Conor McGregor broke his ankle against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. The highly anticipated trilogy featured both fighters going all out to decide who was the better man.
Conor McGregor breaks ankle against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264
Last time, McGregor became an instant meme for that wild knockout and his pose on the ground.
This time, the story will be the gruesome injury he suffered early in the fight.
El Diamante exuded confidence during the weigh-ins and all the press conferences leading up to this meeting at The Octagon. Some believed the embarrassment of such a punishing defeat would reinvigorate The Notorious, but Poirier would have none of it.
UFC athletes are hardened by their intense training regimen and the cutthroat environment where everyone is vying for their shot at a title and a bigger payday.
Now, Poirier will be a force to contend with, as the world knows his name as the man who shed the brightest light in the sport twice.
And for Conor, the long road to rehab begins.
THE TRILOGY ENDS IN HEARTBREAK.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) July 11, 2021
The Diamond spoke to ESPN about how he’s changed since that fateful meeting in 2014 and what he was looking forward to heading into UFC 264.
“I felt like I saw a guy who wasn’t sure of himself, scared, trying to hype himself up.
I felt good. I feel like he has to work hard to be that guy, and I’m that guy. I don’t have to do that. I know if he would have gotten close enough, he would have seen it, and that’s it.
I know who I am. I don’t have to be crazy.
He continued, “I knew he was going to act crazy. But seeing him in person, it made me feel good because he got that little guy, not the one I used to be, I feel, through my eyes, anyway.”