The ongoing Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor storyline is set to conclude on July 10 as the two lightweights clash in a rematch bout as the main event of UFC 264. The two first met as featherweight contenders at UFC 178, with the Notorious One taking a TKO victory in under two minutes and establishing himself as a top prospect. McGregor also claimed the featherweight championship before claiming the lightweight title, making him the first man in UFC history to win two belts at the same time.
McGregor was later deprived of both belts before being defeated at UFC 229 by longtime lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor returned after a lengthy absence to beat Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, but his power was stifled this time by the Diamond. Dustin Poirier avenged himself by dominating McGregor in their second battle at UFC 257, handing him his first-ever KO defeat. Now, in the rematch, both warriors would square off, putting an end to the argument about "who is better: Dustin Poirier or Conor McGregor?"
Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 3 prediction: Battle statistics
On paper, Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor are the same height, with the Irishman getting a one-inch reach advantage. According to FightMetrics, both fighters have comparable strike figures, but Poirier has a small advantage here because he has become more successful. Although both men are renowned for striking, The Diamond isn't scared to carry it to the field, with an average of 1.5 takedowns and 1.3 submissions every 15 minutes. About this, Poirier prefers to compete with his foot, and with his crisp and strong movements, he has shown time and again that he doesn't need his grappling to get stuff finished.
Meanwhile, Conor McGregor is a deadly striker. The Notorious One has earned the bulk of his fights by punching, defeating warriors such as Jose Aldo, Eddie Alvarez, and others. Poirier, on the other side, used his brutal leg kicks to slow McGregor down, preventing him from delivering his godly left hand in their most recent battle. If the Irishman is to conquer the trilogy, he would require a stronger game plan, with his mentor John Kavanagh assuring fans that McGregor is ready for everything Poirier throws at him.
Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 3: UFC 264 tickets
UFC 264 Live is projected to draw approximately 20,800 spectators to the T-Mobile Arena. According to UFC president Dana White, UFC 264 seats went on sale a few days back and were sold out in seconds.
UFC 264: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 3 date and location
When is UFC 264 (according to US time): Saturday, July 10, 2021
When is UFC 264? Sunday, July 11, 2021 (according to Indian time).
UFC 264 will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC 264 Fight Card
Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier at lightweight
Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson in a welterweight battle
Jessica Eye vs. Jennifer Maia in the Women's Flyweight division
Sean O'Malley vs. Louis Smolka at Bantamweight
Ryan Hall vs. Ilia Topuria at Featherweight
Flyweight fight: Jerome Rivera vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
Omari Akhmedov vs. Brad Tavares at Middleweight
Heavyweight fight: Tai Tuivasa vs. Greg Hardy
Dricus du Plessis vs. Trevin Giles at Middleweight
Irene Aldana vs. Yana Kunitskaya in a women's bantamweight bout
Middleweight fight: Alen Amedovski vs. Hu Yaozong
Kevin Lee vs. Sean Brady in a welterweight battle