What Happened the First Time Conor McGregor Fought Dustin Poirier at UFC 178?
This weekend, all eyes will be on UFC 257 as the company’s biggest name, Conor McGregor, makes his return to the octagon after more than a year away from the sport of mixed martial arts.
In his return, he’ll be facing off against one of the best lightweights in the world in Dustin Poirier. Poirier is the No. 2 contender in the lightweight division and the No. 7 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the entire company.
McGregor is ranked fourth in the weight class and 13th in the pound-for-pound rankings, but still comes into Saturday night’s UFC 257 main event as a sizeable favorite. Why is that? At least part of the reason is the fact that McGregor has already beaten Poirier, in a first-round TKO back in 2014. But what exactly happened the first time Conor McGregor fought Dustin Poirier at UFC 178? Let’s take a look.
Poirier vs. McGregor – UFC 178
Almost everything was different the first time these two fought. The first bout was fought at featherweight, featured a McGregor that opened as an underdog and trotted out two fighters that had yet to ascend to superstardom.
McGregor opened as a +190 underdog prior to the fight getting underway, but, due to a large number of bets coming in on the Irishman, his odds were slashed all the way down to -276 by the time he stepped in the cage.
From the very start of the fight, McGregor looked to be the aggressor. He started out with a flurry of spinning back kicks, an attempted hook kick and combinations that landed flush. Eventually, just 1:46 into the first round, a left hook caught Poirier behind the ear, sending him to the mat and allowing McGregor to finish the fight while raining down strikes.
At -276, oddsmakers were implying a 73.4% chance McGregor would win, which he did in less than two minutes. Poirier opened at -225 but went off at +159, odds that imply just a 38.6% shot at victory.
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There will be no massive odds shift for this Saturday's fight, as McGregor has been the overwhelming favorite since the fight was announced. McGregor is currently a -300 favorite over Poirier, whose best odds sit at +250 just a few days away from UFC 257.
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