American Dustin Pourier defeated Irish Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) superstar Connor McGregor in the second round of the UFC Fight in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
A year after his last appearance, McGregor was returning to an octagon in the lightweight division. Pourier surprised him with a leg kick and then hit him with his hand, just before referee Herb Dean finished the fight, in 2 minutes 32 seconds. Second recovery.
“I’m going to grind myself up and come back”
The 32-year-old Irish fighter said, “It’s hard to be inactive for so long,” having only fought in his third cage in four years.
The entry was brought to the floor, a ground he was uncomfortable with, and then destabilized by Porier’s regular low kicks, and ‘The Notorious’ McGregor seemed to have found the thread of the fight before he fell into chains with deadly fists in the first round. American in the following recovery. “His low calf kick was great, but Dustin was a real fighter,” McGregor admitted.
“I’m going to dust myself off and come back, because that’s what I always do. I’ll take those punches,” the Irishman promised.
Opposite him, 32-year-old Dustin Pourier showed a completely different version from 2014. McGregor was knocked out in 109 seconds. Every week before the meeting, the Irishman boasted that it would be down to less than a minute.
“First of all I want to say that Connor took this result with professionalism. We are 1-1 and maybe we will have to reverse that, ”Pourier said.
Second in the UFC lightweight division, the United States has a strong position to traditionally fight or fight for the belt held by Russian Khabib Normagomed (29-0), but has now retired.
“I think this is a fight for the crown, I’m a champion now,” Pourier said after winning the bubble of “Fight Island” set up in Abu Dhabi to avoid risks.