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Conor McGregor How to Stream the McGregor vs Poirier UFC Fight

UFC 264: Conor McGregor seeks revenge in 3rd fight with Dustin … Fri, 09 Jul 2021 01:00:00 -0700-The third fight between McGregor and Poirier could be the Ultimate Fighting Championship's biggest spectacle of the year.

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U.F.C. 264: What to Watch as Conor McGregor Fights Dustin Poirier

July 10, 2021

The third fight between McGregor and Poirier could be the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s biggest spectacle of the year.

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Conor McGregor, left, and Dustin Poirier will fight in the main event of U.F.C. 264.Credit…Zuffa Llc, via Getty Images
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July 10, 2021, 12:01 a.m. ET

On Saturday night, Conor McGregor, the biggest star in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and Dustin Poirier will complete their trilogy of fights as the headline bout of U.F.C. 264. Below are the important things you need to know going into what may be the promotion’s biggest spectacle of the year.

U.F.C. 264 takes place Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The early preliminary fights start at 6 p.m. Eastern, and the main pay-per-view card will begin at 10 p.m. McGregor and Poirier most likely will not fight until around midnight.

At a news conference Thursday, the U.F.C. president, Dana White, said the event had already generated the most pay-per-view buys in the company’s history, and he expects more the night of the fight.

It will be televised by ESPN+ with a purchase price of $69.99. Fans who do not already have an ESPN+ subscription can buy a bundle that includes the fight and a year of the service for $89.98.

The early prelims, starting at 6 p.m., will be carried by ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass and include four bouts. The preliminary card of four fights starts at 8 p.m. and will be carried on ESPN and ESPN+. The main card includes five bouts.

McGregor entered the U.F.C. in 2013 and quickly garnered attention through his trash talk, confidence and flashy style. He backed up those characteristics in the octagon by quickly dispatching most of his opponents, usually by delivering a powerful blow to his victim’s head with his left hand.

McGregor, of Ireland, became the first athlete in U.F.C. history to hold two belts simultaneously, winning the featherweight and lightweight championships through knockouts and prompting others to chase similar dual-belt aspirations.

He and Floyd Mayweather completed a crossover boxing match in 2017, which profited McGregor a guaranteed $30 million. He has fought in the U.F.C. only three times since, losing two of those contests.

Poirier, left, beat McGregor in January with a knockout.Credit…Jeff Bottari/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

During McGregor’s long layoff from U.F.C., Poirier competed against some of the toughest fighters in the lightweight division. Poirier, who entered the U.F.C. in 2011, captured the interim lightweight championship in 2019 and earned wins against quality competition in Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway. Poirier, a native of Louisiana who trains in Florida, started a charitable organization with his wife, Jolie, called the Good Fight Foundation, to help underserved communities in Louisiana.

The two men first fought in 2014 at 145 pounds. It was McGregor’s fourth fight in the U.F.C., and experts viewed Poirier as his toughest opponent at that stage. But McGregor won almost effortlessly, striking Poirier with a left hook and then exerting finishing punches while Poirier lay on the ground, stopping only when the referee, Herb Dean, intervened.

Eight years later, the two fought at 155 pounds, at “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in January. This time, McGregor landed clean shots but Poirier absorbed them. Poirier viciously attacked McGregor’s legs, wobbling his base. By the end of the first round, McGregor’s lead leg looked red and swollen.

Poirier used that strategy again in the second round and backed McGregor against the fence. He landed a hook to McGregor’s nose, causing him to fall to the ground, where Poirier finished him with punches.

White said the winner of the third fight would be next in line to challenge the lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira.

The co-main event features two stout 170-pound welterweight contenders in Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson. Burns boasted a six-fight win streak, then in February challenged the champion Kamaru Usman for the title. Burns landed a solid strike in the first round, but Usman won via technical knockout in the third round.

Thompson earned two title fights against the then-champion Tyron Woodley, but lost in a decision and had a draw. Since then, he has won three of his last five fights, including two in a row. The matchup pits Burns, a jujitsu specialist, against Thompson, who is known for his karate striking.

