The trilogy fight between top lightweight contenders and UFC superstars Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor has taken another step closer to being finalized. Ariel Helwani of ESPN reported on Friday that Poirier has officially signed his contract for the trilogy fight against McGregor, and the fight is set to take place on July 10 at UFC 264.
Dustin Poirier has officially signed his contract to fight Conor McGregor on July 10, sources say. McGregor, as we know, was already in.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 2, 2021
“Dustin Poirier has officially signed his contract to fight Conor McGregor on July 10, sources say. McGregor, as we know, was already in.”
There wasn’t much news needed from the McGregor side of things, because it was apparent immediately after their last meeting at UFC 257 that he was ready to run it back. Video footage backstage captured McGregor and Poirier talking after their fight, and both men acknowledged that the trilogy would happen.
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) April 2, 2021
Dustin Poirier evened the score with McGregor at UFC 257 this past January when he claimed a second-round TKO victory over the former featherweight and lightweight champion, the first time McGregor had been finished by strikes in his UFC career, and his second consecutive loss inside the lightweight division. Back in 2014 at UFC 178 when both were competing at featherweight, McGregor finished Poirier in the first round, but their most recent meeting showed many changes both inside and outside the cage for Poirier and McGregor.
While McGregor has held titles at featherweight and lightweight, Poirier has been a consistent mainstay at the top of the UFC’s lightweight division, where he is also a one-time interim champion.
Also included in Helwani’s report was the fact that while the UFC has yet to reveal a venue for the fight, it is expected to be held with fans in attendance, as UFC 261 and UFC 262 will be held in Florida and Texas with full crowds expected.
Not only will this be a lucrative, high-profiled fight for Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor but it also will have major implications in the lightweight division as the winner could be in line for the next title fight opportunity after Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler fight for the vacant title at UFC 262.