MMA NEWS: McGregor vs Poirier 3 the "Biggest Fight Ever"?

According to Poirier's head coach, Mike Brown, Conor McGregor and Dustin Porier's next trilogy finale might be the UFC fight to end all UFC bouts.

McGregor (22-5) and Poirier (27-6) will face toe-to-toe for the third time on July 10th, 2021 at UFC 264, coming to a close a trilogy that has captivated the fans for over a half-decade.

With both combatants holding a victory, there will be a lot on the line in the Octagon this summer, and Brown believes it might be the greatest event the company has ever produced.

The "Greatest PPV of All-Time"

In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Brown revealed some insights into Camp Poirier in the lead-up to the event, as well as his opinion on both the American fighter's choice to rematch the Notorious Irishman and the commercial potential of the bout itself.

Poirier firmly secured his status as the top contender for the gold in the UFC lightweight division after knocking out McGregor during their first rematch at UFC 257 back in January.

Since Khabib Nurmagomedov's announced retirement from the promotion and the sport in spring 2021, the division has been in turmoil. Rather than fighting for the title against Michael Chandler or Charles Oliveira, Porier preferred to take one last bout with his long-time foe to settle the score once and for all.

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Conor McGregor vs YouTuber Jake Paul: 'He'll Beat the S--t Out of Conor'

According to a promoter, it will be a bad night for UFC superstar Conor McGregor if he stepped into a boxing ring with Jake Paul.

Ali Abdelaziz discussed the possible boxing match in a recent interview with Boxing Scene. Abdelaziz represents UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, and former UFC interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje. As many fight fans are aware, McGregor has a bitter rivalry with all three of those fighters and was a member of the biggest UFC pay-per-view ever when he faced Nurmagomedov for the lightweight championship at UFC 229 in October 2018.

So it's no surprise that McGregor and Abdelaziz are inseparable. In his interview, Abdelaziz said that Paul will "hammer the s***" out of McGregor in the boxing ring. He also expressed his thoughts on Jake Paul and his brother Logan Paul.

“Jake Paul, I like this kid,” Abdelaziz told Boxing Scene. “Do you know why? And he is authentic. As he mentioned Conor's wife, [Paul] said that [McGregor] mentioned Khabib's wife. Jake Paul appeals to me.

“I think he'll knock the s*** out of Conor, Conor's teammates, and all these people. I really like his brother. Logan Paul, I like how these kids create something out of nothing. Mike Tyson admires these men. Mike is a good mate of mine.”

McGregor is preparing for his trilogy battle with Dustin Poirier.

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MMA: Dustin Poirier Explains Upside To Conor McGregor Fighting Him Again

Dustin Poirier sees opportunities for Conor McGregor if he accepts a rematch with him.

Poirier and McGregor competed on September 27, 2014. “The Diamond” was halted in the first frame by TKO. Although both men go on to have successful careers, they have yet to share the Octagon a second time. The positive news for combat lovers is that both Poirier and McGregor are serious in making the fight a possibility.

Poirier discussed that he believes McGregor will profit from a rematch with him on UFC Unfiltered (via MMAJunkie.com).

“Look at things from his point of view; there's bound to be some upside there. If Khabib or Tony defeated me, he said he'd give them a shot at the crown, so if that carries some weight, he's considering it. I'm not sure what his passion is, or how hungry he is to be the UFC lightweight world champion. If that's the case, a battle with me to earn the next championship shot makes a lot of sense.”

McGregor and Poirier both teased a battle this year. The "Notorious" one has suggested an exhibition MMA match outside of the UFC, with the profits going to charity. When UFC President Dana White learned about this, he publicly offered McGregor and Poirier a fight.

The “Notorious” one has stated that he would consider a rematch with Poirier on one condition. The war would take place by the end of 2020. McGregor also proposed November 21, December 12, and December 19 as potential dates. UFC 255 takes place on November 21, while UFC 256 is scheduled for December 12.

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"You've Awoken a Beast" - Conor McGregor Fight Promises to be Flawless at UFC 264

Conor McGregor has said that he has the "backing of a far higher force" ahead of his widely awaited trilogy battle against Dustin Poirier. With just over two months before the trilogy finale, 'The Notorious One' took to Twitter to express his excitement for the war.

The retired two-division champion said he'd be flawless versus Poirier on July 10, adding that he wouldn't mind playing a game of strategy.