The third fight between McGregor and Poirier could be the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s biggest spectacle of the year.

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Conor McGregor, left, and Dustin Poirier will fight in the main event of U.F.C. 264.Credit…Zuffa Llc, via Getty Images
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July 10, 2021, 12:01 a.m. ET

On Saturday night, Conor McGregor, the biggest star in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and Dustin Poirier will complete their trilogy of fights as the headline bout of U.F.C. 264. Below are the important things you need to know going into what may be the promotion’s biggest spectacle of the year.

U.F.C. 264 takes place Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The early preliminary fights start at 6 p.m. Eastern, and the main pay-per-view card will begin at 10 p.m. McGregor and Poirier most likely will not fight until around midnight.

At a news conference Thursday, the U.F.C. president, Dana White, said the event had already generated the most pay-per-view buys in the company’s history, and he expects more the night of the fight.

It will be televised by ESPN+ with a purchase price of $69.99. Fans who do not already have an ESPN+ subscription can buy a bundle that includes the fight and a year of the service for $89.98.

The early prelims, starting at 6 p.m., will be carried by ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass and include four bouts. The preliminary card of four fights starts at 8 p.m. and will be carried on ESPN and ESPN+. The main card includes five bouts.

McGregor entered the U.F.C. in 2013 and quickly garnered attention through his trash talk, confidence and flashy style. He backed up those characteristics in the octagon by quickly dispatching most of his opponents, usually by delivering a powerful blow to his victim’s head with his left hand.

McGregor, of Ireland, became the first athlete in U.F.C. history to hold two belts simultaneously, winning the featherweight and lightweight championships through knockouts and prompting others to chase similar dual-belt aspirations.

He and Floyd Mayweather completed a crossover boxing match in 2017, which profited McGregor a guaranteed $30 million. He has fought in the U.F.C. only three times since, losing two of those contests.

Poirier, left, beat McGregor in January with a knockout.Credit…Jeff Bottari/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

During McGregor’s long layoff from U.F.C., Poirier competed against some of the toughest fighters in the lightweight division. Poirier, who entered the U.F.C. in 2011, captured the interim lightweight championship in 2019 and earned wins against quality competition in Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway. Poirier, a native of Louisiana who trains in Florida, started a charitable organization with his wife, Jolie, called the Good Fight Foundation, to help underserved communities in Louisiana.

The two men first fought in 2014 at 145 pounds. It was McGregor’s fourth fight in the U.F.C., and experts viewed Poirier as his toughest opponent at that stage. But McGregor won almost effortlessly, striking Poirier with a left hook and then exerting finishing punches while Poirier lay on the ground, stopping only when the referee, Herb Dean, intervened.

Eight years later, the two fought at 155 pounds, at “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in January. This time, McGregor landed clean shots but Poirier absorbed them. Poirier viciously attacked McGregor’s legs, wobbling his base. By the end of the first round, McGregor’s lead leg looked red and swollen.

Poirier used that strategy again in the second round and backed McGregor against the fence. He landed a hook to McGregor’s nose, causing him to fall to the ground, where Poirier finished him with punches.

White said the winner of the third fight would be next in line to challenge the lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira.

The co-main event features two stout 170-pound welterweight contenders in Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson. Burns boasted a six-fight win streak, then in February challenged the champion Kamaru Usman for the title. Burns landed a solid strike in the first round, but Usman won via technical knockout in the third round.

Thompson earned two title fights against the then-champion Tyron Woodley, but lost in a decision and had a draw. Since then, he has won three of his last five fights, including two in a row. The matchup pits Burns, a jujitsu specialist, against Thompson, who is known for his karate striking.


