Conor McGregor left on crutches after Dustin Poirier defeat

The Irishman famously beat the American inside two minutes in their first fight six years ago.

McGregor was forced to use crutches to make his way to the post-fight press conference and admitted his leg was “completely dead”.

“It’s heart-breaking, it’s hard to take. The highest highs and the lowest lows in this game,” he said. “My leg is completely dead, and even though I felt like I was checking them [Poirier’s leg kicks] it was just sinking into the muscle at the front of my leg.”

“Dustin fought a hell of a fight. I thought I was better than him in the clinch, but too little too late. My leg was compromised and I didn’t adjust and that’s it, fair play to Dustin.”

“I’m very happen for him and very happy I got to come back and compete in my 11th UFC main event. I don’t know where I’m at the minute to be honest.”

“If you put in the time in here, you’re going to get cosy in here and I just have to dust it off and come back and that’s what I will do. I need activity, you don’t get away with being inactive in this business,” McGregor said.

“I’ll take my licks. I’m gutted and I put so much work in. Well done Dustin: 1-1, good man. It’s a tough one to swallow, I put in a lot of work, I’m proud of my work. We’ll get to go again and that’s it.”

Additional reporting by PA

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