UFC: What next for Conor McGregor?
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Conor McGregor will be returning to the Octagon this weekend, as he comes face-to-face with rival Dustin Poirier for a third time. Both fighters have recorded one win against the other in previous fights, with Saturday’s clash aiming to culminate a stunning trilogy.
McGregor came out of retirement for a third time to face Poirier at Fight Island in January, earlier this year.
The Notorious had the better of the first round, but struggled in Round Two.
Poirier – nicknamed The Diamond – launched a flurry of jabs to seal a knockout win two-and-a-half minutes into the round.
McGregor was hoping that a win against Poirier would see up a world title fight, but the defeat has pushed him down the UFC pecking order.
The pair originally met in the Octagon back in 2014, with McGregor ultimately coming out on top.
He won the fight inside two minutes, after landing a sharp left-hand punch on the American.
But, since that defeat, Poirier has come back much stronger, winning 11 of his next 14 fights.
McGregor, meanwhile, has now won three of his last six fights.
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What time is the McGregor vs Poirier fight tonight?
The event is set to get underway from 1am, UK time, on Sunday morning (July 11).
McGregor and Poirier are expected to make their entrances at around 5am.
The fight will be broadcast exclusively by BT Sport Box Office.
The pay-per-view event will cost £19.95, and will include a total of eight fights.
Poirier goes into the fight full of confidence, and is backing himself to complete back-to-back wins over McGregor.
“I made the decision pretty easily, if I am the best in the world then I’m going to beat Conor and fight for the belt, it’s like doubling down on yourself,” he told ESPN.
The undercard will feature Gilbert Burns taking on Stephen Thompson, as well as Tai Tuivasa fighting former NFL star Greg Hardy.
Irene Aldana clashes with Yana Kunitskaya in a women’s bantamweight fight, while Sean O’Malley fights Kris Moutinho.
McGregor vs Poirier undercard – in full
Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor – Lightweight
Gilbert Burns vs Stephen Thompson – Welterweight
Tai Tuivasa vs Greg Hardy – Heavyweight
Irene Aldana vs Yana Kunitskaya – Women’s bantamweight
Sean O’Malley vs Kris Moutinho – Bantamweight
Carlos Condit vs Max Griffin – Welterweight
Niko Price vs Michel Pereira – Welterweight
Dricus Du Plessis vs Trevin Giles – Middleweight
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