Dustin Poirier wins at UFC 264 after Conor McGregor’s ankle snaps

In the main event of UFC 264, we saw the conclusion of the trilogy between Conor McGregor (22-5) and Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC). The two men were looking to settle once and for all who is the better fighter.

The two first met at UFC 178 with McGregor scoring the TKO victory in the first round. That fight took place at featherweight during McGregor’s run to the top of the combat sports world. The win over Poirier proved just how talented Conor McGregor was.

Of course, McGregor went on to become a two-division UFC champion and the biggest star the sport has ever seen. With all the money and the fame, many have questioned the dedication of McGregor.

Back in January at UFC 257, Dustin Poirier evened the score with Conor McGregor. After getting touched up by some good shots in the first round, Poirier swarmed McGregor in the second with a barrage against the fence.

Dustin Poirier has been the best lightweight in the UFC over the past few years not named Khabib Nurmagomedov. Poirier has beaten all the top guys and was looking to earn a shot against Charles Oliveira tonight with a win over McGregor.

UFC 264 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 264 main event started with immediate pressure from McGregor. McGregor with spinning body kicks early. Big leg kick from Conor McGregor. Poirier circling on the outside and another leg kick lands for McGregor.

Another leg kick for McGregor lands. Poirier counters with his own and throws a big combination. McGregor plots forward as both settle in. Another big leg kick from McGregor. 1-2 from McGregor and Poirier blitzes with a huge combination.

McGregor forces the clinch and Poirier pushes him against the fence. A deep guillotine is in for McGregor, but Poirier fights through it and ends up on top. Poirier pops his head out and starts throwing bombs from the top.

Huge elbow lands for Dustin Poirier. Poirier moving right through the defense of McGregor here against the fence. However, McGregor lands massive elbows from the bottom. Poirier starts throwing bombs from the top and hurts McGregor.

McGregor is getting beaten up here on the ground. Poirier postures up and stands. McGregor lands a massive upkick and Poirier settles into the guard. Huge elbows from Poirier. They stand up and McGregor breaks his ankle. The fight ends with a McGregor injury.

Dustin Poirier def. Conor McGregor by TKO (Ankle Injury) – Round 1

UFC 264 Preview: Dustin Poirier – Conor McGregor 3

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Tomorrow night in the main event of UFC 264, we will see the conclusion of the trilogy between Conor McGregor (22-5) and Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC). The two men will look to settle once and for all who is the better fighter.

The two first met at UFC 178 with McGregor scoring the TKO victory in the first round. That fight took place at featherweight during McGregor’s run to the top of the combat sports world. The win over Poirier proved just how talented Conor McGregor was.

Of course, McGregor went on to become a two-division UFC champion and the biggest star the sport has ever seen. With all the money and the fame, many have questioned the dedication of McGregor. Tomorrow night, he will look to show the world that he’s still at the top of the game.

Back in January at UFC 257, Dustin Poirier evened the score with Conor McGregor. After getting touched up by some good shots in the first round, Poirier swarmed McGregor in the second with a barrage against the fence.

Dustin Poirier has been the best lightweight in the UFC over the past few years not named Khabib Nurmagomedov. Poirier has beaten all the top guys and he will look to earn himself another undisputed title shot tomorrow night with his second victory over McGregor.

UFC 264 Prediction

When these two fought back in January, I was convinced that Conor McGregor was going to win. It’s not that I didn’t believe in Poirier, I just thought that McGregor was the better striker and I figured he would land the big shot early.

McGregor did land those shots at UFC 257, but he couldn’t put Poirier away. When Poirier didn’t go away, the fight completely turned. If we’ve learned anything about Dustin Poirier over the last few years it’s that he’s a dog.

If the fight gets tough, that’s when Poirier turns it on. To me, it’s relatively easy to see winning scenarios for both men at UFC 264. If the fight ends in the first round with a clean knockout, Conor McGregor is going to get his hand raised.

However, if this fight stretches to the late second and into the middle rounds, it’s hard to bet against The Diamond. Skill for skill, I actually like Conor McGregor. However, when it comes to pure grit and toughness, you cannot beat Dustin Poirier.

I see McGregor having some really solid success early on. However, much like the second fight, I think Poirier weathers the storm. I think the fight stretches into the third round where Poirier will force a hurt McGregor to shoot for a takedown. When he does, I think Poirier gets a deep choke and earns himself another shot at the UFC lightweight title.

