“I saw the same look in his eyes”- Dustin Poirier knew Conor McGregor’s end was near in the trilogy fight at UFC 264


Conor McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier at the recently concluded UFC 264

Conor McGregor suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time in his career as he went down to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.

The Irishman could do nothing but vent out his frustration after his ankle broke at the end of the first round. The fight was awarded to Poirier via. TKO due to a doctor stoppage.

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Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor at UFC 264 (UFC)

McGregor was the aggressor during the first half of the first round, and the fight went into the ground a while later.

In a recent interview with legendary boxing trainer Teddy Atlas, Dustin Poirier claimed that he would have finished McGregor had he not engaged in the clinch, before going on to say that he was just a punch or two away from finishing him.

Poirier was quoted as saying:

“He was hurt on the feet. If he wouldn’t have engaged in the clinch, I think I would have finished him there. I saw the same look in his eyes. I knew I was a punch or two away from sitting him down.” [via RT Sport YouTube]

Anthony Smith is having none of Conor McGregor’s pre-fight injury claims

Once he was discharged from the hospital following the surgery on his ankle, McGregor revealed that he had been suffering from multiple stress fractures and a troublesome ankle going into the fight against Poirier.

However, UFC light-heavyweight Anthony Smith was having none of it. Speaking to Sirius XM, ‘Lionheart Smith’ stated that these were just excuses and were totally invalid to him.

Smith said:

“It’s easy for a fan or someone who has never done it to say, ‘Oh, he was hurt.’ We’re all hurt. Every single one of us, every single time we fight. There’s not one person that can ever say they go in 100 percent healthy. So his excuses are very invalid to me. To the general public, it makes sense that they people would buy into that excuse but Conor knows that all of us don’t buy it because we’re all hurt too. So, that’s how I look at it, but he’s not lobbying to us. It’s to the general public, the buyers, the PPV buyers. Those are the people he needs to convince but he knows he’s never gonna convince us.”

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