Sunday 17 December 2017

Fans paint Vegas green as McGregor knocks out Poirier

27 September 2014; Conor McGregor, in action against Dustin Poirier. UFC 178, Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Picture credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie / SPORTSFILE
27 September 2014; Conor McGregor, in action against Dustin Poirier. UFC 178, Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Picture credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie / SPORTSFILE
27 September 2014; Conor McGregor, celebrates after defeating Dustin Poirier, in the first round during their featherweight bout. UFC 178, Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Picture credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie / SPORTSFILE
27 September 2014; Conor McGregor, in action against Dustin Poirier. UFC 178, Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Picture credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie / SPORTSFILE
27 September 2014; Conor McGregor, celebrates after defeating Dustin Poirier, in the first round during their featherweight bout. UFC 178, Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Picture credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie / SPORTSFILE
27 September 2014; Dustin Poirier, before his feather weight bout against Conor McGregor. UFC 178, Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Picture credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie / SPORTSFILE
27 September 2014; Conor McGregor, in action against Dustin Poirier. UFC 178, Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Picture credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie / SPORTSFILE
27 September 2014; Conor McGregor, before his feather weight bout against Dustin Poirier. UFC 178, Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Picture credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie / SPORTSFILE
Irish fans in full voice in Las Vegas for Conor McGregor's UFC fight against Dustin Poirier.
Conor McGregor walks away during a featherweight bout with Dustin Poirier at the UFC 178
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 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 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)
27 September 2014; Conor McGregor, walks away after knocking Dustin Poirier down, in the first round during their featherweight bout. UFC 178, Dustin Poirier v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Picture credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie / SPORTSFILE

Elaine McCahill

Irish fans were in top voice as UFC fighter Conor McGregor destroyed his opponent in the first two minutes of their fight in the early hours of yesterday morning.

McGregor had promised to beat Dustin Poirier in the first round of the UFC178 fight and he did just that, winning by TKO in just one minute and 46 seconds.

His win was all the more incredible given the featherweight had torn a number of ligaments in his thumb just four weeks ago.

title Irish fans made up at least 10pc of the crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and made their presence known, booing loudly at Poirier as he took to the octagon.

Conor's girlfriend, Dee Devlin, travelled to Vegas for the fight and said: "Wow MGM is flooded with Irish...the number one fans in the world. Out supporting the champ of the world."

And with his win yesterday, McGregor is one step closer to the world title, which he promises is "next".

Speaking to UFC commentator Joe Rogan after the fight, McGregor (26) reinforced that he wants to go all the way as he was only two fights off the top UFC178 main card.

"I wanted to come over here to America and show the American public the new era of the fighting Irish," he said.

"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 [UFC] want. I'll eliminate Chad 'Mini' Mendes and step in and give the fans what they want - Aldo versus McGregor.

"Or you know we could come back [to Dublin] and fill that football stadium [the Aviva]. Come on over, we'll whoop them on home soil or away soil. It's no problem," he added.

(The Herald)

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