Earlier this year, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier fought for the second time, and the result was just as insane as the first. The first time around, Conor needed just 106 seconds to dismantle Poirier, and in the rematch, which took place in January, Poirier put McGregor to sleep in the second round. Next month, the two will meet for the third time to finally settle the score. Before UFC 264 takes place, here’s everything you need to know.
The fight will take place at UFC 264 on July 10th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. As with most UFC PPVs, the main card will start at 10 PM EST, which means Conor and Dustin will likely fight a little bit before midnight. You can watch it on ESPN.
This is a Conor McGregor fight in Las Vegas in the summer right after fans have been deprived of that sort of environment, so naturally, ticket prices are a fortune. The prices range from $500 to $10,000 and of course, they’re going very quickly. You can get tickets here at AXS.
The story of the rematch is that Conor McGregor came in only worrying about boxing because his large plans included a fight with Manny Pacquiao next. For this reason, the wrestling and leg kicks caught him off guard and were a big part of why he got finished. In his own words, “a little single disciplined in my approach and stance with mostly boxing.” However, framing things this way isn’t fair to Dustin Poirier even if it’s true. That’s why it’s so great that we’re getting the trilogy fight, so everything can be settled.
Don’t be fooled by Conor’s “shooting ass shelling ass bitch” and “little bitch kicks from a shell” comments from Twitter a few months ago. It’s important to remember that coming into his rematch with Nate Diaz, leg kicks were a big part of his game. Through all of his vintage trash talk, even though it doesn’t always seem like it, Conor McGregor undoubtedly respects all aspects of mixed martial arts and will use any and every tool he needs to take the win in July.
Considering how compromised Conor’s front leg was in their first fight, properly defending against Poirier’s leg kicks will be key. It’s very likely that Dustin will test Conor’s defense in the opening minutes of the fight. When Dustin appeared on Teddy Atlas’ podcast last month, Teddy gave him the tip of feinting the leg kick and getting a big reaction from Conor, who’ll be overly cautious about them too, so this is going to be a chess game from every aspect.
In terms of his own offense, McGregor did have success with boxing early on in the fight. His timing and accuracy are still some of the best we’ve ever seen in the sport. A change that Conor could make for this third fight that could be crucial is making kicks a bigger part of his attack, although his gas tank likely can’t support a kick-heavy attack for anything close to 25 minutes.
That’s what to look out for in terms of physical changes within the fight, but it’s worth noting that we could see a different attitude from Conor next month too. In February, Conor made a point of going to both Twitter and Instagram to post “No more Mr. nice guy,” potentially pointing to his friendly nature going into the rematch and how it could have affected his mentality. The lead-up to this fight has already been meaner than the first, with the tweets the two traded a few months ago.
It’s tough to say how much Conor will be paid until after the estimated numbers come out after the fight, but we can make an educated guess based on his past purses. For his last few fights before the second Poirier fight, Conor was getting a base pay of $3 million, but for the rematch at UFC 257, he was guaranteed $5 million. It’s probably safe to assume that the Irishman will make either the same or slightly less for this bout, considering he’s coming in off of a loss.