Conor McGregor Reacts to Rival Dustin Poirier’s UFC Fight Night Win

Conor McGregor & Dustin Poirier

Getty Conor McGregor & Dustin Poirier

On Saturday, June 27, Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier got back on the winning track when he defeated Dan “The Hangman” Hooker at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Hooker. For five rounds, the two elite lightweight fighters gave it there all in what turned out to be a fight of the year candidate.

In the end, No. 3 ranked Poirier defeated No. 5 ranked Hooker by unanimous decision. With the victory, Poirier improved his professional mixed martial arts record to 26-6 and one no contest. The Diamond also put himself back into the winning column as his last fight was a losing effort to current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Poirier snapped The Hangman’s three-fight winning streak, and his pro record dropped to 20-9.

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Conor McGregor Reacts to Poirier’s Victory

Fighting superstar Conor “Notorious” McGregor did not congratulate Poirier on his victory. Instead, he retweeted a video of their fight from UFC 178 in 2014. The two men met at featherweight, and Notorious won the bout by first-round TKO.

The retweeted video also has a quote from the Irishman as the caption: “I don’t just knock them out, I pick the round.”

Here is the video McGregor retweeted:

Although Notorious has stated that he has retired, he is currently ranked No. 4 at lightweight, and The Diamond is ranked at No. 2. From a rankings standpoint, a match between the two rivals makes a lot of sense if McGregor chooses to compete again. Another possible match for Poirier is No. 3 ranked Tony Ferguson.

Other fighters reacted to Poirier and Hooker’s match:


Fighters React to Poirier & Hooker’s Fight on Saturday Night

Poirier and Hooker’s fighting colleagues reacted to their fan-pleasing bout: Khabib Nurmagomedov tweeted: “Congratulations @DustinPoirier great fight.”

Current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman tweeted: “What a fight!”

Former flyweight and bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo tweeted: “I don’t know how to call it. We all won.”

Former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier tweeted: “Great job @DustinPoirier !!! Diamonds are forever. Lafayette’s own. Parker’s dad, great job my brother.”

UFC “BMF” Jorge Masvidal tweeted: “Great fight! FOTY Probably. I think @DustinPoirier got it.”

Top lightweight Paul Felder tweeted: “I would come out of retirement for either one of these guys.”

Top featherweight contender Aljamain Sterling tweeted: “What an amazing performance from both guys! It’s tough to lose after an effort like that, but the fans won & we have another classic from both these warriors. Hooker will be back, but for now heal up & get back in 155 gauntlet. Congrats to [The Diamond].”

Top heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou tweeted: “Congratulations to these two savages for a terrific fight!!”

Featherweight fighter Andre Fili tweeted: “Fights like this remind everybody this is the best sport on earth. Both of these guys should be proud.”

Retired UFC fighter Tim Kennedy tweeted: “We are watching perhaps one of the best fights in history between
@DustinPoirier and @danthehangman taking place in an empty arena. Fighters fight for themselves and no one else.”


UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Hooker Results

Here are the results for UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Hooker:

Main Card:

Lightweight Bout: Dustin Poirier def. Dan Hooker via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-46)

Welterweight Bout: Mike Perry def. Mickey Gall via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Heavyweight Bout: Maurice Greene def. Gian Villante via Third-Round Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)

Middleweight Bout: Brendan Allen def. Kyle Daukaus via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-27)

Welterweight Bout: Takashi Sato def. Jason Witt via First-Round TKO (Punches)

150-Pound Catchweight Bout: Julian Erosa def. Sean Woodson via Third-Round Submission (D’Arce Choke)

Preliminary card:

Lightweight Bout: Khama Worthy def. Luis Peña via Submission Third-Round Submission (Guillotine Choke)

Heavyweight Bout: Tanner Boser def. Philipe Lins via First-Round KO (Punches)

Women’s Strawweight Bout: Kay Hansen def. Jinh Yu Frey via Third-Round Submission (Armbar)

Featherweight Bout: Youssef Zalal def. Jordan Griffin via Unanimous Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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