The trilogy bout between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor has a tentative date and venue.
During the UFC 260 post-fight press conference on Saturday, Dana White confirmed that the promotion is targeting July 10 for the third meeting between the two lightweights. That would set the stage for Poirier-McGregor 3 to go down at UFC 264, and as an added perk, the UFC wants to hold the card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which means the organization is optimistic fans will be allowed in the venue.
“That’s the plan,” the UFC president said. “I hope so. We all hope so.”
The Las Vegas-based promotion will hold an event in front of a capacity crowd for the first time on April 24, when UFC 261 heads to the 15,000-seat Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. Tickets for that event quickly sold out, and the gate is believed to be the highest in the history of the venue. The promotion is also expected to hold UFC 262 in front of an audience with no capacity restrictions at the Toyota Center in Houston on May 15.
Poirier added fuel to the trilogy fire on Sunday by simply tweeting “July 10th.”
July 10th— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) March 28, 2021
Poirier and McGregor squared off for a second time at UFC 257 on Jan. 23, with “The Diamond” winning via technical knockout in the second round at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. When the two men competed at 145 pounds, McGregor stopped Poirier in the opening stanza at UFC 178 in September 2014. For now, the booking is far from official, though things seem to be heading in the right direction.
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