Conor McGregor was forced to retire from his UFC 264 trilogy bout against Dustin Poirier with what seemed to be a broken ankle in the first round.
After seven years of trash talking, two previous fights and the biggest build up in recent years, the third fight between two of the biggest lightweights in UFC history ended somewhat anti-climatically.
McGregor started the bout well, looking loose and fluid as opposed to the way he looked on Fight Island at UFC 257.
As he tried to jump into a guillotine on Poirier, ‘The Diamond’ poured on the pressure on the ground and left McGregor bleeding from the ear and the mouth.
As the two men got back to their feet, McGregor missed with a big left hand and twister his left ankle – seemingly breaking it as he screamed out in pain.
Referee Herb Dean had no option but to call in the doctor to end the fight and declare Poirier the winner of this fight and the trilogy.
The Irishman then continued to verbally attack both Dustin and Jolie Poirier, who came in to celebrate with her husband.
During an interview with Joe Rogan, a seething McGregor said he would carry on the fight outside and mocked Jolie Poirier.
Although the fight ending was unsatisfactory for fans, Poirier was beating the former two-weight world champion on the ground and referee Dean was hovering around waiting to finish the fight if needs be.