LAS VEGAS (AP) — Conor McGregor sat and seethed with his again on the cage, a short term forged all-around his still left shin and foot. The greatest star in combined martial arts was confident he had just been robbed of revenge on Dustin Poirier by a damaged leg.

“I was boxing the bleedin’ head off him, kicking the bleedin’ leg off him,” McGregor shouted. “This is not above! If we have to take this outside for him, we’ll consider it outdoors.”

McGregor’s animosity towards Poirier has not cooled, but this struggle trilogy ended — for now, at the very least — with a different victory for his a lot more delicate-mannered enemy.

Poirier beat McGregor for the second time in six months when McGregor was not able to proceed right after the 1st spherical at UFC 264 on Saturday night time.

McGregor (22-6) fell to the canvas and under no circumstances received up just after a punch by Poirier (28-6), who will get the UFC’s following lightweight title shot. McGregor’s leg and ankle buckled when he stepped back from the blow, and Poirier finished the round raining blows down on the previous two-division UFC winner.

“Just the factor had divided, and I bleedin’ landed on the wonky leg like Anderson Silva that one time, some thing identical to that,” McGregor claimed, referring to longtime middleweight champ Silva’s infamously ugly broken leg from Chris Weidman. “It’s a mad organization.”

UFC President Dana White said he was advised McGregor broke his shin around the ankle. McGregor will have surgical procedures on Sunday early morning.

Dustin Poirier, proper, kicks Conor McGregor through a UFC 264 lightweight mixed martial arts bout Saturday, July 10, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photograph/John Locher)

Poirier stated he assumed McGregor’s leg broke when he checked a single of McGregor’s kicks before in the fight. McGregor disagreed, declaring there was “not 1 verify.”

“You never ever want to get a acquire that way, but what took place was the end result of examining a kick,” Poirier said. “I’m far more than guaranteed of it. He bought what he had coming to him. Karma is a mirror.”

McGregor dropped to 1-3 in the cage considering the fact that 2016, when he abdicated his UFC title reigns and recognized a wildly rewarding boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. McGregor has been unable to recapture his fearsome MMA form over the earlier 50 percent-decade — and inspite of his protestations, there was little in the initial spherical at UFC 264 to suggest McGregor was back in elite sort.

Poirier was largely in manage of the opening spherical, parrying McGregor’s kicks and landing quite a few strikes just before acquiring control over McGregor on the floor. Right after McGregor received up from a lengthy stretch of punches and elbows, Poirier knocked him down one particular past time — and McGregor’s ankle bent gruesomely as he fell.

“It (stinks), mainly because I was heading to defeat the person if his leg held up,” Poirier reported. “I need to digest it all, because ideal now, it sort of feels odd. It is not a superior sensation.”

White confirmed Poirier will get the following shot at new light-weight champ Charles Oliveira. White also reported he expects a fourth combat between McGregor and Poirier at some point following McGregor’s leg heals.

“The struggle did not get concluded,” White explained. “You just cannot have a combat end that way. We’ll see how this total issue plays out. Who is aware of how long Conor is out? Poirier will do his issue until Conor is all set.”

Poirier also stated he intends to combat McGregor a fourth time — and it will be personalized. McGregor returned to his verbose, mean-spirited marketing persona for this combat promotion, frequently insulting Poirier’s wife and vowing to destroy Poirier.

“We are likely to battle all over again, regardless of whether it’s in the octagon or on the sidewalk,” Poirier mentioned. “You don’t say the stuff he said.”

Poirier stopped McGregor in the next spherical when they met in Abu Dhabi last January, avenging his very first-round knockout reduction to McGregor in 2014. Poirier’s distinct superiority in the fighters’ second bout built a 3rd showdown appear to be questionable just 6 months later on, but McGregor demanded the likelihood to take care of his mistakes and Poirier acknowledged the large paycheck that will come from sharing a cage with McGregor.

As a substitute of having an easier combat or another boxing match, McGregor wished another shot at Poirier following finding stopped by strikes for the initial time in his MMA profession. He claimed he experienced been distracted by his ideas to box Manny Pacquiao this yr, and he vowed to devote his total interest to MMA in instruction camp.

Conor McGregor receives attention right after suffering an harm although combating Dustin Poirier in a UFC 264 light-weight mixed martial arts bout Saturday, July 10, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Image/John Locher)

McGregor has missing decisively to Khabib Nurmagomedov and 2 times to Poirier since 2016 while beating only an more than-the-hill Donald Cerrone.

McGregor’s star electric power has demonstrated no major decline despite the dwindling evidence of his the moment-transcendent expertise. The celeb-studded Vegas crowd was vocally driving McGregor, who strutted into the octagon with his usual aptitude.

But the regular, hardworking Poirier has earned the chance to recapture the lightweight title he held on an interim foundation in 2019 just before his reduction to Nurmagomedov. That was the only defeat in just about 5 a long time for Poirier, who has mainly preserved a 10 years of upward momentum in the UFC.

McGregor was charming and pleasant to Poirier during the promotion of their second bout before this calendar year, but that collegiality was long gone for the 3rd struggle. Poirier refused to return insults to McGregor when the Irish fighter insulted Poirier’s spouse all over again soon after the combat.

“We really do not communicate like that,” Poirier stated. “I hope this person receives household secure and receives to be with his family members.”

T-Cellular Arena was packed with a sellout UFC group for the very first time considering the fact that the coronavirus pandemic started, and President Dana White said the gate revenue was all around $16.5 million, position amid the best in UFC heritage. The movie star crowd involved Dave Chappelle, Mel Gibson, Miles Teller, Jared Leto, Steve Aoki, “Jackass” individuality Steve-O, Baker Mayfield and NFL house owners Robert Kraft and Mark Davis.

Donald Trump also arrived for the final a few fights and obtained a short, loud burst of cheers and boos from the packed arena.

Gilbert Burns received a unanimous conclusion above Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in the co-key party, with the Brazilian bouncing back again from his knockout reduction to welterweight champ Kamaru Usman in February.

Previously on the pay out-for each-watch card, Australian heavyweight Tai Tuivasa celebrated his violent initially-spherical knockout of previous NFL participant Greg Hardy by climbing onto the octagon fence and carrying out a shoey — ingesting booze from a shoe in right Aussie celebratory design and style. Hardy, who misplaced his NFL career in 2015 just after being convicted of domestic violence, has shed two straight fights soon after a 7-2 start off to his MMA profession.

Welterweights Michel Pereira and Niko Price tag place on the greatest display on the early undercard, and Pereira highlighted his slim conclusion victory with a exceptional standing backflip and a scramble into complete mount on a vulnerable Price.