Conor McGregor’s theory behind suffering second round KO against Dustin Poirier

Conor McGregor admits he struggled to overcome a long absence from the Octagon as he was stunned by Dustin Poirier on Fight Island this morning.

Before this evening, the Notorious had been out of action since last January, where he dismantled Donald Cerrone in the first round.

This time, McGregor was beaten in the second round after stunning punch work from Poirier left him knocked out in a flash.

The Irishman was left bloodied on the canvas and was distraught in the Octagon after the bout had been stopped.

“It’s hard to overcome inactivity over long periods of time,” McGregor said when asked for his instant reaction after the fight.

“That’s just it. I just wasn’t as comfortable as I needed to be… I have to dust it off and come back and that’s it and that’s what I will do.

“I need activity, guys, come on. You don’t get away with being inactive in this business and that’s the way it is. I’ll take me licks.

“It’s a tough one to swallow.”

Poirier was delighted with his win, avenging his 2014 defeat to McGregor.

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“I’m happy but I’m not surprised," he said.

“I put in the work. Conor took this result very professionally. He’s a pro. We’re 1-1.

"Maybe we have to do it again. I’m just happy. I’m happy in the place I’m in. I’m happy with the person I see in the mirror.”

Poirier started the better of the two men, taking McGregor down early in the first round.

But the Irishman soon landed a couple of shoulder strikes similar to those we saw against Donald Cerrone last year.

Round two saw McGregor's boxing come into play, landing some solid combinations.

However, the Notorious was stunned, with his leg giving way, allowing Poirier to capitalise with short, sharp punches before the referee swiftly called time.

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