UFC 264: Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 3 Preview


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Dustin “Diamond” Poirier will face off against Conor McGregor next weekend. The third bout in the trilogy between two of the UFC’s finest strikers is sure to be a thrilling event, with both previous fights ending in knockouts. Currently, each fighter has one win by knockout over the other to his name.

When Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor 2 took place, “the Diamond” shocked the world with a second-round knockout of the UFC’s former two-division champion. It was only the second fight in as many years for McGregor. Even if that inactivity included a moneymaking boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, it appeared that the ring rust had set in hard for the former champion.

UFC 264 Preview

The UFC remains MMA’s premier promotion. McGregor remains the promotion’s biggest star, holding the record for all of the UFC’s highest-performing pay-per-view sales. McGregor vs Dustin Poirier III will take place July 11 at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. UFC 264 has a thoroughly stacked card, with a Welterweight fight between Gilbert Burns and “Wonderboy” Stephen Thompson featuring on the undercard. Australian heavyweight fighter Tai Tuivasa is also set to appear on the card.

Sean O’Malley, a rising star in the Bantamweight division, will open proceedings fighting Kris Moutinho. You can stream the entire card live with Main Event via Kayo.

UFC 264 Schedule

When: July 11th, from 10.30am AEST,

Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

ContestFighter Fighter
Lightweight Dustin Poirier
27 – 6 – 0, 1NC
Conor McGregor
22 – 5 – 0
WelterweightGilbert Burns
19 – 4 – 0
Stephen Thompson
16 – 4 – 1
HeavyweightTai Tuivasa
12 – 3 – 0
Greg Hardy
7 – 3 – 0, 1NC
Women BantmweightIrene Aldana
12 – 6 – 0
Yana Kunitskaya
14 – 5 – 0, 1NC
BantamweightSean O’Malley
13 – 1 – 0
Kris Moutinho
9 – 4 – 0

UFC 264: The Story So Far

Conor McGregor remains the UFC’s biggest star. The Irishman’s rise to the top of the UFC was marked by tremendous trash talk outside the ring and stunning performances within it. McGregor amassed a reputation for fast, brutal finishes, often knocking his opponents out in the first or second round of a fight.

Why is McGregor Such a Big Deal?

Conor McGregor quickly rose through the ranks of the UFC, finishing the likes of Max Holloway, Chad Mendes, Dennis Siver on the way. He took on Jose Aldo, who was then the undefeated Featherweight champion and knocked him out in only thirteen seconds. At the time, it was the fastest knockout in UFC history.

McGregor went on to fight Eddie Alvarez for the Lightweight title, finishing the champion in the later rounds. In doing so, McGregor became the two-division champion. He left the Octagon after the fight and has only stepped into it three times since. Only one of these fights seemed to show the McGregor of old. The man who fought Donald Cerrone was calm, focused, and ruthless. Against Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018, McGregor looked like a shadow of his former self.

Why Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 3 Matters

Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier faced off in McGregor’s meteoric ascent. It took Conor fewer than two minutes to knock Dustin Poirier out, and at the time many fight fans wrote Poirier off as yet another Featherweight scalp for McGregor’s belt. However, following the loss, Poirier moved up to the Lightweight division. He refined his fearsome striking. In 2019, he defeated Max Holloway to claim the interim Lightweight title. Later that same year, he lost UFC Lightweight title to UFC ‘G.O.A.T’ Khabib Nurmagomedov.

By the time Poirier and Conor McGregor had met in the Octagon again, Poirier sealed his fearsome reputation when he won the fight via TKO in the second round. Dustin Poirier is, to date, the only mixed martial artist ever to face McGregor and knock him out.

UFC 264: Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor isn’t just another big event for the UFC, or a way to print money for Dana White. It represents the intention of two fearsome fighters to reclaim the strap they believe is rightfully theirs. In Khabib’s conspicuous absence since retiring from the sport and vacating his title, every man with a pair of gloves has his eyes set on the Lightweight title. Charles Oliveira may own the title right now, but either Dustin Poirier or Conor McGregor will almost certainly come as his next challenger. It all comes down to what happens in Las Vegas.

How to Watch UFC 264

Main Event will be showing the bout between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor as well as the prelims. The event can be purchased through Kayo Sports (via Main Event) for only $54.95.

With Main Event from Kayo you can stream not only UFC 264, but also replays of recent fights as well as the return of the UFC’s flagship reality TV series, The Ultimate Fighter. Kayo Sports works on a wide range of mobile devices, and if you enable SplitView you can watch up to four events simultaneously.

One of the best options for streaming other non PPV UFC fights in Australia is Kayo, which currently has a free trial. Once your free trial is over, Kayo only costs as little as $25 per month. You can use a browser application, a native app in your smart TV, or even cast it through Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Telstra TV, or your Foxtel Now Box.

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