• Poirier: Surprise and strike down McGregror in the second round

The withering match between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor at

UFC257 in Abu Dhabi

had a long hangover.

The Irishman's defeat left controversy and a trail of opinions, including those of another UFC legend.

Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov did not hesitate to poke his old rival.

The reaction of the still holder of the belt of

world lightweight champion

was overwhelming.

A few minutes after the ko, he spoke on social networks with a harsh message.

"This is what happens when you change teams, you leave the sparring team that made you champion and you use young children as sparring partners. Far from reality," he wrote.

And it is that the shadow of Khabib is elongated.

Dustin Poirier, 32, is now second in the UFC lightweight category standings and the American is in a strong position to inherit the belt, held by Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0), who has retired.

In the event of McGregor's triumph,

Dana White

, the charismatic patron of the UFC, planned a rematch between the Irishman and the "Eagle of Dagestan" if the latter returned to competition.

His first match, won by submission by Nurmagomedov, ended with

a general fight

and suspension of the two superstars in October 2018. "I think it was a title match. I am now the champion," Poirier estimated after his victory in the Bubble of the "Fight Island" erected in Abu Dhabi to avoid the risks linked to the coronavirus.

The fight took place in the new Etihad Arena, on the island of Yas Island, a sports center that the Emirati government created last July.

The three UFC events organized in the past seven days were the first to allow fans to attend the fights, with some 2,000 people in attendance for the main event.

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