We jeopardized his leg and he was in bad position early, simply from the repeated leg kicks.
” I just understand from experience how bad those things harmed,” Poirier said. Im a black belt in jiu-jitsu and Im very positive in my jiu-jitsu, but I understood the leg kicks would be an issue due to the fact that Jim Miller tore my leg up and that was a three-round battle, and I just understand how painful it is.”
Dustin Poirier handed Conor McGregor the very first knockout loss of his career at UFC 257, stopping the former two-division UFC champion in round two of their light-weight contest in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Six years after their very first match, one critical part of his strategy was assaulting the legs.
” The Diamond” spoke to the media after his big win on Fight Island and described that his strategy was “not to be heavy on my feet and throw power shots and box early,” mixing it up with kicks, battling and boxing.
” Mike Brown was genuine big on me tossing calf kicks in this battle,” Poirier stated at the post-fight interview. “Really huge on it, and it worked. We compromised his leg and he was in bad position early, just from the repetitive leg kicks.
” Even when he started examining, he wasnt exposuring to the shin, like a little rotation more, I wouldve been paying for those kicks, however I was still getting the muscle of his leg which part of your leg and muscle is thin and so little that you cant take many shots there. After the 2nd leg kick, I understood he was hurting.”
McGregor weighed in on the impact of the strikes during his post-fight interview, stating his leg was “entirely dead” and “terribly jeopardized,” like “an American football in my shoe at the minute.”
” I simply know from experience how bad those things harmed,” Poirier said. He began capturing it and trying to counter it with his left hand towards the end, but I understood they were still landing.
Not being afraid of takedowns made Poirier more confident on the feet.
” And if he did capture it and take me down, then I was gon na– its a five-round battle,” he stated. “Of course you never ever wan na quit a round, however I d to throw some submissions up and see what takes place, you know? Im a black belt in jiu-jitsu and Im very positive in my jiu-jitsu, but I knew the leg kicks would be an issue because Jim Miller tore my leg up which was a three-round battle, and I feel in ones bones how unpleasant it is.”
The UFC has yet to figure out where Poirier goes from here. On a two-fight winning streak because his attempt to unify the UFC lightweight titles versus Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2019, “The Diamond” is likely the next in line for the undisputed gold, whether it is against “The Eagle” himself or for a vacant throne.