Prediction: Dustin Poirier by Submission (Guillotine Choke) – Round 3

Conor McGregor’s UFC 264 Prediction: ‘Dustin’s going out on a stretcher’

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We are just a few days away from UFC 264 and the conclusion of one of the biggest trilogies in the history of the sport. Former two-division world champion Conor McGregor (22-5) and former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) will battle for the third time.

The series is one a piece with both men earning TKO victories. The last time these two fought was back in January at UFC 257. Conor McGregor started out well using his boxing and won the first round on all three scorecards.

However, Dustin Poirier weathered the storm and came back to score a massive TKO win in the second round. It was the first time in McGregor’s career that he had been stopped by strikes. UFC 257 proved that Dustin Poirier was much different from their first meeting.

Their first meeting took place at UFC 178 with McGregor picking up the first round TKO. That fight took place at featherweight and it was during McGregor’s meteoric rise to the top that saw him capture two world titles.

Today, McGregor sat down with Ariel Helwani to discuss his mindset leading up to UFC 264. McGregor appears more focused than ever and make no mistake about it, he plans on doing some serious damage to the diamond on Saturday night.

Mystic Mac’s UFC 264 Prediction

Despite losing at UFC 257, McGregor isn’t impressed with Dustin Poirier. McGregor said of Poirier, “He’s trembling. Even after the last win Ariel, ‘I don’t like this anymore, I don’t want to do this anymore,’ imagine after your biggest win you saying that. He knows he got electrocuted in both rounds… I had him out on his feet in both rounds.”

As mentioned, McGregor did have a lot of success in the second fight. To be honest, I was incredibly impressed with the durability of Dustin Poirier at UFC 257. The Dustin Poirier that fought McGregor in 2014 wouldn’t have been able to take the shots that he did back in January.

However, this is not the same Dustin Poirier. This Dustin Poirier just might be the best lightweight on the planet now that Khabib Nurmagomedov is retired. That said, McGregor is not impressed and he’s back with his Mystic Mac predictions for UFC 264.

“Dustin’s going out on a stretcher, that’s my prediction. Going out of this fight on a stretcher. I’m not jumping the gun (On whether the fight ends early). I’m ready for it all, but he’s going out on a stretcher.”

Conor McGregor’s UFC 264 Prediction

Conor McGregor’s Legacy Is On The Line At UFC 264; But Will The Former Two Belt Champ Be Able To Rise To The Occasion?

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UFC 264 is going to be special. With two of the biggest names in lightweight history coming together for a third time to determine their destiny on the night of July 10th, the level of anticipation and excitement is going to be ecstatic as greatness unfolds before our eyes.

Some fighters strive their whole careers trying to generate and instill this kind of stimulation and exhilaration, just to fall short due to their lack of success, unpopularity, or quiet, reserved personality presence in the media. But for others, it comes quite naturally. And it so happens that two of the best fighters to produce this kind of effect are none other than “The Notorious” Conor McGregor and “The Diamond” himself, Dustin Poirier.

However, what makes this tale of the tape so intriguing is far greater than both of these lightweight fighters and the raw talent they put on display every time they set foot in the octagon. When legacy, greatness, and ambition collide together all in one night in an epic showdown within the octagon, the atmosphere, energy, adrenaline, and intensity, elevates to a whole other dimension. This is a sensation that’s not new to UFC fans who have had the privilege of experiencing this feeling with several other iconic fighters across the sport’s history. But what UFC fans will experience on July 10th is going to be entirely different and for one big reason: Conor McGregor.

Whether you hate him or love him, McGregor has a special place in the UFC history books, achieving a level of success and glory many MMA fighters only dream of accomplishing in their careers. Making his UFC debut on April 6th, 2013, McGregor took full advantage of his opportunity and flat out dominated the Featherweight division for the next two years (ESPN). Starting with his debut, McGregor won his first seven fights in the UFC, which included his Featherweight Interim Title showdown against Chad Mendes in 2015, followed by his legendary knockout against Jose Aldo to solidify his grip on the Featherweight belt that same year (ESPN).

