Both men come out fast, especially Conor who is throwing spinning kicks
and various kicks all while taking control of the center of the cage. Conor utilizing a ton of heavy leg kicks, taking a page out of the Poirier playbook. After some wild exchanges between the two they end up clinched against the cage. Poirier attempts a takedown but Conor ends up dropping down for a guillotine attempt to no avail.
Poirier was able to defend the submission attempt easily and starts raining down heavy punches and elbows. Poirier plays in and out of the guard and eats a huge upkick from Conor but doesn’t phase him. Poirier continues to pummel Conor on the mat against the cage. Herb Dean was looking like he was about to stop the fight but Conor reluctantly started to defend himself.
They end up back on their feet where they exchange shots and then Conor goes down and Poirier swarms him looking for the finish but is saved by the bell. In between rounds, it seems as if Conor broke his ankle and he can’t get up. They went to replay and he indeed did break his ankle after a missed attempt on a strike and the fight is called off. Dustin Poirier is victorious via TKO at the end of round 1.