Dustin Poirier said he struggled to win against McGregor. He even thought he lost after the first half ended.
Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor recently had their first rematch at UFC 257 on January 23. Poirier was the winner thanks to a technical knock-out (TKO) after 2 minutes 32 seconds of the second half.
Despite winning the UFC 257, Dustin Poirier admitted that he thought he almost lost in the first half, not only losing points to Conor McGregor but also almost being knocked out. In the post-match press conference, Poirier revealed that despite winning, he was also struggling against McGregor.
“Conor’s left hand punch is pretty good. Nothing serious, but he really stunned me, “said Dustin Poirier. “If at that moment he kept putting pressure and getting me hit again, I think I would most likely fall.”
“When I sweep the Conor turret and fall, I was really surprised that I made it so easy. It could be because I caught a good timing, or I did it really well. “
Fortunately, he was able to clear the situation in the second half with low-range kicks to break the tower. Then, Poirier continued to repel McGregor with a series of attacks, before closing the opponent with a right hook in the middle of the second half.
“I got a pretty sore left punch – Conor’s left hand punch is really fast and strong, no joke. But, I caught the beat of Conor. I backed away, threw a hook. Yes, back off again, then put in some more jabs. “
The judges’ transcripts also showed that the first half was completely inclined towards Conor McGregor. The entire 2-person referee board including Ben Cartlidge, Sal D’Amato and David Lethaby all scored 10 points for Conor and 9 points for Poirier in the first half.