UFC 264: Poirier – McGregor 3 is official and open to a full crowd

The trilogy is set for UFC 264. Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) and Conor McGregor (22-5) will settle their score on July 10th at the T-Mobile Arena. Dana White announced that the fight was official on his Twitter today.

The event will be the UFC‘s first event in Las Vegas with a full crowd. Nevada is planning on opening the state fully on June 1st and the UFC is ready to get right back to having full crowds in the fight capital of the world.

Earlier this week, there seem to be some doubt on if the fight would take place. McGregor and Poirier had been going back and forth on social media over a donation that McGregor pledged to give Poirier’s foundation.

The former two-division UFC champion said that he was waiting to hear how the money would be used before he made the donation. Poirier said that McGregor’s team simply hasn’t replied to them or sent the money.

McGregor then took to Twitter and said that the fight was off before throwing more insults at Poirier. There is now a ton of heat between the two and it’s setting up for quite the buildup to UFC 264.

UFC 264 Settles it All

There is no doubt that this will be the biggest fight of 2021 for the UFC. This trilogy matchup is going to have a ton of heat and animosity. It’s also massive considering the way the first two fights went.

McGregor won the first matchup by TKO. However, Poirier took the second matchup by TKO. With both men having finished the other, the third matchup is going to be insane at UFC 264.

In all likelihood, the winner of this matchup will also get a shot at the UFC lightweight title. Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira are fighting for the vacant title at UFC 262 next month.

Conor McGregor on Poirier and UFC 264: ‘The Fights off btw. I’m going to fight someone else on the 10th’

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Well, UFC 264 might have just hit an unexpected roadblock. A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) had signed his contract for UFC 264. With Conor McGregor (22-5) already on board, the fight appeared to be finalized.

However, it appears that might not be the case. Over the weekend there has been some drama that has developed between the two top lightweights. The drama stems from a donation that McGregor pledged to give Dustin Poirier for his foundation.

Poirier took to Twitter over the weekend and claims McGregor’s group went silent about the donation after their fight at UFC 257. McGregor then replied saying that they never received information on where the money would go which is why they paused the donation.

After that, Poirier responded saying that they did send an email with no response. What followed was a scathing response from the former two-division UFC champion where he is claiming that their fight is off in July.

McGregor said the following on Twitter:

You’re ripped you inbred hillbilly. Why do you wink with your ears? You f*cking brain dead hillbilly. 500k with no plan in place. Ye hang tight. Fool. You must be new to money. The fight is off btw. I’m going to fight someone else on the 10th. Good luck on your old contract kid.

UFC 264 Update

My guess is that emotions are running high at the moment and that the matchup between the two men at UFC 264 will go on. I have a hard time believing that the fight is truly off.

Hate him or love him, nobody can deny that Conor McGregor knows how to sell UFC PPVs. Over his last two appearances, we’ve seen more of a generous and subtle McGregor. A much different version from the Conor McGregor we saw early in his career.

However, it appears that The Notorious one is going back to the bad guy version of himself. There has been no word from the UFC on the drama between the two men, but I think it will ultimately play into the story of the fight. I fully believe these two are going to conclude their trilogy on July 10th.

McGregor concluded his Tweets with the below message. It appears that the buildup to UFC 264 will be a good one.

UFC: Contracts for Conor McGregor – Dustin Poirier 3 have been signed

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The biggest fight the UFC could make in 2021  in terms of dollar signs is official. Yes, this matchup is even bigger than the potential heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou in terms of PPV revenue.

ESPN’s Ariel Helwani was the first to report that Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) had officially signed his contract for UFC 264. Multiple reports had already stated that Conor McGregor (22-5) had already agreed to the deal.

Over the weekend it was reported that the UFC was targeting the trilogy matchup for July. However, until ink hits the paper, anything could happen so it wasn’t a guarantee. Now, that ink has hit the paper and UFC 264 has it’s headliner.

Dustin Poirier turned down an opportunity to fight for the vacant lightweight title to take this trilogy matchup with McGregor. Poirier exercised his demons by finishing The Notorious one back at UFC 257.

High UFC stakes in July

This fight is massive for both of these fighters. Both of these UFC champions hold knockout victories over the other. Their first matchup came when both men were on the rise and McGregor scored the knockout win.

However, Dustin Poirier turned the tables and knocked McGregor out in January. For Conor McGregor, this is almost a do or die fight for him and his brand. It would be really hard to come back after losing two times in a row to Dustin Poirier.

McGregor was in a very similar position back in 2016 with Nate Diaz. After Diaz won the first fight, McGregor was adamant about running things back right away. In their rematch, McGregor made the adjustments and won a decision.

It will be interesting to see if he can make adjustments at UFC 264. Dustin Poirier exposed Conor McGregor the last time they fought. McGregor’s boxing heavy style came back to bit him as Dustin Poirier destroyed him with calf kicks.

