UFC 257 – Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 2 LIVE REACTION: Notorious leg injury LATEST, next fight updates

DUSTIN POIRIER stunned Conor McGregor with a devastating second round knockout victory at UFC 257.

Underdog Poirier let fly with a brutal punching combo to drop Notorious as he avenged his defeat in their first match six years ago to leave Fight Island in shock.

Follow ALL of the latest updates and reaction from Abu Dhabi below…

  • Anthony Chapman

    DOWN IN A HOLE

    Conor McGregor has looked to pick himself up from his defeat to Dustin Poirier… by having a go on a DIGGER.

    The Irishman uploaded a clip to social media on Monday showing him behind the wheel.

    McGregor said: "Back on the sites, it happens to the best of us.

    "We'll build it back!"

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    A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma)

  • Anthony Chapman

    NEW APPROACH

    Conor McGregor is confident he will take the trilogy against Dustin Poirier with new tactics.

    The Irishman said: “I don’t know, man, I don’t know – you know, don’t just write me off yet.

    “I’ll adopt a different approach for the trilogy with Dustin because those leg kicks are not to be messed with.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    KHAB FARE

    Khabib Nurmagomedov is the man every UFC fans wants to see back in the octagon.

    But the legendary Russian brawler could be set for a new career… in football.

    Declaring himself a free agent, Khabib took to social media searching for a club.

    However, considering he is one of the greatest MMA fighters ever, and has been tipped for a comeback despite retiring, Khabib’s announcement should probably be taken with a pinch of salt…

    He said: "Preparing for my football debut. I’m free agent, and ready to accept offers."

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    A post shared by Khabib Nurmagomedov (@khabib_nurmagomedov)

  • Joe Brophy

    MAY-TIVATED

    Floyd Mayweather is training for his exhibition fight with Logan Paul as if he's getting ready to face one of the 'top welterweights' in the world.

    According to WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney, Paul's record hasn't prompted the 43-year-old Mayweather to take the fight lightly.

    Haney told Sky Sports: "His work ethic is crazy because he is still working. He still gets up at 5 or 6am to go running.

    "He is training in the gym. He works like he's going to fight one of the top welterweights today."

    Mayweather's last competitive fight took place in August 2017 and saw him lock horns with UFC superstar Conor McGregor, who he registered a tenth-round TKO victory over to stretch his perfect record to 50-0.

    But as SunSport revealed last week, the Money man is locked in talks over a blockbuster rematch with The Notorious.

  • Joe Brophy

    WHAT A CON

    Conor McGregor has admitted a shout from Dustin Poirier's cornerman got into his head during their UFC 257 showdown.

    Poirier, 32, deployed a perfect game plan to take out The Notorious, who he crippled with leg and calf kicks.

    One of the debilitating kicks drew a huge reaction from one of Poirier's cornerman, former UFC welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves.

    And the reaction of Alves – who was famed for his brutal kicks during his rise to title contention – had a profound effect on McGregor.

    He said: "One of them sunk in early and Thiago said, 'That was a good one'.

    "And I was in my head, thinking, 'You b*d, that was a good one'. And then it started accumulating up."

  • Chisanga Malata

    Doctor's breakdown

    Physician Brian Sutterer has given an in-depth breakdown into the devastating effect Dustin Poirier's calf kicks had on Conor McGregor's lead leg.

    In a view on his YouTube channel, he said:"A kick in this area is specifically targeting something we call the common fibular nerve…it's the nerve that supplies muscle control to part of the lower leg, but also some of the sensation.

    "Pay attention to exactly where Poirier's leg is making contact with McGregor's, it's just below his knee.

    "This is where these UFC fighters are trying to strike to have these effective calf kicks.

    "The green nerve [in the video] is that common fibular nerve, and what's important about it is how superficial it is, meaning how close it is to the skin.

    "A lot of other big nerves in our body are deep beneath skin or deep beneath muscle, and so they're pretty well protected.

    "But this nerve in particular is really close to the surface and really susceptible to these stuns and getting injured."

  • Chisanga Malata

    ANOTHER BLOW FOR CONOR

    Conor McGregor went into his UFC 257 showdown with Dustin Poirier set on having a boxing match with Manny Pacquiao later this year.

    But judging from Ryan Garcia's recent Instagram post, those hopes have gone up in smoke.

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    A post shared by Ryan Garcia (@kingryan)

  • Chisanga Malata

    CONOR MCGREGOR UPDATE FROM COACH

    SBG Ireland chief John Kavanagh has given an update on Conor McGregor following his UFC 257 defeat to Dustin Poirier.

    During an Instagram Live, he said: "We had a big fight and unfortunately we came up short but here's the secret; you will live with it, we are all disappointed but we're OK.

    "In Conor's case the last six months have been amazing.

    "The disciple and effort he put in… when you've done that, when you've left no stone unturned, you've made every training session, you've made weight the right way, you've make the walk, competed as hard as you could.

    "Competition has two sides to the coin, winning and losing, and sometimes it's going to fall on the losing side.

    "That's something you have to get used to; the quicker you get used to losing, the quicker you are going to have success."

    Conor McGregor looks on before his UFC 257 defeat to Dustin PoirierCredit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Chisanga Malata

    WHO NEXT FOR CONOR?

    With his UFC career potentially on the line with another loss, Conor McGregor's next fight is a crucial one.

    Team McGregor now have the difficult task of choosing an opponent who will be a draw and have significant relevance in the lightweight division.

    SunSport have already compiled a list of five potential opponents for The Notorious' next octagon outing.

    Conor McGregor's next fight is a must-win affairCredit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Chisanga Malata

    CONOR MCGREGOR'S COACH REACTS TO DEFEAT AT UFC 257

    John Kavanagh took to Instagram not long after Conor McGregor's stunning UFC 257 defeat to Dustin Poirier.

