaring, “This isn’t over!”

The pair were again kept apart as Poirier left the Octagon to soak in his latest victory. McGregor, meanwhile, was placed in a splint for his broken leg.