UFC 257 result earned one lucky punter $740,000 who backed Dustin Poirier to beat Conor McGregor on Fight Island
One lucky punter managed to win almost three quarters of a million dollars by predicting Dustin Poirier would beat Conor McGregor at UFC 257. The Irishman, who was the betting favourite heading into the bout, was emphatically stopped in the second round of the bout on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. According to Ben Fawkes […]
One lucky punter managed to win almost three quarters of a million dollars by predicting Dustin Poirier would beat Conor McGregor at UFC 257.
The Irishman, who was the betting favourite heading into the bout, was emphatically stopped in the second round of the bout on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
According to Ben Fawkes of VSiN, one plucky soul decided to place a $200,000 (£146,000) bet on Poirier to beat McGregor at odds of +270 with William Hill US.
Fractionally, that works out at 27/10 which means he would have received a pay out of $740,000 (£541,000).
McGregor had beaten Poirier inside two minutes in September 2014 and was overwhelming favourite to see off his lightweight rival again in a bid to get fierce adversary Nurmagomedov to reverse his retirement decision.
But the American managed to gain revenge, surviving one or two nervy moments in the first round and then gaining the upper hand in the second round with some savage kicks to McGregor’s lead leg.
Poirier forced McGregor back with a flurry of punches, flooring him with a short right hook before a couple of blows to the defenceless Irishman led to the end of the fight after two minutes and 32 seconds of the second round.
This was McGregor’s first fight in a year when he stopped Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds. Before that he had not stepped inside the octagon since October 2018 when he lost to Nurmagomedov.
The Dubliner admitted his long stretches on the sidelines had come back to haunt him.
“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.”