Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier just might be having their rubber match in the Summer. McGregor vs Poirier III was a recent topic of discussion as promotional figurehead Dana White fielded reporter questions at the UFC 260 post-event presser.
I think many in the MMA community figured this fight would be happening next. But we now have some possible specifics on when The Notorious and The Diamond will have their war to settle the score.
July 10th is the outlined date and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada is the desired location. UFC 264 could possibly be headlined by this high-stakes clash at 155 pounds.
White said, “I hope so. That’s the plan”, in relation to this bout being the top of the marquee attraction for UFC 264.
McGregor vs Poirier III
Dustin Poirier kept things short and sweet via his personal Twitter on the matter.
July 10th 💎
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) March 28, 2021
Another interesting nugget from Dana White in the press conference related to former interim UFC lightweight titlist Justin Gaethje.
When asked about if the former WSOF champ could be positioned as the co-main event at UFC 264, White suggested that could happen. But also said Justin Gaethje could potentially be the backup for the big blockbuster rubber match.
As Poirier pursues this McGregor tiebreaker bout, Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira will test skills and vie for the vacant lightweight title. As much as there is the storyline backing to it, McGregor vs Poirier III also likely serves as a lightweight title eliminator.
The initial contest between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier took place at UFC 178 in September 2014. The Irishman knocked out Poirier in less than two minutes during that fight.
Dustin Poirier scored a redemptive victory at UFC 257 against McGregor with a second-round knockout during their January 24th prizefight.
Dana White covered the desired timeline for the McGregor/ Poirier trilogy bout. Plus, a myriad of other topics at the UFC 260 post-fight press conference.