It is the third time they have faced each other, and there was one victory per side, so this fight will define who is the winner of this trilogy.
Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor meet again in the UFC. It is the closing of a trilogy that began many years ago but will have a final chapter this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (United States). They are different fighters from those who faced each other in 2014 but very similar to those who starred in a fight last January.
They both hit the scales for their non-title bout on Friday and charged 156 pounds. Also, former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will be the reserve fighter for the main event.
Currently, the American Dustin Poirier, 32, is the number one in the lightweight ranking and has embarked on this challenge for the money that represents him to face a McGregor he defeated by KO in the second round forceful definition on January 23, 2021. That win left his record at 27 wins, with 13 knockouts and seven submissions. In addition, he was defeated six times, and his last fall was against Khabib in 2019.
For his part, the Irish fighter of the same age has increasingly beaten his prestige as a former double UFC champion. It comes to this confrontation as the least favorite in the betting, something natural after the last result but mainly because he only registers one victory in the last four years.
While no one can deny the dangerousness of Conor McGregor, even Dustin Porier knows it. "He can hit hard, with a lot of his tools, but it's all about positioning. My body was in a good position when he connected," Poirier explained to ESPN when talking about his strategy to repel attacks the last time they crossed.
The Diamond will have to take advantage of that The Notorious has lost a lot of mobility concerning his beginnings in mixed martial arts (MMA), which has recently led to the toughest end of his career. McGregor, however, is very confident to step into the Octagon. "I am more dangerous than before and will have no way of dealing with me," said the Irishman in the preview.
MCGREGOR VS. POIRIER 3
Lightweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor
Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa vs. Greg hardy
Welterweight: Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson
Women's Bantamweight: Irene Aldana vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Bantamweight: Sean O'Malley vs. Kris Moutinho
Welterweight: Carlos Condit vs. Max griffin
Welterweight: Niko Price vs. Michel Pereira
Welterweight: Sean Brady vs. Kevin lee
Middleweight: Trevin Giles vs. Dricus Du Plessis
Featherweight: Ryan Hall vs. Ilia Topuria
Female flyweight: Jennifer Maia vs. Jessica Eye
Middleweight: Omari Akhmedov vs. Brad Tavares
Flyweight: Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Jerome Rivera
Middleweight: Hu Yaozong vs. Alen Amedovski
Main Card Start Times:
22:00 local time
23:00 Argentina and Uruguay
22:00: Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia, and Venezuela
21:00 Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico City
TV: ESPN 2 South America.