McGregor vs Poirier 3: UK start time, how to watch, prediction, odds

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.

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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.

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