"On July 10th, I will complete this task flawlessly. We've got these clowns all figured out! They want to play a game of strategy? No worries, I'll see you in there. You've awakened a monster. A beast with the help of a far greater force! Please say your prayers "McGregor took to Twitter to express his feelings.

Conor McGregor faced Poirier in a rematch earlier this month at UFC 257. 'The Diamond' knocked out McGregor in the second round, handing him his first knockout defeat of his career.

McGregor admitted after the battle that Poirier's stinging calf kicks had "badly compromised" his knee. He also blamed inactivity as the cause of his defeat, and he seemed assured of resuming his winning ways after a reasonable amount of octagon time.

Conor McGregor believes Dustin Poirier would be knocked out in the fourth round.

Conor McGregor channeled his inner "Mystic Mac" in April, predicting a fourth-round knockout of Dustin Poirier in their upcoming fight. He said that he would end The Diamond with a front kick to the nose:

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UFC 264: Everything you Need to know about the Gala

On July 10, the UFC will hold one of the year's largest galas during "Fight Week," including a trilogy match between lightweight stars Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) and Conor "Notorious" McGregor (22-5 ). Fans, in particular, are expected to attend this gala on-site.

UFC 264: Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor 3
UFC 264: Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor 3

The trilogy sequence will be determined.

In the main event, it can now be determined who wins the McGregor vs. Poirier trilogy game, which is currently tied at 1-1. Poirier was kicked out in less than 2 minutes by TKO in their first meeting in 2014 at featherweight. The American eventually got his vengeance on the Irishman at the start of the year at UFC 257, where Poirier won via TKO when he knocked the Irishman out in the middle of the second round. Poirier has also earned the lightweight title, bringing the trilogy to a close.

McGregor wishes to exact vengeance to restore his reputation.

McGregor won the featherweight title in December 2015, when he knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds. He then became lightweight champion at the end of 2016 when he TKOed Eddie Alvarez. Since then, the Irishman has only competed in three MMA tournaments, winning one. He was first subdued by lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov with a neck-crank. After that, he knocked out Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in 40 seconds via TKO before being knocked out by Poirier.

Poirier competes in his most lucrative contest.

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Dustin Poirier Proposes UFC 264 Fight Happen at 170 lbs, Conor McGregor Responds

Dustin Poirier aims to tackle Conor McGregor at 170 pounds, but that plan was shot down before it ever got off the ground.

Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor will settle the score once and for all at UFC 264. The war may, of course, take place at lightweight, since this is the weight division at which both men are rated and indeed the weight class in which the rematch took place.

However, the rematch at 155 lbs. nearly did not happen. Not to mention that McGregor and Poirier originally showed interest in competing at welterweight for the rematch until Dana White shot the thought down. McGregor is now the one that is being shot down.

After Conor McGregor declared his intention to challenge Kamaru Usman for the welterweight championship in the immediate future, Poirier chimed in, simply saying, "Why wait?" Despite never having competed at welterweight previously, the recent interim lightweight king proposed pushing the UFC 264 main event up a weight division on Sunday.

“Let's start with 170 pounds. Poirier suggested three battles in three separate weight divisions.

McGregor, who is typically chatty, responded quickly and as succinctly as she might.

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Dana White Dismisses ‘Conspiracy Theory’ about Conor McGregor v Dustin Poirier Animosity

Dana White has admitted that Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier III might fall through due to the pair's recent hostility.

Conor McGregor declared last week that he was withdrawing from his rematch with Dustin Poirier after the American openly disclosed that 'The Notorious' had refused to carry up on his $500,000 contribution to Poirier's charity.

McGregor hit back at Poirier, telling him that “you will pay with your brain for this effort at smearing my name,” notwithstanding the fact that he had never offered promises on where the money would go.

Days after the heated exchange between the lightweight competitors, it was announced that McGregor vs. Poirier III will indeed headline UFC 264 on July 10, and ‘The Diamond' has subsequently voiced disappointment over the way he handled the donation revelation.

Some have speculated that the social networking conversation was staged to increase curiosity in the trilogy contest, but it's doubtful that Poirier will jeopardize the reputation of his Good Fight Foundation for advertising purposes.

UFC President Dana White has denied that the latest hostility between McGregor and Poirier was invented.

“Oh, well. “There were a couple of possibilities that it was going to break apart,” White told TSN.

“I had some conspiracy theories thinking it was done to help promote the war — positively none of that was intended to help promote the battle, I can assure you, but we got it finished.

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