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    A post shared by Coach Kavanagh (@coach_kavanagh)

  • Chisanga Malata

    SIGN ME UP

    Nate Diaz is still keen on getting his hands on Dustin Poirier.

    I know Poirier should be fighting for a title next, but these two have unfinished business.

  • Chisanga Malata

    TWO GENTS

    Dustin Poirier and Manny Pacquiao have been exchanging pleasantries on Twitter.

  • Chisanga Malata

    WE CALLED IT

    SunSport's Chisanga Malata forewarned of the potential impact leg kicks, in particular calf kicks, would have on Conor McGregor if they went unchecked.

  • Chisanga Malata

    DIAZ DISS

    Of course Nate Diaz was going to have his say on his old rival's first stoppage loss.

    That's fighting talk from the Stockton slugger.

  • Chisanga Malata

    SCORECARDS

    Although the judges' scorecards mattered little in the end, all three officials had Conor McGregor winning the first round of his comeback fight.

    The judges' UFC 257 main event scorecards
  • Chisanga Malata

    STELLAR RESUME

    Just look at some of the former world champions Dustin Poirier has defeated in the last few years.

  • Chisanga Malata

    UNCROWNED KING

    Dustin Poirier has declared himself the uncrowned UFC lightweight champion.

    And with Khabib Nurmagomedov out of the picture, who can argue with him.

    There's not a better active 155lb fighter on the planet than The Diamond.

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    A post shared by Dustin Poirier (@dustinpoirier)

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING FIGHT FANS

    Conor McGregor has claimed that he did not mess around with his backroom team before his defeat to Dustin Poirier.

    Khabib Nurmagomedov remarked that the Irishman had been sparring with ‘little kids’ ahead of the bout.

    McGregor hit back: “My team has been the team since day one. I’ve not changed any team.

    “It is what it is, respect the athlete – and that’s the character of the man behind the mask.

    “Whatever. What does he want to do? Does he want to come back or not?”

    Meanwhile, Khabib has opened the door to his next career…

    In an Instagram post, he wrote: “Preparing for my football debut.

    “I’m free agent, and ready to accept offers.”

    And Charles Oliveira has put himself forward to face Poirier after downing Tony Ferguson last month.

    The Brazilian wrote online: “I hope to see you soon, @DustinPoirier . Once again congrats for last night's performance.

    “Hard work pays off, and you delivered. Let's do it.”

  • sstreet

    LOU-K AT THAT

    They make them tough in Louisiana!

    Dustin Poirier picked up a few bruises but was a comfortable winner over Conor McGregor.

  • sstreet

    NUR WRONG

    Conor McGregor has hit back after Khabib Nurmagomedov claimed ‘sparring with little kids’ led to his shock defeat to Dustin Poirier.

    The Notorious’ much-hyped return after a year of inactivity did not go to plan as he was knocked out in the second round of UFC 257’s main event clash on Fight Island.

    The Irishman said: “My team has been the team since day one. I’ve not changed any team.

    “It is what it is, respect the athlete – and that’s the character of the man behind the mask.

    “Whatever. What does he want to do? Does he want to come back or not?”

  • sstreet

    KHAB'S ALL FOLKS

    In addition to Dana White's comments, Khabib Nurmagomedov himself dropped a big hint that he will not come out of retirement.

    He posted a tribute to UFC boss White on Instagram, commenting: "You can like him or hate, but you have to Respect him.

    "This guy build this sport @ufc

    "Thank you for everything @danawhite. I have so much respect for you."

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    A post shared by Khabib Nurmagomedov (@khabib_nurmagomedov)

  • sstreet

    ROCKET KHAB

    Khabib Nurmagomedov has told Dana White that he will not come out of retirement… because the competition is so bad.

    The Russian had promised to reconsider retirement until he'd seen UFC 257, but after seeing McGregor KOd by Poirier – a fighter he outclassed – White says he has decided to stay retired.

    The UFC boss commented: “He said to me, ‘Dana, be honest with yourself. I’m on so many levels above these guys, I beat these guys’.

    “I don’t know what… but it doesn’t sound very positive.

    “And what he said was I told you guys before, he won’t hold the division up. He already retired.

    “He’s basically retired and I’m that one that’s been trying to get him to do one more.”

    And if Khabib were to air that view in public, he might sound a little like snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan…

  • sstreet

    MAC WILL BE BACK

    Conor McGregor said ‘don’t write me off just yet’ as he suggested a grappling approach next time against Dustin Poirier could earn him a victory.

    The Dubliner, 32, was outwitted by Poirier’s calf kick-heavy tactics that immobilised him before being rocked and finished in the second round.

    He said: “I don’t know, man, I don’t know – you know, don’t just write me off yet.”

    He added: “I’ll adopt a different approach for the trilogy with Dustin because those leg kicks are not to be messed with.”

  • Marc Mayo

    PRINCE CHARLES

    Charles Oliveira fancies Dustin Poirier for his next fight after the American downed Conor McGregor.

    The Brazilian beat Tony Ferguson last month to rack up his eighth-straight win.

  • sstreet

    PUNCH DRUNK

    Conor McGregor was brutally knocked out by Dustin Poirier and the stats showed the fight was just as one-sided as the second round KO suggested.

    Poirier landed 18 kicks – compared to McGregor's two attempts.

    And he was completely outfought in the stand-up game, landing 29 significant strikes compared to Poirier’s 48.

    His 43 per cent significant strike rate was notably inferior to The Diamond's 52 per cent.

    McGregor also failed to make the most of his two inch reach advantage, connecting 27 significant strikes at the distance compared to Poirier's 46.

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