Dana White says Poirier – McGregor 4 will happen after UFC 264 result

UFC 264 didn’t end the way that anyone thought it would. The main event was headlined by the third installment of Dustin Poirier (28-6, 1 NC) and Conor McGregor (22-6). Unlike the second fight which saw both men respect the other, the third fight was personal.

McGregor got off to a hot start again at UFC 264. Utilizing a steady diet of leg kicks, McGregor was controlling the striking early on in the fight. Poirier started slow again, but started to get comfortable after McGregor’s hot start.

Both men traded big shots before they clinched. McGregor synched in a guillotine choke that appeared tight for a moment, but Poirier fought through it. The Diamond then got the top position and spent most of the second half of the round reigning down shots on McGregor.

Near the end of the first, McGregor got back to his feet. Both threw big shots that missed and when McGregor stepped back, his ankle snapped. The round ended and UFC 264‘s main event ended with a doctor stoppage due to McGregor’s ankle injury.

The UFC’s Plans

It was clear that there was still no love lost between Poirier and McGregor after UFC 264. Poirier was mocking McGregor while McGregor used his post-fight interview to callout Poirier’s wife Jolie.

Dana White took the podium at the post-fight press conference and made it clear that these two will fight again. White said, “Dustin Poirier will fight for the title and when Conor is healed and ready to go, you do the rematch.”

White continued, “The fight didn’t get finished. You can’t have a fight finished that way so we will see how this whole thing plays out. Who knows how long Conor will be out. Poirier will do his thing until Conor is ready.”

Obviously, Poirier will be fighting UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira (31-8, 1 NC) next. Given how this fight ended, I would guess that the UFC aims to make that fight happen at the end of the year.

If Poirier wins that fight, the UFC will then move towards the fourth McGregor fight which would be massive especially if the lightweight title is on the line. Time will tell and a lot will depend on how McGregor heals.

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

Gilbert Burns uses takedowns to defeat Wonderboy at UFC 264

In the co-main event of UFC 264, we saw a pivotal matchup between top welterweight contenders. Former title challengers Gilbert Burns (19-4) and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (16-4-1) went head-to-head as both looked to get another crack at the welterweight strap.

UFC 264 was the first time we’ve seen Gilbert Burns since his failed attempt to capture the title back in February. After a good start, Burns faded and he was ultimately stopped by Kamaru Usman in the third round of their title fight.

That was the first time that Burns had lost at 170 pounds. Prior to that, Burns looked like a buzzsaw in the UFC‘s welterweight division. Burns possesses great speed and power on the feet to go along with his world class jiu jitsu.

Since late 2019, Stephen Thompson has played the role of gatekeeper in the UFC‘s welterweight division. First it was Vicente Luque and then he fought Geoff Neal in December.

Both of those guys looked to be the rising contenders, but Thompson dominated them both. The UFC‘s “NMF” was looking to beat Burns tonight to secure his third shot at the welterweight title.

UFC 264 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 264 co-main event started with a touch of the gloves. Burns takes the center as Wonderboy starts with his wide stance from the outside. Low kick from Wonderboy starts the striking in the opening minute.

Burns tries a blitz, but nothing lands. Wonderboy presses back forward and Burns shoots in for a takedown. Burns gets deep on the attempt, but Wonderboy is defending well. Wonderboy using the fence and a wide base to keep the fight standing.

Good knee to the thigh for Gilbert Burns. Nothing much happening here as the crowd is becoming restless. Burns tries for another double, but Wonderboy keeps it up. However, Burns switches to a single and gets Wonderboy down to the ground.

Burns settles into halfguard as Wonderboy tries to work his way back to the fence. Wonderboy posts against the fence as he’s trying to get up, but Burns is holding strong. Great ground defense from Wonderboy who gets to a knee. Big shots from Gilbert Burns and Wonderboy is up against the fence.

Burns holds Wonderboy against the fence as the crowd starts booing again. They separate and Wonderboy seems to rock Burns at the buzzer. Overall not a ton here in the first round, but it’s 1-0 Burns at UFC 264.

Round 2

Entering the second round at UFC 264 and both fighters look fresh. They touch to start the second and Wonderboy opens with a jab and leg kick. Burns tries for a headkick, but he’s way out of range.

Spinning kick from Wonderboy just misses. A blitz from Wonderboy and he follows it with a stiff jab. Nasty body kick lands for Wonderboy. Side kick from Wonderboy and Burns circles on the outside.

Another side kick from Wonderboy who’s opening up here in the second round. Burns tries to press forward, but he’s so out of range that nothing comes close to landing. Good body kick from Wonderboy lands.

