Khabib Nurmagomedov clearly tuned in to watch Conor McGregor square off with Dustin Poirier for a second time at UFC 257.
The highly anticipated lightweight headliner served as a rematch, as Poirier and McGregor had previously squared off in a featherweight bout in 2014. That September evening in Las Vegas, the Irishman emerged victorious by way of first round TKO.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has a history with both men, having submitted Conor McGregor at UFC 229, before going on to choke out Dustin Poirier at UFC 242.
McGregor (22-4 MMA) was stepping foot in the Octagon for the first time in twelve months at UFC 257. ‘Notorious’ had most previously competed at UFC 246 in January of 2020, where he needed just 46-seconds to destroy Donald Cerrone.
Meanwhile, Dustin Poirier (26-6 MMA) had entered tonight’s rematch with Conor McGregor looking to build off the momentum of his thrilling unanimous decision victory over Dan Hooker from back in June. That win was preceded by Poirier’s aforementioned loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in September of 2019.
Tonight’s UFC 257 main event proved to be a story of two rounds. Conor McGregor got off to a good start in the opening round but the tide quickly turned in favor of Dustin Poirier in round two. ‘The Diamond’ would eventually unload a plethora of punches on the Irish star causing him to hit the canvas. From there, Poirier put McGregor away with ground and pound.
Official UFC 257 Result: Dustin Poirier def. Conor McGregor via TKO in Round 2
Check out how Khabib Nurmagomedov reacted to Poirier defeating McGregor below:
This is what happened, when you change your team, leave the sparring partners who made you a champion and sparring with little kids, far away from reality.
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 24, 2021
“This is what happened, when you change your team, leave the sparring partners who made you a champion and sparring with little kids, far away from reality.” – Khabib wrote.
Who would you like to see Dustin Poirier fight next following his TKO victory over Conor McGregor this evening on Yas Island? Share your thoughts in the comment section PENN Nation!This article appeared first on BJPENN.COM