UFC 257, the first pay-per-glimpse of 2021, is in the books with Dustin Poirier scoring a sensational second-spherical knockout catch over Conor McGregor.
In a rematch of their first bout in 2014, Poirier withstood McGregor’s early assaults sooner than slicing away at the Irishman’s lead appropriate leg and knocking him out halfway during the second spherical.
In the co-principal tournament, Michael Chandler made a memorable UFC debut by knocking out Novel Zealand’s Dan Hooker in the first spherical and then calling out McGregor, Poirier and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Read on below on your whole postfight diagnosis and breakdowns from a shining day of fights.
Dustin Poirier is a true one
By his possess admission, the Dustin Poirier who lost to Conor McGregor in 2014 used to be an mad and without misfortune skittish man. He used to be overhyped and intimidated when he fell to a amazing first-spherical knockout to a McGregor on the upward thrust.
No longer so this time spherical.
Poirier has long previous up a weight class, acquired some, lost about a and fought for a world title (and an intervening time one). Birth air the Octagon, he matured, had a daughter and dived headfirst into his charity work.
The 2021 version of Poirier is more centered, calmer and more at peace with himself.
“I’m contented. I’m contented in the residing I’m and with who I look in the mediate,” he talked about after the superb catch of his occupation.
In wins over Jim Miller, Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, Max Holloway and Hooker, Poirier has official claims to being doubtlessly the most involving fighter on the UFC roster.
And though he’s had quite loads of headline spots and title fights on colossal cards, he never if truth be told got the broader standing his resume and charity work deserve.
That can commerce now.
With the eyes of the sphere looking at, Poirier simply handed McGregor one amongst his most resounding defeats, and used to be all class in his postfight interview.
Onward and upward for Dustin Poirier, a true one in every sense.
McGregor performed in by snort of no job
McGregor admitted at as soon as after the loss that his prolonged outing of the cage used to be telling.
He returned in opposition to Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone last year, however the battle didn’t last a minute. His last true Octagon outing used to be his 2018 gentle-weight title battle in opposition to Khabib.
The rust is true, and it confirmed.
McGregor landed successfully however wasn’t somewhat in the zone as Poirier countered successfully and landed quite loads of leg kicks.
What’s next for Poirier and McGregor?
If Khabib if truth be told has retired, the UFC 257 principal tournament must were for the gentle-weight title.
It wasn’t, however Poirier desires to be combating for the belt later this year. In opposition to who? Charles Oliveira per chance, or Khabib if he made up our minds to settle combating. Perchance Chandler earned a shot at the title already.
As for McGregor . . .
A third Nate Diaz bout looks somewhat appropriate. I’d also study him battle Poirier a third time, too.
Introducing Michael Chandler
Chandler simply positioned on one amongst doubtlessly the most spectacular UFC debuts in most modern reminiscence.
No longer handiest did the used Bellator gentle-weight champion land a gigantic shot that dropped the Hangman, sooner than ending it with ground and pound, the 34-year-historical then lower a sensational promo.
Chandler joins the likes of Eddie Alvarez, Gaethje and Ben Askren in debuting in the UFC off the again of standout careers in varied promotions.
Without a doubt his used to be the handiest, and he’s already in line for a shot at the 155-pound belt in the now not-too-a ways-off future.
Hooker didn’t retire, did he?
Hooker would possibly per chance perhaps well not gain one thing else off in the duration of time his battle with Chandler lasted.
Afterward, as Bruce Buffer used to be reading out the close outcome, the Kiwi would possibly per chance perhaps well be considered undoing the tape on his gloves and pulling them off.
In accordance to Daniel Cormier in commentary, Hooker threw the gloves on the bottom and left him in the cage, generally a model that a fighter intends to retire.
I if truth be told hope that is now not the case.
Herb, we make a choice to discuss
In the event you referee as many high-profile fights over the form of very prolonged time as Herb Dean has, you are gallop to produce the unfamiliar mistake or two alongside the vogue.
It gave the impact as though the old college ref used to be stopping the strawweight bout between Marina Rodriguez and Amanda Ribas when Ribas used to be caught with an correct hand in the second spherical. As a replacement, he stepped in however pulled up rapid, making Rodriguez think she’d acquired.
The battle persisted and Rodriguez acquired a rapid whereas later, however it wasn’t an correct witness and it’s not the first time he’s gotten it nasty.
Julianna Pena calls out Amanda Nunes . . . and Nunes hits again
Pena earned a third-spherical RNC submission catch over fellow UFC old college Sarah McMann and then promptly known as out Nunes, claiming the longtime bantamweight champion used to be ducking her.
It didn’t judge prolonged for Nunes to respond.
What used to be in the rep?
Yeah, I’m gonna contain to know what used to be in the rep one amongst Ottman Azaitar’s boys delivered to him on Battle Island.
In case you do not know the backstory, hit this hyperlink appropriate here, however the rapid version of it goes esteem this: No longer up to a outing from his scheduled battle with Matt Frevola, Azaitar used to be sensationally lower from the UFC totally after he and his crew gave their security wristbands to several varied of us that had been then ready to enter the bubble of the W Resort.
In accordance to UFC president Dana White, one amongst the males who had been given a wristband “confirmed up here with a rep, went into a room, shimmied across four balconies, went in his room, dropped off the rep, modified his apparel and then left.”
And, I simply contain to know what used to be in the rep.
For the affirm, White talked about he had “no clue” what used to be in the rep.
Issues with ESPN+ after streaming crackdown
White talked a colossal sport about clamping down on unlawful streamers earlier than UFC 257, however on battle evening it used to be the lawful spin having problems.
When the pay-per-glimpse portion of the card kicked off, MMA followers, warring parties and even varied celebrities flooded Twitter asserting ESPN+ wasn’t permitting them to gain entry to the published.
Wonder if the two had been connected.
They’re it sounds as if that is the case fixated on unlawful streamers they forgot to condo their lawful ones
— Dave Doyle (@davedoylemma) January 24, 2021
Right here is wild. 25 minutes into the PPV and peaceable can now not gain entry to it. Stress-free times!
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) January 24, 2021