Conor McGregor mentioned he would walk Dustin Poirier “around the octagon like a canine.” In its place, he laid future to the cage with a cadre of medics attending to him even though the referee, Herb Dean, raised Poirier’s still left hand in victory.

At the stop of the very first round, McGregor threw a punch, but stepped again and landed awkwardly on his still left leg, showing up to break a bone. The fight concluded due to the fact McGregor was unable to proceed.

Immediately after a 7 days of rigorous buildup, the hostility involving the two adult men did not simplicity and in fact appeared to escalate. For the duration of his octagon interview, Poirier called McGregor “a dirtbag.” McGregor, nevertheless on the floor future to the commentator Joe Rogan, insulted Poirier’s spouse.

It was the 3rd combat in between the two lightweights, a grudge match intended to settle the score and anoint a new unquestioned challenger for the winner of the 155-pound division, Charles Oliveira. Now, it leaves an inconclusive final result that most possible will have to have a fourth consider, though almost certainly not in the fast long run.

“This is not more than,” McGregor said.

U.F.C. President Dana White informed reporters soon after the bout that Poirier would combat Oliveira up coming and that McGregor would undertake surgical treatment on Sunday. White reported he is open to matching McGregor and Poirier up once more.

The anticlimactic ending concluded a night time of enjoyable fights, from the aerodynamics of Niko Value to the chess match, stylistic showdown in between Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson.

Burns gained the co-main occasion by using decision. The bout pitted Burns, a jujitsu professional, in opposition to Thompson, a karate striker. Thompson landed clean up shots, but Burns made use of his know-how on the ground to earn on the scorecards.

Irene Aldana, the No. 4 rated woman bantamweight fighter, executed a stout performance in opposition to No. 5 ranked Yana Kunitskaya, offering effective blows and finishing her in the initially round. Aldana has gained 3 of her previous 4 fights, her most new defeat coming from a former champion, Holly Holm. Aldana will undoubtedly transfer up in the rankings and she could either challenge Amanda Nunes, the recent champion, or could draw a further major contender.

Sean O’Malley, a rising bantamweight, concluded Kris Moutinho in the 3rd spherical immediately after exhibiting a placing clinic. Moutinho’s confront appeared so bloody and absorbed so substantially problems that referee Herb Dean mercifully stopped the fight. O’Malley, a enthusiast most loved, will most possible up coming struggle an opponent rated in the leading 15 in the division.

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