LAS VEGAS — It is time to lastly settle the rating.
After splitting two fights over the course of seven years, Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor will put an finish to their rivalry in the principle occasion of UFC 264 on Saturday.
McGregor received the primary combat by knockout at UFC 178 in 2014, when the 2 have been featherweights. The consequence would function a precursor to his ascent to superstardom. The fighters would proceed their respective careers on completely totally different paths. McGregor grew to become the primary UFC fighter to carry world titles in two totally different weight lessons whereas changing into the most important star in fight sports activities. Poirier’s route was for much longer; the Louisiana product moved to light-weight and defeated the likes of Justin Gaethje and Eddie Alvarez. He additionally captured the interim 155-pound championship.
Poirier and McGregor each misplaced to Khabib Nurmagomedov after which crossed paths once more at UFC 257 in January. This time, Poirier secured the win with a second-round knockout.
Relatively than go after the light-weight title, Poirier determined that there wanted to be a trilogy with McGregor and the UFC booked it for T-Cellular Enviornment. The cardboard will mark the game’s first full-capacity present in Las Vegas since March 2020, earlier than COVID-19 shut down stay occasions.
The rubber match is ready to be the most important occasion of the yr for the UFC. Who will get the job finished?
Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 3 stay updates, highlights from UFC 264
12:08 p.m.: It is time for the principle occasion. The trilogy will attain it is conclusion tonight as Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor purpose to settle the rating in what’s going to seemingly be the most important UFC occasion of the yr.
Gilbert Burns neutralizes Wonderboy’s hanging to earn resolution victory
12:00 a.m.: After three rounds we will the scorecards. Burns executed a wonderful recreation plan of neutralizing Wonderboy’s hanging with a mixture of grappling, takedowns and protection. He’ll seemingly earn the choice and await a giant combat that will get him one step nearer to a different title alternative.
11:53 p.m.: Burns has finished a terrific job of staying out of hassle within the standup whereas securing a pair of takedowns. Wonderboy seemingly wants a end.
11:48 p.m.: One spherical down and never a complete lot occurred. Burns spent a lot of the spherical clinching and ultimately secured a takedown. However close to the tip of the spherical Burns walked proper right into a punch that despatched him down. Clearly, he would not wish to stand with Wonderboy. What changes will likely be made in spherical two?
11:40 p.m.: Donald Trump has entered the T-Cellular Enviornment to a blended response from the gang. Some cheered and chanted “USA” whereas others booed him. He is seated cageside as Dana White’s visitor.
11:30 p.m.: Co-main occasion is up subsequent. Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson will face Gilbert Burns as each jockey for an additional title alternative. Wonderboy hasn’t had a style since shedding to Tyron Woodley a number of years in the past whereas Burns is coming off of a knockout loss to present champion Kamaru Usman. Each want this victory to remain within the title hunt.
Tai Tuivasa crushes Greg Hardy with 1st spherical end
11:18 p.m.: They promised violence and delivered in spades. Nevertheless it was Tuivasa that emerged victorious by sinking Hardy’s battleship with a left hand that despatched the previous NFL participant to the canvas. Previous to that, Hardy snuck in a tough proper hand that appeared to harm Tuivasa. As Hardy charged ahead, Tuivasa uncorked a left hand that blew Hardy up. In fact, Tuivasa did a shoey afterward.
11:07 p.m.: The large boys are up subsequent as former NFL Professional Bowl defensive finish Greg Hardy steps again into the Octagon for a throwdown with Tai Tuivasa. Each have promised to face a bang so somebody should fall.
Irene Aldana brutalizes Yana Kunitskaya for 1st spherical TKO
11:03 p.m.: Aldana put collectively a terrific efficiency and secured a first-round end. It began with a bomb of a left hook that put Kunitskaya down. From there, Aldana was in full pursuit of the end and clobbered Kunitskaya till she earned the stoppage. Unbelievable efficiency and places her proper again within the title hunt.
10:48 p.m.: Up subsequent is Irene Aldana vs. Yana Kunitskaya in ladies’s bantamweight combat. Aldana got here in 3.5 kilos obese and should forfeit 30% of her combat purse.
Sean O’Malley dissects Kris Moutinho with third spherical TKO
10:40 p.m.: And there is the end. O’Malley was touchdown with alarming frequency till referee Herb Dean had seen sufficient and stopped the combat. The group right here did not just like the end as Moutinho continued to combat again regardless of consuming an insane quantity of punches. However, O’Malley provides one other win to his report and will definitely be in line for some huge fights within the close to future.
10:34 p.m.: Properly, O’Malley did not get the second-round end that he predicted however he is been stellar with a surgical efficiency. We’re heading into the third.
10:27 p.m.: Discuss a good looking show of hanging! O’Malley hit Moutinho with the whole lot however the kitchen sink within the first spherical and demonstrated why he is nearly sure to be a famous person within the sport. Coming into the second spherical and that is the place he predicted a end that may go viral. Will he get it?
