The relationship between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier has been through a roller-coaster ride. Things got off to a rough start between the 2 after their first bout was booked in 2014 for UFC 178. The dynamic changed drastically when McGregor suddenly became a pleasant guy before their rematch at UFC 257 in 2021 nad the ultimate push towards UFC 264.
Conor McGregor has wasted no time generating some good press to begin the ultimate push towards UFC 264.
The UFC megastar, who’s set to fight Dustin Poirier within the UFC 264 PPV main event on Saturday, July 10 (7 p.m. PST / 10 p.m. EST on ESPN+ PPV), revealed yesterday that he’s sending Irish delegation to the IMMAF 2021 Youth MMA Championships, learning the tab for the whole 47-person team.
With that out of the way, Conor McGregor will now shift all his attention to the ultimate installment of his trilogy against Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier, a bout which will likely determine the UFC’s next lightweight title challenger. It’s a big-time fight between two of MMA’s most highly skilled lightweights.
Less than six months after Poirier knocked McGregor out at UFC 257, and 6 years after “The Notorious” earned a TKO over “The Diamond,” Conor and Dustin will battle inside the Octagon to interrupt the tie once and for all.
A bout that easily qualifies as essential viewing for any combat fan , UFC 264 has stakes, storylines, techniques, and therefore the paths to victory. We’ll be covering all of them within the coming weeks within the leadup to UFC 264; however, before McGregor and Poirier step back to the Octagon, it’s important to select up right where we left off, right after Poirier bounced McGregor’s leave the canvas in January, becoming the primary fighter to knock “The Notorious” call at MMA competition.
In fact, quite lot went on within the last six months to further solidify the McGregor-Poirier rivalry. From tried-and-true smack talk, social media jabs, and nine-figure business deals, to charitable donations gone awry and legal victories, McGregor has kept his name within the headlines leading up to UFC 264, setting the stage for yet one more massive bout against Poirier.
So, before we go any longer , it’s time to bring you copy to hurry on the Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier saga.
UFC 264 Fight Week Forthcoming.
With a touch but fortnight to travel until UFC 264, it’s likely that McGregor will resume his usual trash-talking ways in an attempt to goad Poirier into a brawl once they step in to the Octagon on July 10.
And, unlike the last pre-fight buildup, when McGregor chose to play the great guy — a stark contrast to his normal polarizing and incendiary persona — this point around, Conor is already planting the seeds for a really messy and ugly fight week, filled with trash talk and controversial remarks and behavior.
So stay tuned, and check back for more daily UFC 264 updates, complete with fight previews, technical talk, and fight analysis.
UFC 264 Pay Per View Main Card (on ESPN+ PPV) 7 p.m. PST / 10 p.m. EST
Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor
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Tai Tuivasa vs Greg Hardy
Irene Aldana vs Yana Kunitskaya
Sean O’Malley vs Louis Smolka
McGregor vs Poirier Series of Economic and Legal Wins.
If you’ve followed Conor McGregor at any point since joining the UFC in 2013, you’re cognizant that he loves money a minimum of the maximum amount as he loves MMA fighting.The highest-grossing MMA fighter in history, both at the gate and on Pay Per View, McGregor enjoys flaunting the wealth he has accumulated throughout the course of his career. And, just last month, he was named the top-earning athlete of 2021 by Forbes magazine, having generated roughly $180-million during the pandemic, totally on account of selling his Proper 12 whiskey brand for upwards of $600-million in April.
It’s not exactly an athletic achievement, and not even directly tied to his fight against Poirier at UFC 264, but when McGregor’s name tops an inventory, outranking Lebron James, Lionel Messi, Tom Brady, and Cristiano Ronaldo, it’s impossible to not notice.
There is some potential relevance to the Poirier trilogy fight on July 10 though. With 180 mil within the bank, it remains unclear how hungry McGregor is to win this bout. but , he’s probably already lining up his next nine-figure deal, so a victory at UFC 264 could do wonders for his stock.
Also of note is that the massive news that McGregor was cleared of sexual abuse after an alleged incident in Corsica, France last summer. Again, it’s indirectly tied to the Poirier fight, but imagines that six months ago, “The Notorious” went into the Octagon with a particularly serious legal battle hanging over his head.
There’s no way that couldn’t have affected his performance last time around.