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The trilogy bout at UFC 264 was waved off immediately by referee Herb Dean following McGregor's nasty injury right before the buzzer sounded for the end of the opening round.
Sat on the canvas and up against the cage, McGregor vented in an interview with Joe Rogan, where he claimed to have been "boxing the bleeding head off" Poirier and "kicking the bleeding leg off" his opponent.
But all three judges at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas saw it very differently. Sal D'Amato scored it 10-9 to Poirier, while both Derek Cleary and Junichiro Kamijo both went for 10-8 to 'The Diamond'.
#UFC264 Official Scorecard: Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor
View All Official Scorecards: https://t.co/DVjnvBTkEF pic.twitter.com/VVbUk1KJGJ
- UFC News (@UFCNews) July 11, 2021
Poirier landed 36 significant strikes compared to McGregor's 27 - 28 of which came on the ground for the Louisiana fighter.
McGregor sustained the injury when he missed a punch attempt and stepped backwards, his leg completely buckling under him as he fell to the mat.
He was able to see out the remaining seconds of the round but could not continue. Poirier was awarded the win and taunted McGregor by doing his 'Billy Strut' when his hand was raised, as well as branding him a "dirtbag".
Poirier's other half, Jolie, flipped the bird at the Notorious in response to McGregor's claims she had been in his Instagram DM's.
McGregor was wheeled out on a stretcher and taken to hospital. He is now set to undergo surgery on his leg and facing a lengthy period away from the Octagon.
Conor McGregor was taken out on a stretcher after suffering a leg injury at #UFC264 pic.twitter.com/eQe9fa09YJ
- ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 11, 2021
"Lower tibia. The shin, I guess," UFC president Dana White said when asked specifically about McGregor's injury in the post-fight press conference.
"I don't know how the f*ck they figured that out that quick.
"Conor goes into surgery tomorrow. We don't know long how he's going to be out. How much his rehab and therapy he's going to need."
White has not ruled out a fourth fight between McGregor and Poirier but the No.1 ranked lightweight is now slated to face champion Charles Oliveira for the strap later this year.
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