On 27th September, 2014, two equally determined men fought tooth and nail inside the Octagon at MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas. Conor McGregor, or his alias ‘The Notorious’, broke no sweat when taking down Dustin Poirer, ‘The Diamond’, in less than two minutes.
Six years hence, McGregor announced his second retirement after his growing frustration with the UFC management while the defeated Poirier aspired to get closer to the World Champion title. Their paths are now soon to be crossed at UFC 257 on 24th January this year.
While fans await in hopes that the show-off may be a nail-biting affair, here are ten moments that Betway chronicled that led up to this moment in UFC history:
- Who: McGregor vs Mendes
Where: UFC 189
On: 11th July, 2015
McGregor faced off with Chad Mendes, who was just an interim belt in place of Jose Aldo.
Initially, Mendes took charge with some takedowns and ground-and-pound but, McGregor wasn’t one to lose. The Irish-American punched many clean shots before holding down a left hand to stall Mendes on the ground for long. The fight earned McGregor his featherweight title.
- Who: McGregor vs Aldo
Where: UFC 194
On: 12th December, 2015
The fight between McGregor and Aldo was an anticipated one because of Aldo’s reputation as a reigning champion of UFC matches. The Brazilian’s winning streak for over a decade remained unmatched until McGregor stepped into the Octagon. It took merely thirteen seconds for McGregor to win. Aldo to tried to land a left hook at McGregor until the former plummeted to the ground, defeated. McGregor’s win made him a popular fighter in the grand scheme of UFC.
- Who: McGregor vs Mayweather
Where: T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada,
On: 26th August, 2017
Things went a little differently for McGregor’s match with that crowd favorite Mayweather.
His punches made no impact and instead, lost his stamina. Mayweather in return, landed powerhouse punches from the sixth to the tenth round. McGregor got no time to recover and lost the fight, as well as losing his featherweight belt for inactivity.
- Who: Poirier vs Pettis
Where: UFC Fight Night
On: 11th November, 2017
After his loss to McGregor, Poirier came out resilient with his stead climb to Number 8 on the UFC ladder. It soon recognised as a tough and technical fighter, which earned him the title of ‘The Diamond’. His win over former champion Anthony Pettis in North Virginia, only established Poirier’s name as an exciting competitor.
- Who: Poirier vs Gaethje
Where: UFC on Fox
On: 14th April, 2018
Poirier’s wins were starting to come easy to him, with The Diamond at Number 5 at Lightweight. He was to fight Justin Gaethje, who was one of the difficult fighters in UFC. But the former’s fight with the latter astounded audiences with his series of trademark strong punches to his competitor.
- Who: Poirier vs Alvarez
Where: UFC on Fox
On: 28th July, 2018
Poirier emerged as a legitimate UFC contender when he contended against former champion Eddie Alvarez for a rematch. Their previous match together resulted at an impasse, as Alvarez packed many illegal knees. In their second match, Poirier proved himself to be the true contender when he annihilated his Alavarez with a powerful strike.
- Who: McGregor vs Nurmagomedov
Where: UFC 229
On: 6th October, 2018
McGregor stepping up to compete against Khabib Nuragomedov, an extremely dominant fighter in UFC, seemed surprising considering his time away from the sport. Things were looking bleak for The Notorious, and he was ultimately dominated by Nuragomedov. Things turned ugly even after the right, but the reality was that McGregor lost the name he worked hard to earn.
- Who: Holloway v Poirier
Where: UFC 236
On: 13th April, 2019
Poirier got his chance to hold the UFC gold with an interim title with his fight with the featherweight king Max Holloway. Money was bet on Holloway’s win, but Poirier shocked everyone when he delivered an excellent performance – beating the reigning champion once and for all.
- Who: Nurmagomedov v Poirier
Where: UFC 242
On: 7 September 2019
Having spent so long rebuilding his career and fighting to prove himself as an elite UFC contender, Poirier would have to do so once again.
Poirier’s fall came with his match with Nurmagomedov, after the termination of the latter’s suspension. Nurmagomedov wore an exhausted Poirier before Poirier accepted his defeat. Poirier needed to reshape his career again, even after the time and effort that he spent into building it.
- Who: McGregor v Cerrone
Where: UFC 246
On: 18 January 2020
McGregor battled veteran Donald Cerrone even after his 15 month inactivity in sport. He punched Cerrone with a series of strikes that demolished his opponent in a matter of 40 seconds.
The rematch between McGregor and Poirier: 24th January
The Notorious and The Diamond are back to win but this time, with motives behind their backs to succeed. The stakes are higher and the winner of the fight will definitely compete for the title again.
May the best fighter win!