- Conor McGregor broke his leg during a first-round loss to Dustin Poirier.
- Former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov watched the match.
- “Good always defeats evil,” he said on Twitter.
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It was a case of repeat, rather than revenge, as Poirier scored a second stoppage win over McGregor, having beaten him by knockout earlier this year.
Six months from that shellacking on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, Poirier established authority on the ground during their high-stakes trilogy inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Moments before the end of the first round, after a Poirier combination, McGregor reset. But when he planted his left foot, his leg buckled from beneath him as his lower leg had snapped.
He was stretchered out of the arena after delivering an epic but bizarre post-fight rant while nursing his broken bone.
Reacting on Twitter, Nurmagomedov said: “Good always defeats evil.”
How long McGregor will be injured is unclear, and a fourth fight between them could be an option for when he is fit to return to competitive MMA. Poirier will likely fight Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title, meanwhile.
It would be a championship bout that Nurmagomedov hopes Poirier wins.
“Very happy for Dustin Poirier,” the former champion said. “I hope you will get the belt end of the year.”
-khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) July 11, 2021
Nurmagomedov holds wins over both McGregor and Poirier.
He retired unbeaten in 2020 with a flawless pro-MMA record of 29 wins (eight knockouts, 11 submissions, and ten decisions).