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How to Stream the McGregor vs. Poirier U.F.C. Fight Fri, 09 Jul 2021 01:00:00 -0700-LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor was soundly beaten by Dustin Poirier less than six months ago. That doesn't seem like enough time for the Irish superstar to …

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UFC 264: Conor McGregor seeks revenge in 3rd fight with Dustin Poirier

July 09, 2021

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    UFC president Dana White, center, holds Conor McGregor, right, away from Dustin Poirier during a news conference for their UFC 264 bout on Thursday in Las Vegas. They square off for the third time Saturday night. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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    Conor McGregor holds hot sauce during a news conference for a UFC 264 mixed martial arts bout Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Dustin Poirier in a lightweight bout Saturday in Las Vegas (AP Photo/John Locher)

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    Dustin Poirier listens during a news conference for a UFC 264 mixed martial arts bout Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Las Vegas. Poirier is scheduled to fight Conor McGregor in a lightweight bout Saturday in Las Vegas (AP Photo/John Locher)

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    Dana White, center, UFC President, holds Conor McGregor, right, away from Dustin Poirier during a news conference for a UFC 264 mixed martial arts bout Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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    Conor McGregor, right, kicks at Dustin Poirier, left, as UFC president Dana White holds them apart during a news conference for their UFC 264 bout on Thursday in Las Vegas. They are scheduled to fight in a lightweight bout Saturday night. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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    Security holds Dustin Poirier away from Conor McGregor, right, during a news conference for a UFC 264 mixed martial arts bout Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a lightweight bout Saturday in Las Vegas (AP Photo/John Locher)

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    Dustin Poirier, left, and Conor McGregor take part in a news conference for a UFC 264 mixed martial arts bout Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a lightweight bout Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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    Conor McGregor motions to the crowd during a news conference for his UFC 264 bout against Dustin Poirier on Thursday in Las Vegas. They square off for a third time in a lightweight bout on Saturday night. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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    In this handout image provided by the UFC, Dustin Poirier, right, punches Conor McGregor in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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    In this handout image provided by the UFC, Conor McGregor, left, punches Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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    In this handout image provided by the UFC, Dustin Poirier, right, punches Conor McGregor in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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    In this handout image provided by the UFC, Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer

LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor was soundly beaten by Dustin Poirier less than six months ago. That doesn’t seem like enough time for the Irish superstar to patch all the holes Poirier punched in his game.

When they complete their rivalry trilogy Saturday night in the main event of UFC 264, Poirier (27-6) enters the cage as a better-rounded, more tested fighter than McGregor (22-5), who is competing in mixed martial arts for only the fourth time in nearly five years.

Yet McGregor’s famed punching power – and the world’s memory of his meteoric rise through his sport – remain tantalizing enough to create uncertainty in the minds of millions of fight fans. McGregor has done the improbable before, and he’ll probably never lose the ability to stoke his fans’ imaginations.

“This is my bread and butter,” McGregor said. “This is what wakes me up in the morning with fire in my belly. … I love to come in here, defy the odds, do the unthinkable and put on a show.”

That sounds somewhat like the old Conor, the former plumber who conquered the MMA world with two heavy hands and an unmatched gift of gab.

But will the same man get out of his luxury car at T-Mobile Arena? Can a self-described “fat-cat” multimillionaire return to his feral, ferocious form for another electrifying victory?

Poirier knows the possibility exists, and it’s reason enough to watch the conclusion to this three-fight epic that began with McGregor’s first-round knockout of Poirier in 2014 and continued with Poirier’s second-round stoppage of McGregor in Abu Dhabi.

“I have a healthy fear going into every fight,” Poirier said. “I know the dangers. I know what this guy can do.”

The winner of the main event gets the next lightweight title shot against champion Charles Oliveira, according to UFC president Dana White.

UFC 264 is co-headlined by a bout between former welterweight title challengers Gilbert Burns and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. The pay-per-view card also includes a heavyweight matchup between Tai Tuivasa and former NFL player Greg Hardy, while the undercard is topped by welterweights Carlos Condit and Max Griffin.

Anyone who saw UFC 257 last January knows how comfortably Poirier handled McGregor’s strengths. In the rematch, McGregor must either do his thing much better, or he must adapt and evolve – something he hasn’t done successfully over the past five years.