Wonderboy presses forward with a headkick. Spinning headkick lands for Wonderboy and Burns immediately tries to get it back. Tons of pressure from Burns who lands a right hand. Wonderboy re-establishes the range and he lands a good leg kick. 1-2 lands for Wonderboy.

Burns tries for a takedown, but Wonderboy shrugs him off. Wonderboy lands off the break and Burns looks a little frustrated. Burns gets a takedown just at the end of the round and lands some good shots. Close round, but I lean Wonderboy which would make it 1-1 at UFC 264.

Round 3

Heading into the final round at UFC 264 and I think the fight is even, but Burns could be up 2-0. They touch gloves to start the final round and Wonderboy takes the center. Burns is changing levels as he evades a headkick from Wonderboy.

Wonderboy steps forward with a 1-2 that just misses. Massive right hand lands for Wonderboy and Wonderboy lands a headkick. Wonderboy stalking Burns here in the third and it appears that he’s feeling the urgency.

Spinning back kick from Wonderboy drops Burns. Burns fires back and tries desperately to take Wonderboy down. Wonderboy gets backed up to the fence as the crowd erupts in boos. Wonderboy defending well here.

Burns is very heavy on the pressure and he slams Wonderboy to the ground. The crowd begins to boo as Burns just controls Wonderboy from side-control. Burns lands a few shots from the side, but nothing massive.

Wonderboy trying desperately to get to his feet, but nothing is happening. Burns is going to ride out this win and get back on track.

Gilbert Burns def. Stephen Thompson by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Tai Tuivasa knocks out Greg Hardy at UFC 264

On the main card of UFC 264, we saw two heavyweight knockout artists go to war. Former All-Pro defensive lineman Greg Hardy (7-3, 1 NC) took on the fan favorite Tai Tuivasa (11-3).

Greg Hardy was making the walk for the ninth time in his UFC career. Thus far, Hardy has a record of 4-3, 1 NC in his eight trips inside the octagon. One thing we have seen from Hardy is a steady improvement as his career has progressed.

In his last fight, Hardy lost to top ten contender Marcin Tybura. Hardy looked really good in the first round of their fight, but ultimately gassed and was finished on the ground. Taking out his DQ loss in his UFC debut, Hardy has only lost to Tybura and Alexander Volkov.

Standing across from Hardy tonight was “Bam Bam” Tai Tuivasa. Tuivasa was looking to pick up his third straight UFC win tonight. Back in 2018, Tuivasa looked like he was on the verge of a title shot.

He was a perfect 9-0 overall and he had won his first three UFC fights. However, he then suffered three consecutive losses which really set him back. He bounced back over the last year and he was looking to pickup another win tonight.

UFC 264 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 264 heavyweight clash kicks off with a touch of the gloves. Early jab throws from Hardy. Big low kicks from Tuivasa and he’s trying to chop down Hardy. Huge right straight lands for Greg Hardy.

Nice jab lands for Hardy, but he eats another big leg kick. Hardy steps forward with a big combination and Tuivasa seems to be wobbled. Hardy rushes forward and he’s clipped by a massive shot from Tuivasa and Hardy is dropped.

Tuivasa follows up and this one is over.

Tai Tuivasa def. Greg Hardy by TKO – Round 1

Sean O’Malley finishes a game Kris Moutinho at UFC 264

Sean O'Malley

Kicking off the main card of UFC 264 tonight was a showdown in the bantamweight division. Rising star “Suga” Sean O’Malley (13-1) returned as he was taking on promotional newcomer Kris Moutinho (9-4).

Originally, O’Malley was supposed to take on Luis Smolka at UFC 264. However, Smolka had to pull out of the fight. Once Smolka was out of the fight, the promotion shopped around several replacement options.

Ultimately, they landed on UFC newcomer Kris Moutinho. Moutinho has spent his entire career thus far fighting on the regional circuit. Heading into tonight, he was on a two-fight win streak.

His last fight came in May at Cage Fury Fighting Championships. He submitted Andrew Salas in the third round. Out of his nine professional wins, Moutinho has four finishes and five wins via decision.

The Suga Show bounced back well after he suffered his first career defeat. Last August at UFC 252, O’Malley suffered his first loss at the hands of Chito Vera. He returned at UFC 260 where he knocked out Thomas Almeida. So far in his UFC career, O’Malley is 5-1 with three knockouts.

UFC 264 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 264 bantamweight contest kicked off with immediate pressure from Moutinho. O’Malley circles on the outside and lands a massive leg kick. More pressure from Moutinho as O’Malley lands a nice jab.