After going undefeated in the Featherweight division, McGregor felt he needed a new challenge and turned his eyes towards the Lightweight division as he sought to make UFC history: Becoming the first Two-Belt UFC Champion. After receiving his first UFC loss to Nate Diaz in his Lightweight debut on March 5th, 2016, McGregor quickly bounced back, beating Diaz in an immediate rematch followed by his history-breaking Lightweight Title victory over Eddie Alvarez a mere two months later (ESPN). To achieve all of this in just three and a half years was flat-out astounding and unheard of. And despite being as young as he was, McGregor had already stamped his legacy in UFC history.

However, the power of legacy is longevity. When you look at some of the greatest mixed martial artists in UFC history, past and present, not only are many of them decorated with various title defenses within their respective divisions. But for those that we truly consider some of the best we’ve ever seen, they’ve maintained their success for not just one, two, or three years, they’ve maintained it for several years over the vast majority of their careers, if not, the entirety of it. Whether it’s Anderson Silva, who wreaked havoc on the Middleweight division for 6+ years, to Georges St-Pierre obliterating the Welterweight division for 6+ years as well, to Amanda Nunes, who’s been dominating the best female mixed martial artists since 2015, greatness and excellence have always been determined based on how long it’s maintained (ESPN). And even considering McGregor’s success, his three years of glory came and went pretty quickly, with his prominence taking a massive blow ever since.

Following his victory against Alvarez in 2016, McGregor not only went through his fair share of legal troubles but he also got mauled by Khabib Nurmagomedov two years later in 2018, conceding his Lightweight belt to the undefeated champ. After suffering a crushing defeat and running into more legal issues, leading him to take a leave of absence for another two years, McGregor managed to get an impressive KO/TKO against Donald Cerrone in his return to the octagon earlier last year. But just about a year later, McGregor endured a vicious KO/TKO in the second round to Poirier, confronting another major setback yet again in the heart of his career. In short, after coming off a three-year time frame between 2013 and 2016 where he was logging in 2-3 fights almost every year, McGregor has only accumulated a total of three fights since 2017, a severe drop in activity in comparison to the phenomenal run he had (ESPN). When that happens, you lose your touch and feel for not only the level of competition in your division but also for the sport as a whole. And McGregor’s last two losses really brought that concern to life.

So, with all of this in mind, does McGregor still have that “it” factor in him to get the job done and uphold his fading legacy against the man who knocked him out six months ago? Believe it or not, the answer is no, and it really comes down to a few key reasons. To begin with, when you stand Poirier and McGregor side-by-side, and you look at the distinguishing differences that separate them as the fighters they are right now, the biggest and most significant discrepancy is that Poirier has evolved into a much better fighter whereas McGregor has not. And you can even argue that McGregor already peaked following his fight against Alvarez back in 2016. On the contrary, Poirier is debatably in his prime right now and has been logging in 2-3 fights at the bare minimum since 2016 (outside of 2020), whereas Conor is competing in only his fourth fight in four and half years (ESPN). To put it simply, McGregor’s touch and feel for the sport, more or less his division, is not nearly the same than it was 5-6 years ago. And this will directly impede upon his success against a much-improved Poirier.

Secondly, McGregor has not diversified his arsenal of skills enough to the extent that he needs to. Outside of being a deadly striker and nasty in the clinch, McGregor is not good on the ground and has yet to record his first submission victory in the UFC. On the other hand, Poirier is an elite grappler and wrestler and has even spent time training with Amanda Nunes to prepare for his trilogy fight against McGregor. If he chooses to take the fight on the ground, McGregor could struggle immensely and hasn’t proved he can withstand tough, exhausting wrestling matches.

Lastly, McGregor’s physical endurance and ability to go five full rounds has been virtually non-existent throughout his career. Outside of his rematch against Diaz, which went five rounds and resulted in a nail-bitingly close majority draw, McGregor has usually ended his fights in the first or second round and has hardly ever fought long bouts that have surpassed the third round. As a result, not only is he dealing with a lot of pressure to execute that one clean shot he needs in the first round against a really good counter striker in Poirier, but if the fight goes any further than the first two rounds, McGregor’s lack of endurance will cost him, it’s just a matter of when. Poirier, on the contrary, is a workhorse and has been in two big, five-round fights over the last two years. And if he needs to rely on that option to secure this victory against McGregor, he very well can.

