Tuesday 17 October 2017

Conor McGregor lives up to his own hype with Dustin Poirier defeat in Las Vegas

'I wanted to come to America to show the new era of the fighting Irish'

Connor McGregor celebrates after defeating Dustin Poirier in their featherweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 178 on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Connor McGregor celebrates after defeating Dustin Poirier in their featherweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 178 on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Connor McGregor kicks Dustin Poirier in their featherweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 178 on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Connor McGregor celebrates after defeating Dustin Poirier in their featherweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 178 on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Connor McGregor hits Dustin Poirier during their featherweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 178 on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Connor McGregor kicks Dustin Poirier in their featherweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 178 on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Irish UFC Conor McGregor is clearly a man of his word after knocking Dustin poirier in the first round of his UFC178 fight last night.

After promising earlier this week to 'whoop Dustin Poirier's ass' in their first round of the Las Vegas showdown, he did just that . Poirier's night was over after just one minute and 46 seconds in the octagon, with McGregor's reputation growing rapidly on a global scale.

The featherweight tore ligaments in his thumb four weeks ago and emerged last night one step closer to the world title, which he promises is "next".

Read more: “I hope he likes me after I whoop his a$$” – Conor McGregor replies to Dustin Poirier’s dislike of him 

Connor McGregor kicks Dustin Poirier in their featherweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 178 on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Connor McGregor kicks Dustin Poirier in their featherweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 178 on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

“This is the new age," he told UFC commentator Joe Rogan.

“I wanted to come over here to America and show the American public the new era of the fighting Irish and I brought my whole country with me. If one of us goes to war, we all go to war.”

“You know what’s next. That world title is next. I’m gonna fly to Brazil if they want. I’ll eliminate Chad ‘Mini’ Mendez (featherweight fighter) and step in and give the fans what they want — Aldo (Jose Aldo, UFC featherweight champions) versus McGregor. Or you know we could come back and fill that football stadium [the Aviva]. Come on over, we’ll whoop them on home soil or away soil. It’s no problem.”

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