Moutinho throws a combination, but he’s hit with a clean counter from O’Malley. Tons of pressure from Moutinho and O’Malley throws another kick. Powerful kick from Moutinho and O’Malley lands a massive jab.

Big kicks from O’Malley and The Suga Show is on. However, Moutinho isn’t backing away and he throws bombs back at O’Malley. 1-2 from O’Malley as Moutinho pushes forward. Massive combination rocks Moutinho bad.

O’Malley showboating here as he’s teeing off on Kris Moutinho. O’Malley slows his pace as Moutinho goes back to the pressure after he recovers. Moutinho isn’t backing down at all as he pushes forward threw the bombs of O’Malley.

Big combination lands for Kris Moutinho. Massive low kick from Moutinho and O’Malley is slowing down. Back-to-back 1-2s land for O’Malley. Moutinho continues to push forward like a zombie. Moutinho dropped as the round closes and it’s 1-0 O’Malley at UFC 264.

Round 2

Moutinho looked out on his feet in between rounds at UFC 264. Spinning back kick lands for O’Malley to start the striking in round two. Moutinho is talking so much to O’Malley as he pushes forward here in the second.

More pressure from Moutinho here. Jab lands for O’Malley. Huge right hand connects for O’Malley. Head kick from O’Malley and he follows with two jabs. Left straight for Suga. Moutinho lands a body kick as he pushes forward.

Moutinho is putting so much pressure on O’Malley here in the second. Left straight from O’Malley connects. Moutinho pushes O’Malley back to the fence and O’Malley circles as he lands a body kick. Powerful leg kick from Suga Sean.

I’m so impressed with Kris Moutinho here as he just keeps coming. Right hand lands for Moutinho. Combination from Moutinho and O’Malley lands a big right straight as he moves in. Moutinho’s face is busted up here and O’Malley is looking tired.

Both men exchange lefts with a minute left. Big body shot lands for O’Malley. Left hook from Moutinho and O’Malley is starting to fade a little. Right hand from Moutinho and he’s gaining momentum. That said, as the round ends, it’s 2-0 O’Malley at UFC 264.

Round 3

Heading into the final round at UFC 264 and Moutinho needs a finish. Kicks to open for O’Malley here in the third. Moutinho pushes forward and lands a low kick. Moutinho is talking to O’Malley as he’s walking him down.

Big shot lands for Moutinho and O’Malley circles and jabs. Body kick lands for O’Malley. Big right hooks land for Kris Moutinho. O’Malley looking exhausted here in the third round. Low kick lands for Kris Moutinho.

Big deep breaths from Sean O’Malley. Right straight lands for O’Malley and another big hook on the exit. Big headkick lands for O’Malley, but Moutinho just smiles and walks forward. Big combination from Kris Moutinho.

Beautiful combination from O’Malley as again, Moutinho pushes forward. Moutinho is wearing a ton of damage, but he’s not moving back. O’Malley lands a big 1-2. He follows that up with a few big shots, but Moutinho doesn’t even stop.

Moutinho is literally a zombie that’s not going away here in the third. The underdog smiles as he continues to press forward. Big jab from O’Malley and O’Malley lands a few big shots behind it. Herb Dean steps in and the crowd erupts in boos as Moutinho protests the stoppage.

Sean O’Malley def. Kris Moutinho by TKO – Round 3

Max Griffin edges Carlos Condit at UFC 264

The Natural Born Killer returned tonight in the featured prelim of UFC 264. The former interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit (32-13) returned to the octagon to take on Max Griffin (17-8).

This fight was very big opportunity for Max Griffin. Griffin was making his 12th appearance with the UFC. He made his debut with the promotion back in 2016 when he took on another former interim welterweight champion in Colby Covington.

In his previous 11 trips into the octagon, Griffin has gone 5-6. While that’s certainly not the most impressive UFC record, he has been doing well as of late. Coming into tonight, Griffin had won two straight.

Back in October, Condit made his way to the UFC’s Fight Island having lost five in a row. He took on former Ultimate Fighter winner Court McGee. If Condit would have lost, his UFC career would have likely been over.

However, Condit picked up a decision win and got back on track. From there, he defeated Matt Brown in January and now he’s won two-fights in a row. Suddenly, the narrative has changed for Condit who was looking for another big win at UFC 264.

UFC 264 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 264 featured prelim kicked off with no touch of the gloves. Max Griffin pushes forward with two massive kicks that connect on Condit. Condit pushes forward with his own combination, but Griffin counters with two massive low kicks.