10:13 p.m.: And we’re stay! Sean O’Malley is maybe the subsequent huge factor in MMA and will likely be in a main spot as he opens the pay-per-view in opposition to the debuting Kris Moutinho.
9:58 p.m.: Properly, Carlos Condit seemed each little bit of 38 tonight as Griffin was stronger, brisker and quicker all through the combat. Griffin cruised to a unanimous resolution whereas Condit might have to think about his future as a blended martial artist.
9:38 p.m.: The ultimate prelim earlier than the principle card is up now as 38-year-old Carlos Condit seems to carry his successful streak to 3 in opposition to Max Griffin.
9:25 p.m.: What was anticipated to be a terrific combat lived as much as the hype as Worth and Pereira gave us an entertaining quarter-hour of motion. Worth by no means give up and Pereira’s creativity was on full show. However it will be Pereira who would take the unanimous resolution with scores of 29-28 throughout the board.
9:12 p.m.: You do not see this each day. Pereira simply did a backflip and landed in full mount. He practically completed the combat with an Americana however Worth escaped and closed the spherical touchdown some onerous punches when the combat acquired again to the ft.
9:05 p.m.: Up subsequent we’ve got what must be a banger of a combat between Niko Worth and Michel Pereira.
8:45 p.m.: And Ryan Corridor is finished. Corridor spammed the Imanari Roll all through the combat. Finally, Topuria discovered a gap, cracked Corridor whereas on the bottom and slammed punches into his head till Corridor was unconscious. No person wished to combat Corridor. Topuria did. And now look.
8:40 p.m.: Up subsequent is the return of Ryan Corridor. It has been practically 2 years to the day that Corridor final fought however he is again and dealing with Ilia Topuria. Acknowledged as one of the crucial harmful grapplers within the UFC, can Corridor put concern within the featherweight division along with his efficiency tonight?
8:24 p.m.: And we’ve got a end as du Plessis finishes off Giles with a brutal proper hand coming off the cage. Giles hit the canvas onerous as du Plessis adopted him with a few punches that completed the job. Final yr, du Plessis was in Vegas as a fan watching McGregor-Poirier. Now he is preventing on a McGregor card and will get a 2nd spherical KO. Spectacular.
8:11 p.m.: We’re stay from Las Vegas with the prelims. The environment for Las Vegas’ first UFC card again at T-Cellular Enviornment in over a yr is insane and can absolutely ramp up earlier than the tip of the evening. A strong UFC Battle Go card has simply wrapped and we’re kicking off with Trevin Giles taking up Dricus du Plessis in a middleweight bout.
McGregor vs. Poirier 3 begin time
- Early prelims: 6 p.m. ET | 3 p.m. PT
- Prelims: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
- PPV important card: 10 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. PT
- McGregor vs. Poirier 3: 12:15 a.m. ET (approx.) | 9:15 p.m. PT (approx.)
UFC 264: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 3 takes place on July 10. Early prelims kick off the occasion at 6:15 p.m. ET; the pay-per-view important card begins at 10 p.m. ET. Poirier and McGregor ought to enter the Octagon round 12:15 a.m. ET, relying on the size of the undercard bouts.
The best way to watch McGregor vs. Poirier 3 on PPV
- Early prelims: ESPN/ESPN+
- Prelims: ESPN/ESPN+
- Major card: ESPN+ (pay-per-view)
The primary card for UFC 264 is on the market within the U.S. on the ESPN+ subscription streaming service for a pay-per-view value. That portion of the occasion begins at 10 p.m. ET.
Earlier fights are viewable stay on ESPN, the WatchESPN app and, for the early prelims, UFC Battle Go.
In Canada, the principle card pay-per-view is on the market on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, and UFC PPV on UFC Battle Go.
UFC 264 combat card
- Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor; lightweights
- Gilbert Burns def. Stephen Thompson by way of unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28)
- Tai Tuivasa def. Greg Hardy by way of 1st spherical TKO (punches) (1:07)
- Irene Aldana def. Yana Kunitskaya by way of 1st spherical TKO (punches) (4:35)
- Sean O’Malley def. Kris Moutinho by way of third spherical TKO (punches) (4:33)
- Max Griffin def. Carlos Condit by way of unanimous resolution (30-27, 29-28 & 29-28)
- Michael Pereira def. Niko Worth by way of unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28)
- Ilia Topuria def. Ryan Corridor by way of 1st spherical KO (punches) 4:47
- Dricus du Plessis def. Trevin Giles by way of 2nd spherical KO (punches) (1:41)
Battle Go prelims
- Jennifer Maia def. Jessica Eye by way of unanimous resolution (30-27, 29-28 & 29-28)
- Brad Tavares def. Omari Akhmedov by way of break up resolution (29-28, 29-28 & 28-29)
- Zhalgas Zhumagulov def. Jerome Rivera by way of 1st-round submission (guillotine) (2:02).