The pair clashed for the second time at UFC 257 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi back in January, with Poirier stunning his rival – who came out of retirement for the third time – with a second-round barrage of punches that followed a debilitating series of brutal calf kicks and forced a sensational stoppage.
That victory was sweet revenge for Louisiana native ‘The Diamond’, who was stopped inside the first round during the duo’s original featherweight bout at UFC 178 in September 2014.
The rivalry has continued to simmer away over recent months, with plenty of barbs flying back and forth and a decisive third fight initially appearing in jeopardy following a row over McGregor’s proposed donation to Poirier’s Good Fight Foundation.
Former two-weight world champion McGregor lamented his inactivity after suffering a third defeat in only his second UFC appearance since October 2018 and will want to set the record straight on Saturday night while also earning himself another title shot.
The winner of this trilogy contest looks set to face new lightweight champion Charles Oliveira later this year after the Brazilian beat Michael Chandler at UFC 262 in May to claim the belt that had been vacant since the great Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement.
UFC 264: McGregor vs Poirier date, UK start time and venue
UFC 264 takes place on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
In the UK, the preliminary bouts start at 1am BST, with the early prelims from 11pm and the main card expected to commence at 3am.
It will be an all-night affair for British fight fans, with the main event between McGregor and Poirier likely not getting underway until between 5am and 6am on Sunday morning.
UFC 264: McGregor vs Poirier TV channel and live stream
TV channel: In the UK, the UFC 264 main card is being shown live on BT Sport Box Office at a cost of £19.95.
The prelim fights are on BT Sport 2 from 1am, with the early prelims available to watch on streaming service UFC Fight Pass, for those with a subscription.
Live stream: Those with a BT Sport subscription will be able to watch live coverage of the prelim fights via the BT Sport website or app.
Coverage of the main card will also be available online to those that have purchased the event via the BT Sport Box Office app.
UFC 264 fight card in full
Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor (men’s lightweight)
Gilbert Burns vs Stephen Thompson (men’s welterweight)
Tai Tuivasa vs Greg Hardy (men’s heavyweight)
Irene Aldana vs Yana Kunitskaya (women’s bantamweight)
Sean O’Malley vs Kris Moutinho (men’s bantamweight)
Carlos Condit vs Max Griffin (men’s welterweight)
Niko Price vs Michel Pereira (men’s welterweight)
Ryan Hall vs Ilia Topuria (men’s featherweight)
Trevin Giles vs Dricus Du Plessis (men’s middleweight)
Jennifer Maia vs Jessica Eye (women’s flyweight)
Omari Akhmedov vs Brad Tavares (men’s middleweight)
Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs Jerome Rivera (men’s flyweight)
Hu Yaozong vs Alen Amedovski (men’s middleweight)
McGregor vs Poirier prediction
Both fighters will be itching to settle this rivalry with a defining victory in the octagon and battle Oliveira for the lightweight crown later in 2021.
Poirier executed his gameplan to perfection back in January, with those calf kicks inflicting plenty of damage and slowing McGregor to set up the ruthless flurry of punches that stopped him in his tracks.
But ‘The Notorious’ will now be desperate to avenge that loss and prove he still has what it takes to succeed at the very highest level.
McGregor’s arch-rival Khabib has said that the Irishman’s best hope is to make one of those trademark blistering starts where he simply overwhelms his opponent from the opening bell.
If he can do that, then a signature early stoppage is certainly not out of the question, while Poirier will no doubt be the favourite again the longer the contest continues.
This really could go either way, and we may well be going against the grain here, but we’re backing McGregor to come out firing with an emphatic early stoppage that reminds the world of his abilities.
McGregor vs Poirier purse
Reports suggest that McGregor – who has a net worth of around $181million, per Forbes – could earn around $10m in total from this trilogy bout when it’s all said and done.
Meanwhile, Poirier has stated that he will earn “five to 10 times” more facing McGregor for a third time than he would have done by accepting the offer to fight again for the lightweight title, having previously been submitted by Khabib at UFC 242 in September 2019.
McGregor vs Poirier betting odds and tips
McGregor to win via KO, TKO or DQ: 13/8
McGregor to win via decision/technical decision: 8/1
McGregor to win via submission: 39/1
Poirier to win via KO, TKO or DQ: 15/8
Poirier to win via decision/technical decision: 5/1
Poirier to win via submission: 13/2
Draw or technical draw: 33/1