Poirier highlighted weaknesses and exploited opportunities in the brash, pugnacious approach that made McGregor the biggest name in combat sports. Patiently implementing his game plan, Poirier battered McGregor with painful leg kicks before finishing him with fists, stopping the former two-division UFC champion on punches for the first time in McGregor’s career.

McGregor had a solid first round on his feet, but he did it while using a more conventional boxing stance, not the karate-influenced approach that made him so unpredictable earlier in his career. McGregor showed an inability or unwillingness to check Poirier’s leg kicks in that stance until later in the fight, which inevitably meant McGregor’s right leg was beaten into painful uselessness.

McGregor’s coaches have said he will adjust to the kicks, and he might even dish out more of his own, as he did against Nate Diaz a half-decade ago. Improving his aggression could lead to more counterpunching opportunities for McGregor, who thrives on them.

McGregor is no stranger to crossroads moments, but this two-bout series with Poirier could define what’s left in the remarkable career of a fighter who turns 33 next Wednesday.

If he loses again, McGregor’s more cogent supporters would be forced to acknowledge he has become more of a spectacle fighter than a championship contender. He’ll never lack for big-time spotlights and willing opponents, but he also would be excused for retiring for a fourth time – and for actually sticking to it this time.

But if McGregor somehow wins, his next bout would be for a title. He would be back in legitimate contention for an honor that isn’t built on his past achievements.

Poirier is taking his own step backward to move forward: He could have waited for the title shot at Oliveira, who only won the 155-pound belt in May. Instead, Poirier agreed to this highly lucrative trilogy fight with the obvious risk of a loss that would derail his hopes of winning an undisputed title belt.

Even after McGregor baited and berated Poirier throughout their final news conference Thursday, Poirier is confident he made the right decision to finish the task of erasing another swath of McGregor’s mystique.

“It’s just business,” Poirier said. “I see a man here. … It’s a fight, and I beat him (last time). What’s his excuse going to be on Saturday?”

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    UFC president Dana White, center, holds Conor McGregor, right, away from Dustin Poirier during a news conference for their UFC 264 bout on Thursday in Las Vegas. They square off for the third time Saturday night. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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    Conor McGregor holds hot sauce during a news conference for a UFC 264 mixed martial arts bout Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Dustin Poirier in a lightweight bout Saturday in Las Vegas (AP Photo/John Locher)

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    Dustin Poirier listens during a news conference for a UFC 264 mixed martial arts bout Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Las Vegas. Poirier is scheduled to fight Conor McGregor in a lightweight bout Saturday in Las Vegas (AP Photo/John Locher)

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    Dana White, center, UFC President, holds Conor McGregor, right, away from Dustin Poirier during a news conference for a UFC 264 mixed martial arts bout Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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    Conor McGregor, right, kicks at Dustin Poirier, left, as UFC president Dana White holds them apart during a news conference for their UFC 264 bout on Thursday in Las Vegas. They are scheduled to fight in a lightweight bout Saturday night. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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    Security holds Dustin Poirier away from Conor McGregor, right, during a news conference for a UFC 264 mixed martial arts bout Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a lightweight bout Saturday in Las Vegas (AP Photo/John Locher)

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    Dustin Poirier, left, and Conor McGregor take part in a news conference for a UFC 264 mixed martial arts bout Thursday, July 8, 2021, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a lightweight bout Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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    Conor McGregor motions to the crowd during a news conference for his UFC 264 bout against Dustin Poirier on Thursday in Las Vegas. They square off for a third time in a lightweight bout on Saturday night. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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    In this handout image provided by the UFC, Dustin Poirier, right, punches Conor McGregor in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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    In this handout image provided by the UFC, Conor McGregor, left, punches Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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    In this handout image provided by the UFC, Dustin Poirier, right, punches Conor McGregor in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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    In this handout image provided by the UFC, Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer

LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor was soundly beaten by Dustin Poirier less than six months ago. That doesn’t seem like enough time for the Irish superstar to patch all the holes Poirier punched in his game.

