Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will meet in the octagon for the third time tonight at UFC 264.
Following McGregor’s win over Poirier in their first meeting in September 2014, ‘The Diamond’ got his revenge in the rematch earlier this year in stunning style.
Poirier destroyed McGregor with fierce leg kicks and punches to stun the Irishman and set up a hugely intriguing third fight.
There were plenty of sparks as they met in the press conference ahead of their trilogy showdown with McGregor aiming a leg kick at his rival as they faced off on stage.
It’s now all set up for another thriller and here’s everything you need to know about the fight…
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McGregor v Poirier 3: Date and start time
The main event is scheduled for Saturday, July 10.
It will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in front of a capacity crowd of around 20,000.
The prelims will get under way from 1am on Sunday morning in the UK.
UK fans can then expect the headline fight to start at around 5am.
McGregor v Poirier 3: TV and live stream
UFC 264 will be a pay-per-view event in the UK and will be shown on BT Sport Box Office.
The price of the event is £19.95 with repeats showing throughout the weekend.
Coverage of the prelims will be shown on BT Sport 2 from 1am before the PPV action starts at 3am on BT Sport Box Office.
McGregor v Poirier 3: Fight card
Main Card (3am UK time)
- MAIN EVENT: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor, Lightweight
- Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson, Welterweight
- Tai Tuivasa vs. Greg Hardy, Heavyweight
- Irene Aldana vs. Yana Kunitskaya, Women’s Bantamweight
- Sean O’Malley vs. Kris Moutinho, Bantamweight
Prelims (1am UK time)
- Carlos Condit vs. Max Griffin, Welterweight
- Michel Pereira vs. Niko Price, Welterweight
- Ryan Hall vs. Ilia Topuria, Featherweight
- Dricus du Plessis vs. Trevin Giles, Middleweight
Early prelims (11pm UK time)
- Jessica Eye vs. Jennifer Maia, Women’s Flyweight
- Omari Akhmedov vs. Brad Tavares, Middleweight
- Jerome Rivera vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov, Flyweight
- Alen Amedovski vs. Hu Yaozong, Middleweight
McGregor v Poirier 3: What has been said?
McGregor compared his foe to former heavyweight boxer Buster Douglas, who defied his status as a heavy underdog to defeat then world champion Mike Tyson in February 1990 in one of sport’s greatest upsets.
“He’s Buster Douglas, he’s going to be known for that,” McGregor said at the final press conference. “It was a fluke win and I’m going to correct it on Saturday night.
“This is my bread and butter, this is what wakes me up with fire in my belly – errors to correct, tactics to prepare for. I’ve had a great camp.
“I’m going to go through his head, put holes in them and take it off its shoulders. He’s done here, this is it for him, this is the end of the road. Saturday night he’s getting walked around that octagon and put to sleep.”
Poirier admitted that McGregor “got into my head” before their first fight and the Dubliner seemed to attempt to get a rise out of the American by throwing his signature Louisiana style hot sauce into the crowd on Thursday.
On more than occasion, McGregor referenced Poirier’s wife Jolie, chanting “Jolie’s wife” and saying “your wife is your husband”. Poirier, who holds a record of 27 wins, six defeats and one no-contest in MMA, did not rise to the bait.
“The aura is not there any more,” Poirier said. “He’s a very dangerous fighter, no doubt, but I see a man here in front of me that I’ve defeated and I know I can defeat again.
“It’s just business, I see a man here. I don’t hate anybody, I’m in a different place mentally. Respect to him and everything he’s done.”
What’s it like at a Conor McGregor fight night? His weigh-ins are box office, he can beat men before they step in the octagon and fans want needle and trash talk, but Notorious warned ‘there is no tomorrow’ after UFC 264 trilogy with Dustin Poirier