Conor McGregor’s pre-fight taunt backfires as Irishman loses to Dustin Poirier

Conor McGregor vowed to send Dustin Poirier out of the cage on a stretcher, but it was he who ended up being taken to hospital with a broken leg.

The Irishman was incredibly aggressive in the build-up to their trilogy fight, and said he was planning to take Poirier's life in the cage.

But the bout ended after the first round when McGregor gruesomely broke his ankle stepping back to evade a shot, forcing the doctor to rule him unfit to continue. The Dubliner then left the cage on a stretcher.

After arriving in Las Vegas ahead of the bout, he told his website The MacLife : "Every shot I have thrown in this camp is a kill shot, so that’s it. I’m going to kill this man.

"Just a slaughter and a play with a scared little boy. He’s fighting scared like he always does, like they always do against me, so now I’m going to play with the little boy, play with me food, and then just devour it.

"He’s a corpse; a dead body, a blank face that’s going to get his ass whooped and taken out on a stretcher."

McGregor cut deep with his trash talk going into the bout, and claimed that Poirier's wife Jolie had 'slid into his DMs', a claim which he reiterated in an x-rated rant after the fight.

He claimed that his rivalry with Poirier was 'not over', and threatened to attack his rival outside the venue after the show.

"I was boxing the ears off him, kicking the legs off him, usual s**** he dived to close the distance," McGregor told Rogan after the bout.

"This is not over! If I have to take this outside with him it's on outside I don't give a b*******, there was no check [on a leg kick], there was not one of them I checked."

And while UFC president Dana White has said the fourth bout is likely for McGregor, Poirier has first earned a lightweight title shot against Charles Oliveira.

Poirier has never managed to win the undisputed title in the promotion, but he was interim champion in 2019 after beating Max Holloway.

He faced Khabib Nurmagomedov to unify the division in Abu Dhabi, but lost to the legendary champion in the third round via rear naked choke.

McGregor last held the belt in 2016 when he stopped Eddie Alvarez in the second round but was later stripped when he agreed to a boxing fight with Floyd Mayweather.

It remains to be seen what his next move will be, but his path to the lightweight title will be a long one after this latest setback.

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