Mike Bohn: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor at UFC 257

Recency bias often skews our vision in the fight game, but even months later the visual of Dustin Poirier knocking out Conor McGregor in January’s UFC 257 main event remains strong in mind.

Poirier opened the UFC’s 2021 pay-per-view calendar with a highly anticipated rematch against the biggest star in the sport. After McGregor won the first fight in September 2014 with a quick knockout, many believed he was going to repeat in his return from a 12-month layoff and insert himself back in the lightweight title picture.

“The Diamond” had other plans in that big moment, though, and in a tense battle delivered huge by becoming the first to stop McGregor with strikes after a heavy dosage of leg kicks did damage to set up the TKO.

Poirier vs. McGregor has been the only non-title pay-per-view main event this year, so the stakes may not have been quite has high as some other significant fights on the calendar where belts were on the line. When McGregor competes it transcends the sport, though, and there were more eyeballs on this fight than any other in 2021, and by a good margin.

Poirier came through in that spot and beat McGregor in a fashion unlike any man before him. That’s something that will be forever remembered in the sport, and the meaning of that moment is only heightened by the fact the pair are scheduled for a trilogy bout at UFC 264 on July 10.

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