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.
My team does their due diligence to make sure every donation meets the mark. My generosity is known. You will pay with your brain for this attempt at smearing my name. Shooting ass shelling ass bitch. Little bitch kicks from a shell. Good luck when you’re caught. You’re fucked.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 12, 2021