The big question about this fight is whether or not McGregor can make the adjustments. McGregor outstruck Poirier in the first round at UFC 257, but the calf kicks did him in during the second round. Can McGregor defend those or will he get chopped down again by The Diamond.

UFC targeting Dustin Poirier – Conor McGregor 3 for July

Arguably the biggest money fight for the UFC in 2021 is close to being finalized. Dana White said last night in his post-fight press conference that the promotion is targeting UFC 264 on July 10th for the trilogy between Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) and Conor McGregor (22-5).

Today, Poirier seemingly confirmed the date on Twitter saying, “July 10th.” The promotion has been working on booking the trilogy fight as it’s the fight that both men want after their second fight at UFC 257.

Both men hold a knockout win over the other and there’s no bigger fight to make. Dana White said this week that Poirier turned down a shot at the vacant UFC lightweight title in order to pursue the McGregor trilogy.

In terms of a business decision, that was definitely the right move. Originally, the promotion wanted to do the trilogy in May, but there were some negotiation hurdles. We know appear to be clearing those hurdles and it looks like were getting close to UFC 264 being official.

UFC 264: Poirier – McGregor 3

White also said last night that the promotion has high hopes that UFC 264 would be in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile arena. Last night might have been the final UFC PPV that was held inside the APEX.

Starting with UFC 261, the promotion is wanting to have PPVs in front of full audiences. Time will tell how feasible that is with other venues and locations. We know the next two events are already booked to have full audiences.

If the UFC does return to Las Vegas in July with a full crowd, they are doing it with the biggest fight possible. Despite the loss in the rematch, Conor McGregor is still the biggest star in the sport.

With Khabib Nurmagomedov retired, Dustin Poirier is the best lightweight in the UFC. This is a much bigger fight than the title fight in May between Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira. I would expect this fight to be the biggest PPV buy rate of 2021.

BREAKING: Dana White announces UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is officially retired

The UFC lightweight division will officially crown a new champion in 2021. Dana White came out this evening and announced that lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0), is officially retiring at 29-0.

Back in October at UFC 254, Khabib announced his retirement after he defeated Justin Gaethje. However, Dana White has insisted that he believed Khabib was feeling the emotions of the moment and he thought he’d come back to try for 30-0.

For months, we’ve been in this weird limbo with the lightweight division. White continued to say that the UFC lightweight champion wasn’t officially retired and they held a number of meetings to talk about his future.

Finally, Dana White has thrown in the towel. Khabib Nurmagomedov is staying retired and the lightweight division will move on. The UFC president announced the news on his Twitter account that Khabib is going to retire at 29-0.

Khabib’s UFC Legacy

In the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, it’s extremely rare to see someone retire undefeated. If you think about all of the greatest fighters to have ever fought in the UFC, nobody walked away with a perfect record.

Jon Jones is widely considered the greatest to ever do it. However, even Jones has a no contest and a DQ loss on his UFC record. Khabib Nurmagomedov has a clean 29-0 and nobody can say anything.

The UFC’s lightweight division has been the most exciting and dynamic division within the promotion over the last few years. Khabib has reigned supreme and he’s taken out all of the top challenges in dominating fashion.

Outside of Khabib, four men have held a piece of the UFC lightweight title since 2017. Those four men are Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje, and Tony Ferguson. Khabib dominated and finished the first three men on that list.

The fight that we never got to see was Khabib against Tony Ferguson. The UFC booked that fight five times, but all five times it fell through. It truly wasn’t meant to be, but considering the direction their careers have gone, I believe most people think Khabib would have won that one too.

Simply put, Khabib is one of the greatest to ever make the walk inside the UFC. His dominance was something truly special to watch and it’s easy to see why Dana White so badly wanted him to fight again.

Khabib is keeping the promise he made to his mother after his father passed away from COVID last year. The UFC’s lightweight champion promised his mother that the Gaethje fight would be the final one and despite White’s best pitches, The Eagle is keeping his promise.

UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov will remain lightweight champion for the foreseeable future per Dana White

The UFC‘s lightweight title is staying with Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0) for the time being. In fact, it looks like he’s going to remain the champion for the foreseeable future if you ask Dana White.

Yesterday, the UFC president sat down with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto to discuss the lightweight title picture. Khabib said he was done fighting after he defeated Justin Gaethje (22-3) at UFC 254. If you ask Khabib, he hasn’t said anything else other than he’s done since then.

However, Dana White has been very vocal about Khabib coming back for one more fight. For that reason, White has refused to take away the lightweight title from the undisputed champion. Pundits and fellow fighters want the division to move on, but White truly believes Khabib isn’t done.

