Conor McGregor suffers horror ankle break to lose trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264

Conor McGregor suffers horror ankle break to lose trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264
Conor McGregor suffers horror ankle break to lose trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264
McGregor left the arena on a stretcher after his freak injury (Picture: Getty)

Conor McGregor suffered a horror ankle break in his trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.

In the final seconds of a breathless first round, McGregor buckled after an exchange of punches, immediately falling to the mat.

The Dubliner’s ankle appeared to snap as he stepped back, unable to continue with Poirier’s getting the win via a doctor’s stoppage.

It goes down as a second consecutive defeat against Poirier for the former featherweight and lightweight champion, who demanded a rematch as he lay stricken inside the octagon.

In an explosive first round, McGregor went to work with a series of vicious leg kicks, a clear change of tactics from their second bout in January.

Poirier kept his cool however, avoiding a guillotine attempt from the Irishman as the two exchanged heavy elbow shots on the ground.

The American closed the round strong as the two rose to their feet for a final exchange in the final moments.

But as both men threw big shots – with both missing – McGregor stumbled backwards and horribly rolled his ankle.

It was immediately clear the fight was over with replays showing the extent of the injury.

It brought an unfortunate conclusion to the trilogy fight after what promised to be an explosive encounter.

‘Notorious’ secured a first round TKO win in their first meeting back in 2014 while on the rise to becoming the biggest name in mixed martial arts.

Poirier secured revenge last January however, knocking out the Dubliner in the second round.


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Author: Tony Mogan