Either way you look at it, Poirier has the upper hand in a variety of different ways entering this fight, and significantly so. And despite McGregor’s waning legacy, these core advantages are precisely what will allow Poirier to secure this decisive victory on July 10th as he continues to pursue his destiny in the Lightweight division.

Winner of UFC 264 main event next for the lightweight title

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This weekend we will see one of the most highly anticipated matchups of the year in the main event of UFC 264. The trilogy between Conor McGregor (22-5) and Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) will come to a close.

The rivalry that started seven years ago will come to a close and there’s a lot on the line. Dana White confirmed yesterday with MMA Junkie that the winner of Saturday night’s main event will fight for the lightweight title next.

The new UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira (30-8, 1 NC) will actually be cageside for the main event. With this new wrinkle added in, arguably the biggest fight of 2021 has just become even bigger.

McGregor and Poirier met for the first time back in 2014 with McGregor getting the first round finish. The two men met again back at UFC 257 for the second time. After a hot start for McGregor, Poirier settled in and earn himself a TKO victory in the second round.

UFC Title Eliminator

The series is even with both men having earned a finish leading into UFC 264. It’s going to be very interesting to see the approaches of both men on Saturday night. For McGregor, his mistake was very clear in the second fight.

I believe that the former two-division UFC champion was extremely confident that he would be able to finish Poirier with his boxing in the first round. However, Poirier was able to absorb the shots and attack McGregor’s lead leg with calf kicks.

With McGregor taking a boxing-heavy style in the second fight, he left his leg there to be compromised. In this third matchup, he’s going to need to return to the old style that he utilized when he was on the rise.

For Poirier, I think it’ll be important just to whether the early storm. Poirier is at his best when the fight gets long and tough. He said last week that he wins a war ten out of ten times against Conor McGregor. It’s going to be an incredible matchup with a ton on the line Saturday night.

Dustin Poirier says that if UFC 264 turns into a war, he wins ‘ten out of ten times’

Next weekend at UFC 264 we will see the trilogy fight that we’ve been waiting for since January. Former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) will be taking on former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor (22-5) in the main event.

The two first fought early on in their careers at UFC 178. At the time, McGregor was on his meteoric rise while Poirier was already really established in the UFC. Poirier was expected to be the first big challenge for McGregor and ‘Mystic Mac’ passed with flying colors stopping Poirier in the first round.

Both men went on to achieve great success in their careers. At UFC 257 on Fight Island, their paths crossed with the second time. In the first round, Poirier was able to land an early takedown, but McGregor clearly controlled the striking and won the first round on all cards.

However, Poirier was doing damage to McGregor’s leg that was adding up. McGregor had taken more of a front-leg heavy boxing style and Poirier was throwing heavy calf kicks. In the second round, the kicks became too much and hurt McGregor. Poirier put on the pressure and ultimately stopped McGregor at UFC 257.

Now, the two men will fight for the third and likely final time next Saturday night. Poirier sat down with ESPN this week where he previewed UFC 264. There’s no questioning what Poirier wants next Saturday night. Poirier wants this fight in deep waters and he’s very confident he wins that fight.

A War at UFC 264

Poirier told ESPN, “If I was him, I would try to touch me early and keep me out of rhythm. If this thing starts to blossom into a fight in the second, third, fourth and we start hurting and grinding, I win that fight ten out of ten times… I want a blood and guts war.”

When it comes to UFC 264, I completely agree with Dustin Poirier. If Conor McGregor is going to win this fight, he’s going to have to keep Poirier out of rhythm and he’s going to have to get it done early.

Yes, Conor McGregor was able to win a war with Nate Diaz. However, Dustin Poirier is not Nate Diaz. Dustin Poirier has the finishing ability that Nate Diaz really doesn’t have and his power carries into those later rounds.

If McGregor cannot get Poirier out of there early at UFC 264, he’s going to be in trouble. I’m a fan of both of these guys and I can’t wait to see how this unfolds. To me, the path to victory is clear for both men.

Sound Off: Do you think Conor McGregor can win next Saturday if the fight turns into a back-and-forth war?

What’s next for Nate Diaz after UFC 263?

This past Saturday at UFC 263, Nate Diaz (20-13) took on Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) on the main card. The fight between the two men was the first five-round non-title fight that wasn’t a main event in UFC history.

