The fight will be their third, with McGregor knocking out Dustin Poirier in the first round when they fought at featherweight in 2014 before the American avenged himself in January by handing the Irishman his first career KO loss. The lightweight bout in Abu Dhabi finished in the second round, and many experts foresee another early finish when the two meet in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena, which is expected to be packed out.
In the last four-and-a-half years, McGregor (22-5) has only one victory – a 40-second knockout of Donald Cerrone in January 2020 – whereas Poirier (27-6, 1 no-contest) has seven wins and one loss. The ‘Diamond’ has established himself as the top lightweight contender in the UFC, and he might have fought for the vacant undisputed title at 155 pounds this spring, having previously held interim gold. Instead, Poirier chose a money fight with McGregor, though the Louisianan will get a shot at Charles Oliveira’s championship if he wins tonight.
Dustin Shines The Match Again
Results Main card Weight class Method Round Time Notes Lightweight Dustin Poirier def. Conor McGregor TKO (doctor stoppage) 1 5:00 Welterweight Gilbert Burns def. Stephen Thompson Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00 Heavyweight Tai Tuivasa def. Greg Hardy KO (punches) 1 1:07 Catchweight (139.5 lb) Irene Aldana def. Yana Kunitskaya TKO (punches) 1 4:35 Bantamweight Sean O’Malley def. Kris Moutinho TKO (punches) 3 4:33 Preliminary card (ESPN / ESPN+) Welterweight Max Griffin def. Carlos Condit Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00 Welterweight Michel Pereira def. Niko Price Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00 Featherweight Ilia Topuria def. Ryan Hall KO (punches) 1 4:47 Middleweight Dricus du Plessis def. Trevin Giles KO (punches) 2 1:41 Early preliminary card (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass) Women’s Flyweight Jennifer Maia def. Jessica Eye Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00 Middleweight Brad Tavares def. Omari Akhmedov Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00 Flyweight Zhalgas Zhumagulov def. Jerome Rivera Submission (guillotine choke) 1 2:02