Dustin Poirier (27-6-0) took Conor McGregor’s (22-5-0) best shots in the first round and delivered a few more of his own to emerge victorious at UFC 257.

Using calf kicks to soften up McGregor in the first round, Poirier swarmed on ‘The Notorious One’ in the second round after stunning him with a right hook, then knocked him down and connected with a right hand that forced referee Herb Dean to stop the bout.

The win keeps Poirier in the title shot conversation, especially after new recruit Michael Chandler likely punched a title shot of his own after impressively stopping Dan Hooker in the co-main event.

Poirier, Michael Chandler, Marina Rodriguez, and Makhmud Muradov earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

#15 AMIR ALBAZI VS. ZHALGAS ZHUMAGOLOV 

WINNER: ALMIR ALBAZI VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALMIR ALBAZI VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Albazi’s groundwork was superior. Good win.

MOVSAR EVLOEV VS. NIK LENTZ

WINNER: MOVSAR EVLOEV VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MOVSAR EVLOEV VIA UD

Andrews: Evloev won all three rounds. Should not have been a split decision.

UFC PRELIMS 

KHALIL ROUNTREE JR. VS. MARCIN PRACHNIO

WINNER: MARCIN PRACHINO VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KHALIL ROUNTREE JR. VIA TKO

Andrews: Disappointed in Rountree’s performance.

 #7 JULIANNA PENA VS. #9 SARA MCMANN

WINNER: JULIANNA PENA VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R3 3:39

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JULIANNA PENA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Pena overcame McMann’s wrestling and got the tap. Good win.

#14 BRAD TAVARES VS. ANTONIO CARLOS JR.

WINNER: BRAD TAVARES VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANTONIO CARLOS JR. VIA SD

Andrews: Tavares came through. But what happened to ACJ?

MATT FREVOLA VS. ARMAN TSARUKYAN 

WINNER: ARMAN TSARUKYAN VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ARMAN TSARUKYAN VIA UD

Andrews: Good of the UFC to make sure these two had a fight and a payday.

MAIN CARD 

#8 MARINA RODRIGUEZ VS. #10 AMANDA RIBAS

WINNER: MARINA RODRIGUEZ VIA AMANDA RIBAS VIA TKO (ELBOW AND PUNCHES) R2 0:54

ANDREWS PREDICTION: AMANDA RIBAS VIA UD 

Andrews: Ribas had ground control in the first round but then Rodriguez connected in the second. Great adjustments, including shaking off Herb Dean’s non-stoppage, to get the stoppage.

ANDREW SANCHEZ VS. MAKHMUD MURADOV

WINNER: MAKHMUD MURADOV VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 2:59

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAKHMUD MURADOV VIA TKO

Andrews: Sanchez seems to have trouble stepping up to good competition. It happened again tonight.

#6 JESSICA EYE VS. #7 JOANNE CALDERWOOD 

WINNER: JOANNE CALDERWOOD VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JESSICA EYE VIA UD 

Andrews: With no ground game by Eye to threaten her, Jojo’s Muay Thai was her defence. Good win.

#6 DAN HOOKER VS. MICHAEL CHANDLER 

WINNER: MICHAEL CHANDLER VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 2:30

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DAN HOOKER VIA UD 

Andrews: Wow! Chandler hunted Hooker down like a dog. Hooker was still absorbing the body shot when he connected with the left hook. Incredible.

#2 DUSTIN POIRIER VS. #4 CONOR MCGREGOR 

WINNER: DUSTIN POIRIER VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 2:32

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CONOR MCGREGOR VIA TKO 

Andrews: Poirier absorbed Conor’s best shots in the first round and then unloaded in the second. Good win, but is it enough for Khabib? No.

@kenaiandrews

UFC 257: Dustin Poirier shocks Conor McGregor with second-round TKO