Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 3 date, UK start time and UFC 264 fight card

Conor McGregor will take on Dustin Poirier for the third time this summer.

The pair have each won one of their previous meetings, with the Irishman dominating their first bout at UFC 178 and picking up an early first-round TKO.

But Poirier ended up back in the octagon with McGregor in January of this year at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi, avenging his defeat with a second-round stoppage.

And now they meet once more, with a shot at Charles Oliveira’s lightweight world title up for grabs for the winner.

Both men fought the undefeated former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, and seemed like unlikely candidates for a rematch given his dominance in both bouts.

But when he announced his retirement at the end of last year, it opened the door for Oliveira to face Michael Chandler for the belt last month, which he won with a second round TKO.

And now McGregor and Poirier are being touted as the next contenders to his title, with the American ranked No.1 in the division and the Irishman at No.5.

Here’s all you need to know about the big fight…

When is McGregor vs Poirier?

UFC 264: McGregor vs Poirier 3 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 10.

The pair first met at the nearby MGM Grand Garden Arena at UFC 178, with one key difference being that the bout took place at featherweight, 10 lbs lighter than their rematch and trilogy fights.

And they squared off again at the Etihad Arena on ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi on January 23 this year, fighting at a particularly early time on the Sunday morning due to US TV broadcast timings.

Poirier defeated McGregor in their rematch this year

What time will it start in the UK?

The event is expected to start at 11pm on July 10 in the UK for early prelims, with the main card beginning at 3am.

There are four fights on the pay-per-view card before the main event, so expect ring walks at earliest 5am, more likely closer to 6am.

UFC 264 regular prelims begin at 1am UK time.]

The event will kick off late in the UK
The event will kick off late in the UK

How to watch via TV and live stream

The event will be available on BT Sport Box Office, likely at a cost of £19.95.

The prelims will air on BT Sport 1 from 1am UK time with the early prelims likely shown on the UFC’s streaming platform Fight Pass from 11pm.

You can stream the event from the BT Sport app and we will have all the action here on Mirror Fighting .

UFC 264 fight card

Main card

Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier

Stephen Thompson vs Gilbert Burns

Tai Tuivasa vs Greg Hardy

Irene Aldana vs Yana Kunitskaya

Sean O’Malley vs Louis Smolka, bantamweight

McGregor v Poirier headlines a 13-fight card at UFC 264
McGregor v Poirier headlines a 13-fight card at UFC 264


Carlos Condit vs Max Griffin

Niko Price vs Michel Pereira

Sean Brady vs Kevin Lee

Trevin Giles vs Dricus Du Plessis

Ryan Hall vs Ilia Topuria

Jennifer Maia vs Jessica Eye

Omari Akhmedov vs Brad Tavares

Early Prelims

Zhalgas Zhumaglov vs Jerome Rivera

Hu Yaozong vs Alen Amedovski


Conor McGregor – 9/10

Dustin Poirier – 9/10

Draw – 50/1

Quotes corner

Conor McGregor

“All the marbles are on the line.

“I’m here training very, very hard; I’m about to go for my second session of the day, I’m in great condition already.

“I beat him in the original bout, but I lost in the rematch and now we’ve got trilogy, I’ve got a few little adjustments to make.

“I feel very, very confident. I’m very focused and driven, and I’ll go in there and put on one hell of a performance and get it back on July 10”

Dustin Poirier:

“I’m working on still landing my offence with my low kicks, but now I’m working on defending a lot more than I used to.

“Just like in that [first] fight, if he would have started checking those kicks, or if I would have been getting taken down because I was chasing that leg kick, then I would have gone with something else.”

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