Conor McGregor mentioned he would wander Dustin Poirier “around the octagon like a puppy.” Instead, he laid next to the cage with a cadre of medics attending to him although the referee, Herb Dean, elevated Poirier’s still left hand in victory.

At the finish of the first spherical, McGregor threw a punch, but stepped back again and landed awkwardly on his remaining leg, showing up to break a bone. The battle concluded since McGregor was unable to continue.

Following a week of extreme buildup, the hostility concerning the two men did not ease and in actuality appeared to escalate. For the duration of his octagon job interview, Poirier named McGregor “a dirtbag.” McGregor, nevertheless on the ground following to the commentator Joe Rogan, insulted Poirier’s wife.

It was the 3rd battle amongst the two lightweights, a grudge match meant to settle the rating and anoint a new unquestioned challenger for the winner of the 155-pound division, Charles Oliveira. Now, it leaves an inconclusive outcome that most likely will require a fourth try, although possibly not in the quick long term.

“This is not above,” McGregor explained.

U.F.C. President Dana White informed reporters following the bout that Poirier would combat Oliveira following and that McGregor would undergo surgical treatment on Sunday. White mentioned he is open to matching McGregor and Poirier up once more.

The anticlimactic ending concluded a night of interesting fights, from the aerodynamics of Niko Selling price to the chess match, stylistic showdown between Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson.

Burns gained the co-primary celebration via determination. The bout pitted Burns, a jujitsu specialist, towards Thompson, a karate striker. Thompson landed clear shots, but Burns utilised his expertise on the floor to get on the scorecards.

Irene Aldana, the No. 4 ranked female bantamweight fighter, executed a stout performance against No. 5 ranked Yana Kunitskaya, offering highly effective blows and ending her in the to start with round. Aldana has won a few of her final 4 fights, her most modern defeat coming from a previous winner, Holly Holm. Aldana will surely move up in the rankings and she could possibly challenge Amanda Nunes, the present-day winner, or could attract yet another best contender.

Sean O’Malley, a rising bantamweight, finished Kris Moutinho in the 3rd round immediately after displaying a hanging clinic. Moutinho’s confront appeared so bloody and absorbed so substantially hurt that referee Herb Dean mercifully stopped the fight. O’Malley, a admirer most loved, will most likely following fight an opponent rated in the top rated 15 in the division.

Greg Hardy, a former N.F.L. participant, was knocked out by Tai Tuivasa. He is now on a two-fight dropping streak.