When they complete their rivalry trilogy Saturday night in the main event of UFC 264, Poirier (27-6) enters the cage as a better-rounded, more tested fighter than McGregor (22-5), who is competing in mixed martial arts for only the fourth time in nearly five years.

Yet McGregor’s famed punching power – and the world’s memory of his meteoric rise through his sport – remain tantalizing enough to create uncertainty in the minds of millions of fight fans. McGregor has done the improbable before, and he’ll probably never lose the ability to stoke his fans’ imaginations.

“This is my bread and butter,” McGregor said. “This is what wakes me up in the morning with fire in my belly. … I love to come in here, defy the odds, do the unthinkable and put on a show.”

That sounds somewhat like the old Conor, the former plumber who conquered the MMA world with two heavy hands and an unmatched gift of gab.

But will the same man get out of his luxury car at T-Mobile Arena? Can a self-described “fat-cat” multimillionaire return to his feral, ferocious form for another electrifying victory?

Poirier knows the possibility exists, and it’s reason enough to watch the conclusion to this three-fight epic that began with McGregor’s first-round knockout of Poirier in 2014 and continued with Poirier’s second-round stoppage of McGregor in Abu Dhabi.

“I have a healthy fear going into every fight,” Poirier said. “I know the dangers. I know what this guy can do.”

The winner of the main event gets the next lightweight title shot against champion Charles Oliveira, according to UFC president Dana White.

UFC 264 is co-headlined by a bout between former welterweight title challengers Gilbert Burns and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. The pay-per-view card also includes a heavyweight matchup between Tai Tuivasa and former NFL player Greg Hardy, while the undercard is topped by welterweights Carlos Condit and Max Griffin.

Anyone who saw UFC 257 last January knows how comfortably Poirier handled McGregor’s strengths. In the rematch, McGregor must either do his thing much better, or he must adapt and evolve – something he hasn’t done successfully over the past five years.

Poirier highlighted weaknesses and exploited opportunities in the brash, pugnacious approach that made McGregor the biggest name in combat sports. Patiently implementing his game plan, Poirier battered McGregor with painful leg kicks before finishing him with fists, stopping the former two-division UFC champion on punches for the first time in McGregor’s career.

McGregor had a solid first round on his feet, but he did it while using a more conventional boxing stance, not the karate-influenced approach that made him so unpredictable earlier in his career. McGregor showed an inability or unwillingness to check Poirier’s leg kicks in that stance until later in the fight, which inevitably meant McGregor’s right leg was beaten into painful uselessness.

McGregor’s coaches have said he will adjust to the kicks, and he might even dish out more of his own, as he did against Nate Diaz a half-decade ago. Improving his aggression could lead to more counterpunching opportunities for McGregor, who thrives on them.

McGregor is no stranger to crossroads moments, but this two-bout series with Poirier could define what’s left in the remarkable career of a fighter who turns 33 next Wednesday.

If he loses again, McGregor’s more cogent supporters would be forced to acknowledge he has become more of a spectacle fighter than a championship contender. He’ll never lack for big-time spotlights and willing opponents, but he also would be excused for retiring for a fourth time – and for actually sticking to it this time.

But if McGregor somehow wins, his next bout would be for a title. He would be back in legitimate contention for an honor that isn’t built on his past achievements.

Poirier is taking his own step backward to move forward: He could have waited for the title shot at Oliveira, who only won the 155-pound belt in May. Instead, Poirier agreed to this highly lucrative trilogy fight with the obvious risk of a loss that would derail his hopes of winning an undisputed title belt.

Even after McGregor baited and berated Poirier throughout their final news conference Thursday, Poirier is confident he made the right decision to finish the task of erasing another swath of McGregor’s mystique.

“It’s just business,” Poirier said. “I see a man here. … It’s a fight, and I beat him (last time). What’s his excuse going to be on Saturday?”


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– July 9, 2021
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