Conor McGregor
The Notorious

Ireland

Trilogy bout with Poirier confirmed
LightweightUFC
April 14, 2021
UFC president Dana White confirmed Wednesday via his personal Twitter account that McGregor (22-5-0) will face Dustin Poirier (27-6-0, 1 NC) in a lightweight fight July 10 at UFC 264 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
As anticipated, McGregor and Poirier will meet in Las Vegas this summer for their third matchup. McGregor previously secured a first-round knockout victory over Poirier in September 2014, but Poirier got the better of the Irishman in their rematch in January at UFC 257 with a second-round win. The McGregor-Poirier trilogy fight will serve as the headliner for the July 10 event.
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Trilogy vs. Poirier set for July
LightweightUFC
April 3, 2021
While there has not been a formal announcement, McGregor tweeted Saturday that the final match in his trilogy versus Dustin Poirier has been booked for July 10.
ANALYSIS
This fight is expected to headline UFC 264in Las Vegas. McGregor's opponent, Poirier, reportedly opted to take this match rather than fight for the vacant lightweight title. The first fight in this series ened with a first-round knockout at the hands of McGregor in September of 2014. However, Poirer evened the score with a second-round TKO at UFC 257 in January.
Trilogy vs. Poirier coming?
LightweightUFC
March 29, 2021
A lightweight fight between McGregor and Dustin Poirier is being finalized for UFC 264 on July 10, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
McGregor defeated Poirier once in 2014, but he had his return spoiled by the "The Diamond" back in January. A concluding trilogy between the two makes perfect sense as McGregor's next fight, and though such a match hasn't been officially locked into the UFC 264 card, all three parties are reportedly optimistic that a fight will be finalized soon. Despite no belt being on the line, the presence of McGregor would likely be plenty for this to serve as the headliner of the company's annual International Fight Week following Fourth of July weekend. A few sportsbooks already have odds out for the trilogy, with McGregor (somewhat surprisingly) entering as roughly a (-140) betting favorite.
Returned spoiled by Dustin Poirier
LightweightUFC
January 23, 2021
McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier via TKO (punches) at 2:32 of Round 2 at UFC 257 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
It goes without saying this is a massive, debilitating loss for both McGregor and future UFC business on the whole. Conor's act only works if he's winning fights, and he clearly didn't win on Saturday. McGregor had a strong first round despite allowing Poirier to connect on an easy takedown. Conor eventually worked his way back to his feet and appeared to barely get the better of the striking exchanges between the two men over the course of the first five minutes. The tide turned when Dustin began pounding Conor with leg kicks. He peppered McGregor's front leg, and the lack of stability eventually allowed Poirier to open up with his hands. As expected, the gap between the two men was razor-thin. Conor confirmed in his post-fight interview with Jon Anik that the calf kicks from Dustin changed the course of the fight. Owing a portion of his poor performance to inactivity (McGregor hadn't fought in just over a full calendar year), Conor confirmed we will see him back in the Octagon sooner rather than later. His opponent remains to be seen. There is no obvious fight to make following this upset, though a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz has long been lingering in the background. Something like that would definitely sell pay-per-views, in addition to giving Conor a strong opportunity to right the ship.
To officially return in January
LightweightUFC
November 19, 2020
McGregor has signed his bout agreement to face Dustin Poirier in a lightweight matchup at UFC 257 on Jan. 23, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
This is a matchup that has been discussed for weeks, and while McGregor would have preferred it to take place in December, he's ultimately decided to sign on the dotted line. UFC President Dana White told media this week that he believes current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov isn't really retired, so this matchup between McGregor and Poirier won't be for a belt. If White's assertion is true, however, this could very well be the path for McGregor to take another shot at the belt. To do so, he'll have to get through one of the best lightweights on the roster in Poirier, who has won five of his last six fights, including victories elite opponents like Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway. McGregor did defeat Poirier once all the way back in 2014, but Poirier is a much more evolved fighter now than when he was knocked out in the first round over six years ago. Both of these fighters are high-volume, sophisticated strikers with little reason to go to the mat. Both stand at 5-foot-9, while McGregor will carry roughly a two-inch reach advantage. McGregor typically gets a nudge from casual bettors in Las Vegas, and that again appears to be the case here, as early odds peg him as approximately a (-220) betting favorite.
Matchup with Poirier confirmed
LightweightUFC
October 31, 2020
UFC president Dana White said "as far as I know" the bout between McGregor and Dustin Poirier "is done" for Jan. 23 MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
"The Notorious" posted via his personal Twitter account in mid-October that he accepted an offer to fight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Jan. 23, and Poirier has now been confirmed as his opponent. McGregor took down Donald Cerrone in his return to the Octagon last January and again mused his retirement early in the summer, but in the time since he's made clear he isn't finished. Poirier last fought Dan Hooker in late June and won via unanimous decision in an entertaining affair.