White told Okamoto that the UFC champion will meet up with him in Las Vegas for another dinner to discuss the future. While that might make fans roll their eyes, White did bring up a very valid point about his discussions with Khabib.

White mentioned the fact that if Khabib had zero interest in fighting, he wouldn’t even take the meeting. For that reason alone, White believes that there is still hope that Khabib comes back for at least one more title defense in the UFC.

What does that mean for the UFC’s lightweight division?

In the interview, White talked about the state of the lightweight division. He said the top seven is extremely stacked in the UFC and he said that all of these guys need to fight it out. After that, you’ll either see a new champion or new challenger for Khabib.

The UFC is moving down the path of booking Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) – Conor McGregor (22-5) 3. White said that the fight between those two wouldn’t be for a title. That of course derails any fans’ hope of seeing a belt on Dustin Poirier anytime soon.

White said in the interview that he believes whoever makes it through this year with several big wins, that’s who will either be champion or fight Khabib. However, don’t expect the UFC to take the title from Khabib anytime soon as White believes the right fight will still bring him back.

You can see White’s full interview with ESPN below.

Justin Gaethje is sick of hearing that Charles Oliveira deserves a UFC title shot

Charles Oliveira (30-8, 1 NC) is one of the best lightweights in the UFC. There is no questioning his talent or questioning how impressive he’s been as of late. However, Oliveira is not gaining any fans with his recent stance on what’s next for him.

Just today, Oliveira shot down a potential fight with Nate Diaz. Over the last month, Oliveira has told the UFC that he would not face Nate Diaz (20-12), Justin Gaethje (22-3), or Michael Chandler (22-5). Instead, he’s demanded that he fights for the title next.

As of now, the UFC lightweight title is in limbo. Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0) is the undisputed lightweight champion, however, he’s maintained that he’s been retired for the last couple of months. Yet, Dana White is still holding onto hope that he changes his mind.

Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) proved last month at UFC 257 that he deserves to fight for the title next after he knocked out Conor McGregor (22-5). Oliveira has been vocal that he only wants to fight Poirier, but it has to be for the title.

This hasn’t sat well with former interim lightweight champion, Justin Gaethje. Gaethje took to Twitter tonight to voice his frustrations about Oliveira’s stance. Gaethje made it quite clear by stating, “What the f*ck has this dude done to get a shot at the title?”

UFC’s lightweight situation

Gaethje made it clear tonight that he’s sick of Oliveira claiming that he deserves anything. In all honesty, Gaethje does have a point that I also raised in my article about why Oliveira won’t get the next shot at the UFC lightweight title. 

Yes, Oliveira has won eight fights in a row. That alone is incredibly impressive. However, when you really dive into the winning streak, it’s not all that impressive. Yes, Oliveira’s win over Tony Ferguson (25-5) was incredibly impressive.

However, only one other fighter on that list of eight ranks inside the top fifteen. In Oliveira’s last nine fights, he’s fought two guys who are currently ranked tenth or higher in the division. He’s 1-1 in those two matchups with the loss coming against Paul Felder.

Oliveira is playing a very risky game with the UFC. The promotion is giving him opportunities to make himself more of a household name and legitimizing his top contender status. However, he keeps turning things down because he claims he has nothing to prove. Dangerous tightrope he’s walking with this train of thought.

Nate Diaz wants Dustin Poirier or Charles Oliveira in his UFC return

One of the biggest superstars in the UFC is preparing for a return to the octagon. Nate Diaz (20-12) hasn’t fought since November of 2019 in the BMF title fight that resulted in a loss for Diaz due to a cut.

Diaz didn’t get a fight in 2020, but the UFC had been working on the rematch between him and Jorge Masvidal (35-13) at one point. However, that fight fell through due to the promotion’s desire to book Masvidal against Colby Covington instead.

Now, Diaz is sizing up the UFC‘s lightweight division. He’s made it very clear on social media that he wants to fight Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC). Poirier and Diaz were originally supposed to fight a couple of years ago before Poirier suffered an injury.

Diaz has been calling for that fight on Twitter. Today, Diaz sat down with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani and talked about potential opponents for his return. He told Helwani that he’s only interested in winners. The two names he listed were Poirier and Charles Oliveira (30-8, 1 NC).

Which will the UFC make?

Things just became really interesting in the UFC’s lightweight division. It’s been reported that the promotion is likely going to book the trilogy fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor next. 

With that in mind, it would appear that Poirier is off the table for Nate Diaz. That leaves us with Charles Oliveira. Oliveira has been vocal about not wanting any fights if a UFC title wasn’t on the line. However, could he turn down this opportunity.

Diaz is one of the biggest stars in the sport and Oliveira needs a win over a guy like that to build himself up. As of now, it looks like the UFC is going to book Michael Chandler (22-5) against Justin Gaethje (22-3) which leaves Oliveira without an opponent. Assuming the Poirier – McGregor trilogy is on.

