On Saturday night time, Conor McGregor, the most important star within the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and Dustin Poirier will full their trilogy of fights as the headline bout of U.F.C. 264. Below are the necessary belongings you want to know going into what will be the promotion’s greatest spectacle of the yr.
How do I watch it?
U.F.C. 264 takes place Saturday night time at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The early preliminary fights begin at 6 p.m. Eastern, and the principle pay-per-view card will start at 10 p.m. McGregor and Poirier probably is not going to combat till round midnight.
At a information convention Thursday, the U.F.C. president, Dana White, mentioned the occasion had already generated probably the most pay-per-view buys within the firm’s historical past, and he expects extra the night time of the combat.
It shall be televised by ESPN+ with a purchase price of $69.99. Fans who don’t have already got an ESPN+ subscription can purchase a bundle that features the combat and a yr of the service for $89.98.
The early prelims, beginning at 6 p.m., shall be carried by ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass and embody 4 bouts. The preliminary card of 4 fights begins at 8 p.m. and shall be carried on ESPN and ESPN+. The fundamental card consists of 5 bouts.
Who is Conor McGregor?
McGregor entered the U.F.C. in 2013 and shortly garnered consideration by way of his trash speak, confidence and flashy type. He backed up these traits within the octagon by shortly dispatching most of his opponents, often by delivering a strong blow to his sufferer’s head along with his left hand.
McGregor, of Ireland, turned the primary athlete in U.F.C. historical past to maintain two belts concurrently, successful the featherweight and light-weight championships by way of knockouts and prompting others to chase comparable dual-belt aspirations.
He and Floyd Mayweather accomplished a crossover boxing match in 2017, which profited McGregor a assured $30 million. He has fought within the U.F.C. solely thrice since, dropping two of these contests.
During McGregor’s lengthy layoff from U.F.C., Poirier competed towards a number of the hardest fighters within the light-weight division. Poirier, who entered the U.F.C. in 2011, captured the interim light-weight championship in 2019 and earned wins towards high quality competitors in Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway. Poirier, a local of Louisiana who trains in Florida, began a charitable group along with his spouse, Jolie, known as the Good Fight Foundation, to assist underserved communities in Louisiana.
What occurred within the first two fights?
The two males first fought in 2014 at 145 kilos. It was McGregor’s fourth combat within the U.F.C., and consultants considered Poirier as his hardest opponent at that stage. But McGregor gained virtually effortlessly, placing Poirier with a left hook after which exerting ending punches whereas Poirier lay on the bottom, stopping solely when the referee, Herb Dean, intervened.
Eight years later, the 2 fought at 155 kilos, at “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in January. This time, McGregor landed clear photographs however Poirier absorbed them. Poirier viciously attacked McGregor’s legs, wobbling his base. By the top of the primary spherical, McGregor’s lead leg seemed pink and swollen.
Poirier used that technique once more within the second spherical and backed McGregor towards the fence. He landed a hook to McGregor’s nostril, inflicting him to fall to the bottom, the place Poirier completed him with punches.
White mentioned the winner of the third combat can be subsequent in line to problem the light-weight champion, Charles Oliveira.
Who else is on the cardboard?
The co-main occasion options two stout 170-pound welterweight contenders in Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson. Burns boasted a six-fight win streak, then in February challenged the champion Kamaru Usman for the title. Burns landed a stable strike within the first spherical, however Usman gained through technical knockout within the third spherical.
Thompson earned two title fights towards the then-champion Tyron Woodley, however misplaced in a choice and had a draw. Since then, he has gained three of his final 5 fights, together with two in a row. The matchup pits Burns, a jujitsu specialist, towards Thompson, who is understood for his karate placing.