Diaz requested the fight be five rounds and that is exactly what he got. The reason Diaz requested the five rounds is because he’s notoriously a slow starter. Nate Diaz is normally a guy who really comes on strong in the main event rounds.

The last time we saw Diaz was at UFC 244 when he fought Jorge Masvidal (35-15). That night, a doctor called an end to the fight due to a cut above Diaz’s eye. While Masvidal controlled the early part of the fight, Diaz was coming on at the end of the third before the fight was stopped.

On Saturday night, Leon Edwards was dominating Nate Diaz throughout the fight. Edwards was throwing brutal leg kicks and he even used some trips to get Diaz to the ground. Brutal elbows cut Diaz above his eye and on the side of his head.

However, after being dominated for almost five rounds, Diaz almost pulled off the unthinkable at UFC 263. Diaz through a perfect 1-2 down the middle and Edwards was rocked badly with a minute left in the final round.

Diaz pointed at Edwards and stocked him as “Rocky” could hardly stand on his feet. In all honesty, Diaz wasted valuable time at UFC 263 after he hurt Edwards. Had he really just gone all out, I think he could’ve gotten the finish. However, the fight went to the cards and Edwards escaped with a decision.

What’s next after UFC 263?

Nate Diaz might be the only fighter on the UFC roster who can lose and his star continues to grow. Conor McGregor (22-5) is the biggest star in the history of the sport, but even his star doesn’t grow after a loss.

After UFC 263, Diaz told the media that he wanted to fight again in three or four months. Diaz also made it clear that he wants to fight top level competition in his next fight. What that, who should the UFC pair him with?

It still feels like there’s unfinished business between Diaz and Masvidal. There also feels like there’s unfinished business with Diaz and McGregor. Should McGregor lose to Poirier at UFC 264, I could see the promotion booking the trilogy between the two men since they are 1-1.

I could also see the UFC looking to do the BMF rematch. That was a fight they originally were looking at in 2020, but the fight fell through. Given the type of fights Diaz likes to have, those are the two opponents that make a lot of sense.

UFC: Michael Chandler hopes to return near the end of the year

Michael Chandler (22-6) is still dealing with the disappointment from failing to capture the UFC lightweight title last Saturday. In the headliner of UFC 262, Chandler took on Charles Oliveira (31-8, 1 NC) for the vacant lightweight championship.

The first round of their fight at UFC 262 was one of the best opening rounds of a championship fight I’ve seen in a while. It had it all and both men looked like they could finish the fight in the first round.

For Oliveira, he was able to get Chandler’s back in the first have of the round. A lot of people thought that if Oliveira could get in that dominant of a position at UFC 262, he could finish the fight by submission.

In fact, I picked Oliveira to win by submission. However, Chandler powered through and got out of the dangerous position. The second half of the round was all Michael Chandler and he hurt Oliveira badly on the feet.

At one point, it appeared that the fight was seconds away from getting stopped. Chandler had the UFC lightweight title within his reach, but Oliveira was able to survive the onslaught and we went to the second round.

Much like the first round changed on a dime, the second round changed on a dime. After coming close to finishing the fight in the first round, Chandler was clipped with a perfect left hook from Charles Oliveira.

Oliveira followed up with some finishing shots and captured the UFC lightweight title. For a moment in the first, Michael Chandler’s perfect UFC start appeared to be going according to plan. However, he left the door open and Charles Oliveira took advantage.

UFC return for Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler sat down with MMA on Point this week to break down UFC 262 and talk about his next steps. Chandler admittedly thought he wouldn’t be in a position to consider his options following a loss.

The former Bellator champion said that he planned on winning the UFC title and wanted to wait for the winner of Dustin Poirier – Conor McGregor 3. If that would’ve happened, Chandler said he thought the UFC would book him anywhere from November to January of 2022.

Despite losing at UFC 262, Chandler is wanting to stick to that timeline. Chandler said, “November at the earliest. December, maybe even January. I’m not getting any younger… Obviously, the stakes are high, the competition is high. No matter what, I’ll step inside the cage with a top five guy.”

Opponents to watch for in his UFC return would be Justin Gaethje, Beneil Dariush, Rafael Dos Anjos, or perhaps Islam Makhachev. The loser of McGregor – Poirier could also be an option. As Chandler said, the UFC will give him a top five guy next regardless and if he wins impressively, he’ll be right back in the title mix.

