Greatness lives or it dies, it never fades. Pushing each other to their limits in the previous bout, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier are about to cease the ongoing battle with a final game. The trilogy’s climax unfolds at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada on July 10, 2021. MMA world bites its nails eagerly awaiting the bout.
Already, predictions from MMA enthusiasts and veterans alike are flooding the internet. Khabib Nurmagomedov, the retired kingpin of the featherweight category, has predicted the outcome of the bout. Sharing the octagon with both these fighters, the Russian Eagle is well aware of their strengths and weaknesses. He expressed that Poirier might win the bout if he sustains the initial few rounds and the power-filled punches of the first round.
A slight bump in McGregor’s elbow caught the eye of the MMA fans, they are worried it might be a staph infection. The bacterial infection has already taken Luis Smolka out of the fight card for UFC 264. Newcomer, Kris Moutinho will replace Louis Smolka in the bout. A staph infection is serious and it might rob McGregor out of his rematch. In the co-main event, Gilbert Burns fights Stephen Thompson for a welterweight bout.
Whereabouts of the UFC 264:
Main event: Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor
Venue: T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, United States
Date: July 11, 2021
Time: the main card starts by 10:00 PM ET or 02:00 AM GMT (next day)
How to live stream UFC 264?
ESPN network will broadcast the event in the USA through its channels and ESPN+ online platform.
In the UK, BT sport is the official broadcaster of UFC.
BELL holds the rights to broadcast the fights in Canada this year.
UFC official website and application offers the UFC fight pass for the fans and viewers worldwide to live stream the event based on subscription.
Also, bet365.com offers a live streaming option for active betters in any of the fights in UFC 264.
Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor
Gilbert Burns vs Stephen Thompson
Tai Tuivasa vs Greg Hardy
Irene Aldana vs Yana Kunitskaya
Sean O’Malley vs Kris Moutinho
Condit vs Max Griffin
Niko Price vs Michel Pereira
Trevin Giles vs Dricus Du Plessis
Ryan Hall vs Ilia Topuria
Jennifer Maia vs Jessica Eye
Omari Akhmedov vs Brad Tavares
Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs Jerome Rivera
Hu Yaozong vs Alen Amedovski
Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier
UFC is nearing the end of an era that was dominated by superior lightweights. Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier are two of the dying breed. The shift of UFC and its fans is turning towards heavyweights and welterweights resembling the sweet science. Few punches of the Notorious has the power to finish any opponents in the featherweight class, even his arch-rivals confirm it. None will deny the ability of the Irish man. On the other end, Dustin Poirier’s reputation has grown exponentially since his first fight against Conor McGregor. Building his skill in all aspects of a bout, Poirier stands out in the featherweight class. The MMA artists stand divided in this bout, even the shrewd bookmakers are calling it an equal fight.
Cutting through the outer sheath of all the knowledge known about this bout, there is a myriad of unknown things. Nate Diaz finished McGregor in the first bout but the Irishman came back stronger for the rematch. However, in the rematch, Nate Diaz taunted McGregor's dying gas tank again and again.
While Diaz was losing almost a pint of blood, McGregor was busy catching up with his breath and was jogging around the cage. Few things pass on through years, like skill and experience, but cardio is a lion in the hide. It can make or break a fight, everything depends on the thirst for survival. McGregor, unfortunately, has been degrading his survival instinct for quite some time. He is not only a fighter, he is a clever businessman who knows how to carry over the brand called “McGregor” His mind games kept him afloat in most of his past fights, current fighters can see through his gimmicks and taunts. Nate Diaz was the first person to break this wall and the Russian Eagle reverse engineered to build a new model. Withstanding four to five rounds against McGregor is a sure shot way to attain victory if one can minimize the damage in the first two rounds.
‘A tale of bullish reversal’
Carrying a record freckled with eventual losses, Dustin Poirier has risen above all obstacles with grace. The Russian Eagle crushed him in UFC 242 main event, a third-round rear-naked choke did the job. Michael Johnson was the one before that to finish Poirier, the chin of Poirier betrayed him against Johnson and also in the first bout of this trilogy with Conor McGregor. But, Poirier learned his chin lesson and he didn’t stop there. An accurate left hook to McGregor’s chin created enough time for Poirier to land repeated blows, referee stopped the bout as McGregor become unresponsive.
The American throws in volume into the fights, a persistent and nagging flow of punches. McGregor thrust his shoulders into Poirier against the cage in the previous bout but the two will indulge in open play for maximum time on Saturday. The two have decent takedown defence nevertheless Poirier’s submission game will be a menace for the Irishman. If the American took his chances in the third or fourth round with submissions, or McGregor unleashed his one-punch power, the bout will end quicker. The longer it extends, Poirier will gain control slowly and a decision victory is possible for the American.
Gilbert Burns vs Stephen Thompson
A tight clash more than the bookmakers and UFC gives it credit to, Gilbert Burns vs Stephen Thompson bout will be a cracker. Burns lost to the UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in the main event of UFC 258. Thirty-four seconds into the third round, Usman volleyed in punches towards Burns which ended the bout. The former co trainers shared a hug showing mutual respect. Atypically, Burns was nervous going into the bout. In the first two rounds, he got close to knocking out the Welterweight champion. His path to that bout featured a bunch of massive victories like the ones against Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia. In hindsight, people forget how those bouts developed and the fact that Burns is still the number one contender for the title if he wins against Thompson. This outcome bias can fill the pockets of bettors if they are wise.
Standing at 6′ 0″, Stephen Thompson has a four-inch reach advantage and superior striking skills. He is on a two-match winning streak and his takedown defence is 78 per cent compared to Burns’ 50. The American has gained two unanimous decision wins in the previous two bouts. However, he hasn’t fought since last December, his fight frequency is low since his early days. Tyron Woodley defeated him in a rematch while the first match ended in a draw. Darren Till and Anthony Pettis finished him in the main events of UFC fight nights in the near past. While his takedown defence holds good, a weak moment in the third or fourth round can offer Gilbert Burns the opportunity to showcase his Jiu-Jitsu. Though, Burns hasn't won against any fighter on a winning streak in recent time. This gives Stephen Thompson the edge in this bout. That said, Burns will perhaps end the frowns and doubts in the UFC