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Con the floor Conor McGregor breaks shinbone as he is defeated by Dustin Poirer during highly anticipated fight

The Dubliner made his return to the Octagon in Las Vegas for UFC 264 last night

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Conor McGregor is carried off on a stretcher following an injury in his loss against Dustin Poirier

Conor McGregor is carried off on a stretcher following an injury in his loss against Dustin Poirier

Conor McGregor is carried off on a stretcher following an injury in his loss against Dustin Poirier

Conor McGregor has broken his shinbone as he lost to lightweight rival Dustin Poirer during their highly anticipated trilogy fight.

The Dubliner made his return to the Octagon in Las Vegas for UFC 264 last night.

During the first round of the fight, Poirer swung for McGregor and missed, causing the Irishman to step back where his leg collapsed under him.

McGregor survived until the end of the round before a medical team rushed into the ring. The fight was immediately ended via “doctor stoppage,” making Poirer the winner.

After the fight, UFC president Dana White said McGregor had broken “the lower tibia in his left shin.”

Mr White confirmed that the 32-year-old was due for surgery on Sunday morning and added that there will likely be a fourth fight between McGregor and Poirer.

“The fight didn’t get finished. You can’t have a fight finish that way,” he said.

Speaking to BT Sport after emerging victorious, Poirer said that he felt McGregor’s leg crack during a kick early in the fight.

“He fractured it with one of his checks at the beginning of the fight, then it broke on the punch for sure,” the American MMA star said.

“I felt something. He was kicking me hard... It was probably cracked and then on the twist of the punch it finished [him off].”

He added: “He did hit me with a good cross just like the last fight. I didn’t see it and he kind of clipped me. I was a little bit buzzed but my legs were still there.

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“The take down was easy. He was putting his fingers in my gloves and pulling me down to try the up kicks. This guy is a dirtbag, man.”

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