If Oliveira is the fight Diaz wants, I can definitely see the UFC moving to book that fight. In reality, it’s a win-win situation for the promotion. If Oliveira wins, he gets the much needed rub that would push him over the top.

However, if Nate Diaz wins, one of the biggest stars in the sport is now squarely in the title picture. Granted, Diaz did say in the interview that he has no interest in making 155 pounds. You can check out Diaz’s full interview with Ariel Helwani below.

UFC leaning towards booking Poirier – McGregor 3 next (Report)

A few weeks ago at UFC 257, Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) proved to the world that he’s the best lightweight with Khabib out of the picture. Poirier knocked out Conor McGregor (22-5) in their rematch from UFC 178.

McGregor won the first round, however, Poirier was chipping away and doing damage. Poirier’s leg kicks were doing some serious damage and by the second round, McGregor had nothing left on his lead leg.

With his leg severely compromised, McGregor was helpless against the barrage from Dustin Poirier. Poirier ended up scoring the second round knockout at UFC 257. In retrospect, this fight should have been for the lightweight title.

Dana White has been trying to convince Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0) to come back for one more fight. However, the UFC‘s lightweight champion has maintained that he’s not interested in returning. As a result, the lightweight division remains in limbo.

After Poirier’s victory, Dana White initially indicated that he’d like to see Poirier face Michael Chandler for the lightweight title. However, Poirier made it clear that is not what he wanted to do next.

The UFC’s Plan

Since UFC 257, Charles Oliveira (30-8, 1 NC), Michael Chandler (22-5), and Nate Diaz (20-12) have all called for fights against Poirier. Of course, McGregor’s camp has been very vocal that they’d like to do the trilogy next.

Of those options, Poirier said he would be interested in everyone but Michael Chandler. With that in mind, the UFC has been working behind the scenes on what’s next for The Diamond. Well, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani said yesterday that the promotion is moving in a specific direction.

As of now, the UFC is currently planning on doing the trilogy between Poirier and McGregor next. There is no timeline as of now, but the word is that McGregor would love to do the fight in May. It is not known if the UFC lightweight title would be on the line in this matchup.

The one guy who could be an odd man out here is Charles Oliveira. As of now, the UFC also appears more likely to book Chandler against Justin Gaethje (22-3). I also think Nate Diaz is more likely to fight someone like Tony Ferguson as opposed to Charles Oliveira.

Charles Oliveira has turned down fights because he’s adamant that he wants a title shot next. However, it now appears that he could be the odd man out in the UFC’s lightweight division. We will have to see how this plays out.

UFC: Rafael Dos Anjos believes he’s a nightmare for Conor McGregor

The year is 2016 and Rafael Dos Anjos (30-13) is the UFC‘s lightweight champion. RDA was 10-1 in his last eleven fights on his way to capturing the lightweight title. He was looked at as one of the very best in the sport.

Dos Anjos was set to headline UFC 196 against the featherweight champion, Conor McGregor (22-5). McGregor had just knocked out Jose Aldo in 14 seconds to become the undisputed champion. He immediately wanted to move up in weight to become a two-division champion.

The UFC booked the fight and the superfight was set. However, the superfight never came to be. As the story goes, RDA ended up injured and some guy named Nate Diaz (20-12) took his place. Diaz went on to defeat Conor McGregor and the two rematched in August.

With those two tied up, RDA recovered and ended up fighting Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title. Alvarez stopped Dos Anjos and became the UFC lightweight champion. McGregor then knocked out Alvarez to win the title. RDA would go on to lose a second straight fight before moving up to welterweight for the last few years.

Now, RDA has returned to the UFC‘s lightweight division. It’s been a few years, but he still wants that fight with Conor McGregor. McGregor is fresh off of a loss at UFC 257 to Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC). McGregor is ranked sixth while RDA is ranked seventh in the division. Could this fight finally happen?

Will UFC 196’s original main event finally happen?

Dos Anjos had an interview with MMA Junkie this week where he talked about the potential matchup. It’s a fight that RDA would like the UFC to put together and he still believes that he is a nightmare matchup for Conor McGregor.

“I’m a very bad matchup for Conor,” RDA told MMA Junkie. “My style, my kicks, southpaw stance, my wrestling, and my grappling. This has passed, but with the results of his last fight, I believe our paths can cross again.”

McGregor has come out and said that he wants the trilogy with Poirier next. The UFC is still going back and forth about what they want to do. If McGregor wants to get back in there for the sake of competition, RDA would be a good opponent for him.

Obviously, there’s history between the two men. This is a fight that we never got to see as fight fans and it’s a very intriguing matchup on paper. From a rankings perspective, it’s actually the one fight for McGregor that makes the most sense. Will be interesting to see how the UFC proceeds.