After capturing the lightweight title at UFC 262, what’s next for Charles Oliveira?

In the main event of UFC 262, we saw a new lightweight champion crowned. Charles Oliveira (31-8, 1 NC) and Michael Chandler (22-6) went head-to-head for the vacant UFC lightweight champion.

Last year at UFC 254, Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0) said that he was walking away from the sport. The undisputed lightweight champion lost his father last year and after his last successful title defense, he decided it was time to hang it up.

After Khabib retired, the UFC‘s lightweight division needed a new champion. After Dana White confirmed Khabib’s UFC departure a couple of months ago, the promotion booked Oliveira and Chandler for the vacant title.

Charles Oliveira’s UFC story has been something to behold. At one point, Oliveira was 10-8 with the promotion and looked like one of those fighters who would never truly reach his potential.

He bounced back and forth between lightweight and featherweight before ultimately settling at 155 pounds. A few years ago, Do Bronx started to put it all together and he won eight fights in a row leading up to UFC 262.

Michael Chandler was the prized free agent signing for the promotion in 2020. The former Bellator champion made his debut in January and had a first round knockout win over Dan Hooker.

The fight was close on paper and it was close in reality. In the first round at UFC 262, Michael Chandler was moments away from finishing the fight in the first. However, Oliveira weathered the storm and ultimately came back to win by TKO in the second round. In a lot of ways, Saturday’s main event mirrored Do Bronx’s UFC journey.

What’s next after UFC 262?

So, after his big knockout victory, what’s next for the new UFC lightweight champion. Well, for that answer, we are going to look at the PPV that is coming up on July 10th.

UFC 264 is being headlined by the trilogy matchup between Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) and Conor McGregor (22-5). The two men fought back in January with Poirier evening the score by finishing McGregor in the second round.

The Diamond is the top ranked lightweight in the UFC and honestly should’ve been the one fighting Oliveira on Saturday. However, Poirier took the trilogy fight with McGregor over the title fight which is the better business decision.

McGregor is still the biggest star in the sport and he’s the biggest fight out there. With a win over Poirier, McGregor would jump straight to the front of the line to fight for the title.

Dana White wouldn’t confirm it on Saturday, but the winner of the UFC 264 main event should be next. It would be the biggest fight for the new champion and that’s what he deserves.

UFC: Conor McGregor wants at least two more fights in 2021

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The biggest star in the UFC is wanting to make the walk at least a couple more times before the calendar turns over to 2022. Conor McGregor (22-5) is currently scheduled to face Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) in July at UFC 264.

That matchup will be the third installment of the rivalry between the two men. McGregor won the first matchup back at UFC 178 and then Poirier evened the score with a TKO victory in January at UFC 257.

Both men wanted to do the trilogy and that’s what were getting next. However, McGregor has made it known that he has bigger plans beyond the Poirier trilogy. McGregor had a fun question and answer on Twitter yesterday with his fans.

One of the questions that was asked was around his fighting plans for the rest of the year. When asked how many times he wanted to compete, the former two-division UFC champion said, “2 at least.”

Another question came in regarding his plans for those fights. To that, McGregor said, “I’ll have a few Proper Parties! It’s my birthday that week. Then the World title.” Make no mistake about it, Conor McGregor has his eyes on the UFC lightweight title.

Can McGregor regain the UFC lightweight title?

If you would have asked me a year ago about McGregor’s chances to recapture the UFC title, I wouldn’t be very confident. I’m in the group that believes Conor McGregor is sensational, however, I’m not sure he’s taking the belt of Khabib Nurmagomedov (29-0).

However, with Nurmagomedov out of the picture, it’s a different story. At UFC 262 this weekend, Michael Chandler (22-5) and Charles Oliveira (30-8, 1 NC) will battle for the vacant UFC lightweight title.

The winner of that matchup will likely face the winner of McGregor – Poirier 3 in the fall. With that, the path is quite clear for Conor McGregor to once again become the lightweight champion.

However, it’s a very steep ask. I’m not sure you can put McGregor as the favorite after his last fight with Poirier. If he is able to get passed The Diamond, then he’s got a tough matchup with Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira.

Very different and difficult fights for McGregor. The odds are currently stacked against him, but McGregor’s proved the UFC nay-sayers wrong before. He just might do it again and walk out of 2021 the lightweight champion of the world.