Throughout his surge in the direction of the UFC featherweight title, McGregor knocked out Poirier in the first round of a 2014 contest, earlier than the American (27-6) exacted his revenge at lightweight this January, stopping ‘Infamous’ within the second spherical.
Now, with a title shot at 155lbs possible awaiting the winner, the rivals meet as soon as extra on Saturday. The pair will predominant occasion UFC 264 in a full-capacity T-Cellular Enviornment in Las Vegas, the city where they first fought.
A former interim lightweight title-holder, Poirier’s resume merely continues to enhance, whereas the UFC’s first ever dual-weight champion McGregor (22-5) has only one victory within the final 5 years – a 40-second demolition of Donald Cerrone in January 2020.
As such, a defeat for the Irishman right here might mark the tip of his MMA profession.
Right here’s every part you have to know in regards to the greatest combat of the yr.
When is it?
UFC 264 takes place on Saturday 10 July.
The occasion will probably be held on the T-Cellular Enviornment in Las Vegas.
What time does it begin within the UK?
The early preliminary card will kick off at about 11pm BST on Saturday night time.
The prelims comply with at 1am BST on Sunday morning, earlier than the principle card will get underneath manner at 3am BST.
How can I watch it?
Within the UK, the cardboard will probably be obtainable on BT Sport Field Workplace. Those that buy the pay-per-view will even be capable to stream it dwell on the BT Sport web site and app.
This one appears like a decide ‘em for a lot of followers and pundits. If it goes the space, nobody is backing McGregor to win right here, however will it go the space? Every man is able to knocking out the opposite early – they’ve each proven that.
Poirier is the extra well-rounded martial artist, and whereas McGregor may have certainly discovered a solution to the leg kicks that proved so devastating for the American final time, Poirier will possible have a contemporary gameplan.
He took down McGregor with ease of their final bout, and enjoying to his superior wrestling could also be a clever selection on this combat. It might result in a submission.
Poirier wins through third-round submission.
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