McGregor hints at third match with Poirier after shock KO defeat

Conor McGregor after his loss to Dustin Poirier
Conor McGregor after his loss to Dustin Poirier

Conor McGregor wants a trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier after his stunning loss to the former interim lightweight champion.

The Notorious suffered a brutal second-round TKO loss to the American in the early hours of Sunday morning in the main event of UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.

Poirier, 32, floored the UFC’s poster boy with a big right hand before landing two academic strikes that prompted referee Herb Dean to call a halt to proceedings.

And after tasting defeat in his rematch with The Diamond – who he knocked out in 2014 – McGregor is hellbent on having a series decider.

He said: “Me and Dustin, we’re one and one. I’m sure we’ll go again. I hurt him in the first round.

“He got a good takedown, I turned him against the fence.

“I caught him with a nice elbow, caught him with a spinning hook kick.”

He added: “Like I said before, I’m proud and honoured to have shared the octagon with him. And we’re one apiece.”

Poirier’s key victory was his calf kick to the lead leg of McGregor, whose movement was impaired from the first one that landed flush.

The Irishman insists he’ll factor those into preparation for a third fight, saying: “I’ll adopt a different approach for the trilogy with Dustin because those leg kicks are not to be messed with.

“That calf kick, that low calf kick, I’ve never experienced that.”

McGregor ran into Poirier after the fight and told his rival he wanted to run it back again.

He said: “I’m honoured to have shared the octagon [with you] and we will do it again. Alright? Good man.

“Thank you so much. Congratulations. Enjoy everything.”

Fan favourite Poirier is open to a rubber match with The Notorious, saying: “I’m happy but I’m not surprised. We’re 1-1. Maybe we have to do it again.”

UFC president Dana White is open to booking a third fight between the pair, saying: “There’s always a trilogy when you’re 1-1.”

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