Conor McGregor breaks leg, loses by TKO to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264

Conor McGregor suffered a leg injury as his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier was stopped after the first round at UFC 264 in Las Vegas.

McGregor’s night ended in excruciating circumstances as his lower left leg buckled underneath him as he stepped backwards after throwing a punch at Poirier towards the end of the first round.

The contest was awarded to Poirier as a TKO doctor stoppage as the American claimed bragging rights over his Irish rival with two wins from three in their trilogy.

Poirier had enjoyed the better of the opening round, dominating McGregor on the ground and catching him with several clean shots.

The Irishman had started with a barrage of low kicks before the action went to the mat, as Poirier later claimed that the damage he had done when checking McGregor’s kicks had led to his ankle snapping later in the round.

“He fractured it in one of the checks at the beginning of the fight… It was probably cracked and on the twist of the punch [it broke],” Poirier said.

McGregor was blasted by fans for a classless post-match interview where he continued to insult Poirier and his wife, but his coach John Kavanaugh in defense pointed out the horrendous pain McGregor was in.

“His foot is literally hanging down. It’s a clean fracture of the fibula and tibia, it went straight through, the foot’s hanging down,” he explained.

President Donald Trump was in the house.

UPDATE: McGregor has been handed a medical suspension which will rule him out of action until 2022.