Dustin Poirer pulled off an impressive upset in the octagon, downing the favored Conor McGregor by knockout at UFC 257 on Saturday night.
The 32-year-old American got off to a slow start, giving McGregor the early advantage. However, the Irishman suffered an apparent leg injury near the end of the first round, hindering his performance significantly. Poirer took advantage and continued to rely on his boxing. He eventually knocked down McGregor in the middle of the second round, at which point the official stopped the fight and declared him the winner.
The bout marked McGregor's first knockout loss of his career. The 32-year-old Irishman came out of a quasi-retirement just a few months ago and Saturday's fight was his first in a full calendar year. The break from UFC clearly showed and Poirer stole the show.
After UFC 257 concluded, the two fighters shared a touching moment as McGregor hobbled out of the building.
"I'm very happy for you. You're a [expletive] warrior. You've got passion, courage everything it takes..." McGregor said to Poirer per UFC on BT Sport. "I'm honored to share to octagon with you and we will do it again. Good match."
Stopping to have a conversation was a classy move on McGregor's part, especially given the fact that he was clearly banged up after the fight. The 32-year-old limped away from the octagon on Saturday night, using a single crutch as he left the building.
UFC fans fixated on one particular phrase that McGregor repeated to Poirer during the conversation. The Irishman repeated "we'll do it again", implying that a third fight between the two lightweights could be coming down the pipe. That match would be the decisive one in the series, currently tied at 1-1.
For now, McGregor will go recover and determine if another fight will be in his future.