Body kick lands for Carlos Condit. Another low kick for Griffin. Sweeping low kick for Griffin as Condit appears to be trying to time an uppercut. Another big kick for Griffin. Griffin goes up top, but Condit blocks. Confident look from the former interim UFC champion.

Back-to-back big leg kicks for Griffin. Griffin is looking great, but Condit doesn’t appear to be concerned. Another kick for Griffin lands. Condit steps forward with a combination and he lands his own leg kick.

Griffin circles on the outside as Condit lands a body kick. Another good low kick for Griffin and Condit counters with a blitz and a body kick. Condit’s legs are beat up and Griffin drops Condit with a big combination. Huge follow ups, but Condit survives.

Huge opening frame for Max Griffin who is putting it on Carlos Condit. Condit gets up and goes for a flying knee, but nothing lands. Condit pushes forward as the round ends. 1-0 for Max Griffin here at UFC 264.

Round 2

The former interim UFC champion needs to get things going entering the second round. Condit opens the striking in the second round with a head kick. Griffin responds with another brutal leg kick.

Condit moves forward and tries for a lead hook but nothing lands. Good right straight for Carlos Condit. Looping right hook for Griffin who looks more measured in this round. Brutal leg kick lands for Max Griffin.

Condit checks a leg kick and counters with a right hook. Griffin circles and he’s popped by a 1-2 from Condit. Condit is picking up the pace as Griffin is slowing down. Right straight lands for Condit. Lots of pressure from Carlos Condit.

Left hook lands for Max Griffin. Condit pushes forward with another combination. Big right hand lands for Condit. Both men exchange left hooks. Griffin steps forward with a combination. Uppercut for Carlos Condit and the striking numbers are dead even in the second.

The former interim UFC champion has definitely found his rhythm. Big body kick lands for Condit. Nice jab from Condit and Griffin pushes back with a left of his own. The bell sounds and I have it 1-1 at UFC 264.

Round 3

Heading into the final round at UFC 264, I think it’s anyone’s fight. Griffin opens the striking with a 1-2. Condit starts back with pressure, but is immediately backed up by Griffin who appears to want the center here in the final frame.

More pressure and urgency from Griffin. Big combination lands for Max Griffin and Condit is backing away. Another big combination lands for Max Griffin. Low kick for Max Griffin and a lead hook lands behind it.

Both men exchange big shots and now Condit has the center. Lead hook for Griffin and Condit lands his own off the break. Huge combination with Griffin, but Condit just eats it. Massive hook to the body lands for Condit who is pushing forward now.

Right straight for Condit and now it’s Griffin going backwards. Jab for Carlos Condit. Another huge body hook lands for Condit and now Griffin circles to the center. Condit goes for a takedown, but Griffin defends and were back to striking.

Massive right straight from Griffin hurts Condit and Griffin gets his own takedown. Less than a minute left and Griffin is on top. Condit gets back to his feet, but Griffin goes right back to the takedown. The round ends and Max Griffin should take this one at UFC 264.

Max Griffin def. Carlos Condit by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

UFC 264 Preview: Sean O’Malley – Kris Moutinho

Sean O'Malley

Kicking off the main card of UFC 264 tomorrow night is a showdown in the bantamweight division. Rising star “Suga” Sean O’Malley (13-1) is back as he will be taking on promotional newcomer Kris Moutinho (9-4).

Originally, O’Malley was supposed to take on Luis Smolka at UFC 264. However, Smolka had to pull out of the fight. Once Smolka was out of the fight, the promotion shopped around several replacement options.

Ultimately, they landed on UFC newcomer Kris Moutinho. Moutinho has spent his entire career thus far fighting on the regional circuit. Heading into tomorrow night, he’s won back-to-back fights.

His last fight came in May at Cage Fury Fighting Championships. He submitted Andrew Salas in the third round. Out of his nine professional wins, Moutinho has four finishes and five wins via decision.

The Suga Show bounced back well after he suffered his first career defeat. Last August at UFC 252, O’Malley suffered his first loss at the hands of Chito Vera. He returned at UFC 260 where he knocked out Thomas Almeida. So far in his UFC career, O’Malley is 5-1 with three knockouts.

UFC 264 Prediction

Kris Moutinho is getting the shot of a lifetime tomorrow night at UFC 264. Prior to this fight, nobody knew who he was and now he is getting to fight someone like Sean O’Malley on the main card of the biggest card of the year.

In reality, Moutinho has nothing to lose tomorrow night. However, he has everything to gain and that’s what makes him a dangerous opponent. Sean O’Malley on the other hand has virtually nothing to gain while having everything to lose.

