Conor McGregor shows off his busted leg that was the size of an American football and left him on crutches after Dustin Poirier KO and insists there WILL be a trilogy fight
- Conor McGregor’s UFC return was marked with a knockout loss by Dustin Poirier
- The Irishman was sent crashing down with a busted leg in a brutal second round
- Poirier opting to attack his opponent’s lead leg helped him set up a trilogy fight
- McGregor has posted a photo on Instagram showing him resting his bruised leg
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Conor McGregor has shown off the battered right leg he sustained during his explosive defeat by Dustin Poirier – and also revealed there will be a third fight between the two superstars.
The Notorious was sent crashing down in the second round on Fight Island on Saturday night – with Poirier opting to attack his front leg in a ferocious barrage and eventually inflicting McGregor’s first ever knockout loss.
And after revealing his grizzly swelling was soon the size of an ‘American football’, McGregor took to Instagram to post a photo of himself with an elevated leg and hailed Poirier.
Conor McGregor has shown off the battered right leg sustained in his defeat by Dustin Poirier
His highly-anticipated UFC return had spectacularly fallen flat in Abu Dhabi after another year spent in retirement.
Poirier managed to ride out the fast start from McGregor in the first round and even landed an early takedown.
His assault on McGregor’s lead leg then quickly took its toll – with his opponent notably struggling with his movement and being forced backwards.
Poirier rode out the first round and sent McGregor crashing with a barrage of blows soon after
A devastating uppercut and strong right hook from Poirier delivered the crucial blows, with referee Herb Dean stepping in to wave off the contest.
McGregor was found in a positive mood the morning after his setback, however, and is relishing the prospect of a trilogy showdown.
Alongside the Instagram photo, he wrote: ‘Thanks for the support everyone! Was not my night/morning in there but a great contest to improve on.
‘I’m excited at the blockbuster trilogy I now have on my hands. Dustin is a hell of a competitor and I look forward to going again.
McGregor was left reeling after Poirier unleashed a flurry of attacks on his damaged lead leg
‘Elevating the leg and the spirit on my way home. God bless us all, happy Sunday.’
But just hours before, the outspoken Irishman was forced to hobble to the post-fight press conference on crutches.
He was seen gingerly making his way around the Etihad Arena with walking support – and wasted no time in outlining the extent of his battle scars.
The Notorious was spotted gingerly hobbling to his post-fight press conference on crutches
He said: ‘It’s heartbreaking, it’s hard to take, highest highs and the lowest lows. My leg is completely dead – even though I felt like I was checking them I was badly compromised. It is like an American football in my suit at the minute.
‘Dustin had a hell of a fight. I felt alright in the second round, felt better than him in the clinch but too little too late – my leg was compromised and I didn’t adjust.
‘Fair play to Dustin, I am happy for him. I am happy to compete in these challenging times. I don’t know where I am at the minute. He fought a hell of a fight but what can you do, I am happy for him.’