UFC 264 Fight McGregor vs Poirier 3

UFC 264: Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 3 Fight eEarly Preview and Prediction

An early look at the trilogy battle between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor, which is set to take place at UFC 264.

The final scene in the Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor saga is set to be published in July at UFC 264 Live Stream, with the two allegedly targeting the July 10 card as the main event.

When the two first fought as featherweight challengers at UFC 178, McGregor won by TKO in under two minutes. McGregor would go on to win the featherweight championship a bit more than a year back, and eventually the lightweight title 11 months later.

McGregor then pursued a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather before succumbing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a one-sided defeat at UFC 229. He'd make his comeback at UFC 246 with a 40-second knockout of Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.

Poirier stepped up to lightweight after losing to McGregor and went on to beat Max Holloway and become the interim lightweight champion at UFC 236. At UFC 242, he'd get his shot at Nurmagomedov and the undisputed title, but he'd come up short.

Poirier and McGregor fought again in January at UFC 257. Poirier got the TKO in the second round this time, becoming the first fighter to finish McGregor via KO or TKO.

Now it seems that we will finally get a response to the issue of who is the stronger warrior.
Who will win the UFC 264 trilogy fight: Dustin Poirier or Conor McGregor?

According to the Tale of the Tape, Poirier and McGregor are the same height, but McGregor has a one-inch reach advantage. According to FightMetrics, the two are nearly dead equal with all of their strike percentages, with Poirier getting minor advantages here, just as they were starting the second battle. Although both men like to exchange stand-up, Poirier isn't scared to carry the battle to the ground if necessary, scoring 1.5 takedowns and 1.3 submissions per 15 minutes.

As the second battle was being hyped, it was said that both of these guys were fantastic boxers, and they are. It was also said that McGregor isn't particularly strong on the field, something Poirier might exploit — that standing-and-trading solely with McGregor might be his undoing. Poirier, on the other hand, managed to rock and drop McGregor with his hitting en route to a second-round TKO.

This one should be mostly, if not entirely, a striking fight on the foot. And, while this gives McGregor the puncher's chance he's always had, particularly with his crispness and strong punching, Poirier has shown he doesn't always need to fight on the field to get the job done against McGregor.

Poirier's more well-rounded skill set, becoming a more aggressive warrior, and knowing how to defeat McGregor should give him the advantage (at least in the early rounds) over the former champ-champ. McGregor might be able to withstand another round or two, but don't be shocked if lightning hits twice with "The Diamond."

Poirier by KO/TKO in the third round.