CONOR McGREGOR suffered a crushing defeat to Dustin Poirier after brutally injuring his ankle.
The Irishman and Poirier settled their series decider in the UFC 264 headliner in Las Vegas.
The former two-weight champion insisted their rivalry is ‘not over’ as the pair were STILL trading words post-fight.
McGregor, 32, said: “I was boxing the bleeding head off him, kicking the bleeding leg off him.
“Usual s***e, dive to close the distance. This is not over. I have to take this outside with him, it’s all outside.”
UFC legend Jon Jones was among those to send McGregor well wishes, but casting doubt over his fighting future.
Jones, 33, tweeted: “Man, I wonder if he will ever fight again after this.. heal up champ, this is terrible.”
The lightweight rivals came into the fight tied at one apiece, with McGregor winning the first but Poirier avenging defeat in January.
They wasted no time in getting back down to business, with McGregor opening up with some heavy leg kicks.
McGregor was also switching stances as looked to control the distance on the outside.
Poirier then stunned The Notorious with a combination as the pace began to really pick up.
The American switched up levels to take McGregor down, who reacted by attempting a guillotine choke.
But after failing to lock in the hold, Poirier began to reign down with some brutal ground and pound.
When the pair finally stood up, McGregor’s attempted kick backfired as he came down on his shin, which gruesomely gave way, forcing him to fall down.
Poirier reacted by again looking to finish McGregor on the floor before the bell sounded.
But it became clear he suffered a brutal injury as the doctor waved off the contest, declaring Poirier the winner by technical knockout.