Conor McGregor lost his first fight in the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) since his retirement to Dustin Poirier on Sunday morning around 6:30 AM (Dutch time).
In June 2020, Irish McGregor announced his retirement, but returned on Sunday for a UFC fight against American Poirier.
In the second minute of round two, 32-year-old Poirier managed to knock 32-year-old McGregor to the ground with a series of punches to the face, after which the referee ended the fight.
"I'm happy but not surprised," said Poirier after the fight.
"I worked hard for it," said the American.
McGregor says after the fight that he "wasn't as comfortable as he needed to be".
"I have to turn this off and come back," said the Irishman.
When asked, he says there will be more of him this year.
"I need activity."
McGregor and Poirier first faced each other in September 2014, when McGregor managed to overpower Poirier within the first two minutes of the first round.
After Sunday's fight, Poirier said they "might have to do it again".
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McGregor is hoping for a rematch with rival Nurmagomedov
The Irishman announced last June that he would end his career.
However, this was the third time he had done this in four years, leading critics to see the promotion as a marketing stunt.
At the end of September, McGregor said he would be back in the ring and that he would go boxing against Filipino Manny Pacquiao.
It is still unknown when this fight would take place.
Meanwhile, McGregor is hoping for a second fight against his rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.
32-year-old Nurmagomedov suddenly announced his retirement late last year.
The MMA fighter from Dagestan had promised his mother to quit after his father's death.
Despite this, McGregor is hoping for a second fight against Nurmagomedov.
According to the Irishman, that's the fight fans want to see.
McGregor and Nurmagomedov faced each other in 2018 in the most watched UFC fight ever (2.4 million pay-per-views).
After the titanic battle, the situation outside the ring got completely out of hand (see video below), which resulted in both fighters being suspended.