In reality, Sean O’Malley needs to make this look easy tomorrow night. No disrespect to Kris Moutinho, but O’Malley needs to show the world that there are levels to this. An ultra competitive fight is still a loss for O’Malley even if he gets his hand raised at UFC 264.

That said, I do believe that O’Malley is going to go out and put on a show. I think the fight goes into the second round, but O’Malley will find the finishing blow and secure another knockout for his personal highlight reel.

Prediction: Sean O’Malley by TKO – Round 2

UFC 264 Preview: Greg Hardy – Tai Tuivasa

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC 264, we will see two heavyweight knockout artists go to war. Former All-Pro defensive lineman Greg Hardy (7-3, 1 NC) will be taking on the fan favorite Tai Tuivasa (11-3).

Greg Hardy will be making the walk for the ninth time in his UFC career. Thus far, Hardy has a record of 4-3, 1 NC in his eight trips inside the octagon. One thing we have seen from Hardy is a steady improvement as his career has progressed.

In his last fight, Hardy lost to top ten contender Marcin Tybura. Hardy looked really good in the first round of their fight, but ultimately gassed and was finished on the ground. Taking out his DQ loss in his UFC debut, Hardy has only lost to Tybura and Alexander Volkov.

Standing across from Hardy tomorrow night is “Bam Bam” Tai Tuivasa. Tuivasa will be looking to pick up his third straight UFC win tomorrow night. Back in 2018, Tuivasa looked like he was on the verge of a title shot.

He was a perfect 9-0 overall and he had won his first three UFC fights. However, he then suffered three consecutive losses which really set him back. He bounced back over the last year and he’s looking to make it three in a row tomorrow night.

UFC 264 Prediction

If there’s one fight on the UFC 264 main card that you should expect a knockout in, it’s this one. Both of these heavy hitters are going to come out with everything they have in the first round.

Now, of course because I said that, they will probably grapple the entire time and we will see a decision. The money coming in right now is on Tai Tuivasa and it’s not a bad bet considering his history and the history of Greg Hardy.

However, I’m going against the grain on this one and going with my gut. Something tells me that Greg Hardy is going to pickup the biggest win of his career at UFC 264. I think this fight ends in the first, and something tells me Greg Hardy connects with something big.

Prediction: Greg Hardy by TKO – Round 1

UFC 264 Preview: Gilbert Burns – Stephen Thompson

Tomorrow night in the co-main event of UFC 264, we will see a pivotal matchup between top welterweight contenders. Former title challengers Gilbert Burns (19-4) and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (16-4-1) will go head-to-head as both look to get another crack at the welterweight strap.

UFC 264 will be the first time we’ve seen Gilbert Burns since his failed attempt to capture the title back in February. After a good start, Burns faded and he was ultimately stopped by Kamaru Usman in the third round of their title fight.

That was the first time that Burns had lost at 170 pounds. Prior to that, Burns looked like a buzzsaw in the UFC‘s welterweight division. Burns possesses great speed and power on the feet to go along with his world class jiu jitsu.

He’s going to need every tool he has tomorrow night when he takes on Wonderboy. Since late 2019, Stephen Thompson has played the role of gatekeeper in the UFC‘s welterweight division. First it was Vicente Luque and then he fought Geoff Neal in December.

Both of those guys looked to be the rising contenders, but Thompson dominated them both. The UFC‘s “NMF” will look to defeat Gilbert Burns tomorrow as he will try to secure his third shot at the welterweight title.

UFC 264 Prediction

Heading into UFC 264, Gilbert Burns is very familiar with Wonderboy Thompson. Burns was in the corner of his best friend, Vicente Luque, the night that Luque lost to Thompson. This is a fight that Burns definitely wants to get back for his friend and his team.

That said, it’s not going to be easy. Burns is going to have the speed and power advantage tomorrow night. He’s also going to have a massive advantage on the ground if the fight ever ends up there.

However, I’m not sure it will. I don’t know if Burns has the wrestling ability to get Wonderboy down at UFC 264. I’m betting that he likely won’t and for that reason, I think we are going to primarily see a standup fight.

With both men standing, I really like Wonderboy. When it comes to technique and controlling distance, it doesn’t get much better than Wonderboy. In reality, I’m expecting a very similar fight as the Vicente Luque fight.

You’re going to see Wonderboy extremely lose out there and I think he’s going to have a field day with counter straights. Burns will land his shots, but I see Thompson picking up his third consecutive win at UFC 264.

Prediction: Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson by Unanimous Decision

UFC 264 Preview: Dustin Poirier – Conor McGregor 3

dusin porier, conor mcgregor

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