It’s hard to be over-the-top about a fight this big. The upcoming third meeting between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor isn’t for another six weeks, scheduled to take place on July 10, but it is so big that it’s impossible to talk about it too soon. Check out the odds on this epic rematch here.
In total agreement is the Poirier camp and his head coach Mike Brown, who thinks the decision to pass on a title fight in favor of a rematch with McGregor was the best move for his fighter’s career.
“Conor is the biggest draw in the sport, and I think this will sell more pay-per-views than any other fight. This potentially will be the biggest pay-per-view of all time. So it really has that capability, and it probably will.”
Poirier’s decision left Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler to fight it out for the lightweight title at UFC 262, where Oliveira was crowned the champion with a win in the second round. Oliveira is now expected to fight the winner of Poirier-McGregor for his first title defense.
These two fighters first met at UFC 178 almost seven years ago. At the time of that fight, McGregor was 3-0, without a Top 10 win in his UFC career, and was known for a mouth as much as his fists.
That last bit is still the same. McGregor, to this day, has never met a microphone he doesn’t like. But on that night in 2014, his fists made a name for themselves when he stopped Poirier with TKO in less than two minutes.
That win launched McGregor into top prospect territory and led him to become the winner of the featherweight title and later the lightweight title. He became the first man to hold two titles in the UFC simultaneously, and his road to immortality began with that win over Poirier.
The two wouldn’t meet again until this past January at UFC 257. In the time between fights, McGregor unified the two featherweight belts with a 13 second knockout of Jose Aldo. He beat Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight belt. Then, he was stripped of his featherweight belt because of inactivity. He boxed Floyd Mayweather, losing by TKO in the 10th round. And he launched a whiskey brand that he eventually sold for $600 million.
For Poirier, the time between his humbling loss in 2014 and his redemption TKO in January, he won the interim UFC Lightweight Championship in 2019 but lost the main title bout five months later to Khabib Nurmagomedov. He’s also won eight Fight of the Night awards but has never reached the heights that he was approaching when he first fought McGregor in 2014.
Although his win in January and another win in July, he should get him another shot at the title he’s been chasing since 2010.
Poirier-McGregor Method of Victory Odds
Odds have been out since the trilogy fight was confirmed for a sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 10.
- Dustin Poirier (+220)
- Conor McGregor (+110)
- Dustin Poirier (+550)
- Conor McGregor (+750)
- Dustin Poirier (+950)
- Conor McGregor (+2800)
- Dustin Poirier (+5000)
- Conor McGregor (+5000)
Odds for the straight-up winner remain more or less even. The favorite has shifted back and forth since they announced the fight. It’s currently McGregor on the slight favorite side at -120, to Poirier’s -110.
Dana White in Search of Backup Fight
With 20,000 fans ready to give Las Vegas its first full-capacity sporting event since the pandemic hit more than a year ago, it’s better to be safe than sorry. So in the name of prudence, UFC president Dana White has been looking for a backup match to Poirier-McGregor, just in case.
“I’m actually looking for someone right now to be the backup on that card. Nobody’s jumping out. Nobody’s kicking down my door,” said White.
No. 2 contender Justin Gaethje would be the best option, but he’s recently expressed unhappiness with the UFC. No. 3 and No. 4, Beneil Dariush and Michael Chandler both just fought in UFC 262 and want time off. And Dariush’s wife is also expecting a baby in the coming weeks.
Nobody else would be a worthy replacement.
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