Dana White questions if Conor McGregor still has the hunger for UFC

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Khabib Nurmagomedov, who beat both McGregor and Poirier, recently retired, vacating the UFC Lightweight Championship.

McGregor would have been ruing a dead leg at the time as the American kept throwing kicks at his calves. "I put in the work. I want to perform for the fans", McGregor said. He's a pro. Nothing but respect.

"We're 1-1, maybe have to do it again", he said.

McGregor had promised a 60-second knockout at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi but was instead defeated via TKO in the second round as Poirier landed a barrage of punches. Moments later, Poirier changed it up and secured a takedown. The jury is still out as to whether McGregor can ever get back to the truly elite level he was at several years ago.

CONOR MCGREGOR ADMITTED he was "heartbroken" after a shock UFC knockout by underdog Dustin Poirier left the superstar's future in the cage uncertain. He started teeing off on the former two-division champion and dropped him with a brutal right hand. Constantly chopping away with damaging calf kick to the Dubliner, Poirier ate a counter left hand.

McGregor came out fast, pushed forward and hit Poirier with a stiff jab.

With the victory, Poirier extended his winning streak to two.

"All the money, all the belts, all that comes and that goes", McGregor said. "I'm here to win".

McGregor pressured Poirier up against the fence midway through the second round, but "The Diamond" eventually reversed the position. The main culprit of his downfall were leg kicks.

"I just wasn't as comfortable as I needed to be, but Dustin is some fighter". But Dustin's some fighter.

"I was thinking in my head in the second round to tie up with him because I was better in the clinch but too little, too late. I'm gonna go with my kids in the hotel and chill and regroup". In November, he told Insider that he thinks McGregor is "washed up" and that he could beat him in a fist fight.

The UFC 257 bonuses have been released.

Throughout fight week, a boxing rules contest between McGregor and Manny Pacquiao had been mooted, with talks reportedly going back for a year.

"Of course, I need activity", McGregor admits. He will either get hungrier, or he'll walk away. "I'll take my licks, but I'm gutted". "It's a tough one to swallow".

The "Notorious" had been trying to goad Khabib Nurmagomedov into a rematch before the Poirier bout.

UFC debutant Michael Chandler stunned onlookers as he knocked out Dan Hooker inside three minutes at UFC 257 on Saturday night.