It’s finally official. On July 10, two of the best and most exciting lightweight fighters in MMA will meet in the Octagon for the third time. The contracts for McGregor vs. Poirier 3 have now been signed and the fight is on!
This will likely be one of the biggest fights in UFC history. Both of these men hold a knockout win over the other and it’s anyone’s guess how the trilogy will play out. Today, we’ll break down the details of this upcoming clash.
Let’s get into it!
UFC Events Will Soon be Held in Front of Sold-Out Crowds
The last UFC event to be held in front of a major audience took place all the way back in March of 2020. For months, all of the promotion’s events have been closed to the public. Only a few have allowed in a limited number of spectators.
This was only going to last for so long. UFC President Dana White has been adamant that returning to normalcy was the promotion’s top goal. He continued to tell the media it was only a matter of time before an event was held in front of a live, sold-out audience. In the meantime, most events have been held at the Apex Center, not far from the Las Vegas Strip.
It now seems that time has come. Not long ago, White revealed that UFC 261 would be held at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida at full capacity. Today, news broke that tickets for this event sold out within minutes.
This is something of an experiment for the promotion. Obviously, White and other officials within the UFC are already receiving serious backlash. It may not be long before other major sports leagues begin following suit, though.
It’s an interesting time for the sport. The UFC has been growing in popularity lately and has been announcing massive fights to take place over the next few months. That includes the rematch between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal taking place on April 24 at UFC 261.
A huge number of fans have been asking about the trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. This week, we finally heard more about when this matchup will be taking place!
McGregor vs. Poirier 3 is Now Official for July 10
Conor McGregor’s rise up the UFC between 2013 and 2016 was nothing short of legendary. The young Irish striker came into the promotion relatively unknown amongst most fans and quickly became one of the most popular sports figures on the planet. Inactivity cost him, though, and he’s only fought three times since 2018.
Dustin Poirier’s journey in the UFC hasn’t been quite as flashy. Rather than a quick move up the rankings, the Louisiana native put his head down and took on every single challenger that came his way. He faced some tough losses but continued to press forward and eventually captured the interim lightweight championship of the world.
McGregor and Poirier were booked to compete for the first time back in 2014. Conor went on to win via knockout in the first round in a fight that many believe catapulted him into superstar status. They fought again this past January and Poirier got revenge with a second-round knockout victory.
The trilogy fight was almost immediately agreed to. Negotiations between all parties have been ongoing for months. Today, news finally broke that McGregor vs. Poirier 3 will officially take place on July 10! ESPN’s Ariel Helwani broke the news. Feel free to check out his Tweet below.
Dustin Poirier has officially signed his contract to fight Conor McGregor on July 10, sources say. McGregor, as we know, was already in.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 2, 2021
This is the fight that everyone wanted to see. The next UFC lightweight title bout has already been booked. It would make sense to see the winner of this contest fighting the winner of the title fight later this year.
The location for McGregor vs. Poirier 3 has not yet been revealed. It seems highly likely that it will take place in front of a sold-out arena, though. A stadium in Texas isn’t out of the question considering the magnitude of this bout.
Now is the perfect time to break down the odds for this incredible matchup.
Here’s How to Find the Best Odds on the McGregor-Poirier Trilogy
As the popularity of MMA grows, the popularity of betting on this incredible sport does, as well. There are now a huge number of fantastic online sportsbooks offering odds on the UFC. Perhaps the best is BetOnline.
This site has been operating in the US for years and is known for offering a wide range of odds for MMA events taking place around the world. Incredibly, this site is already offering odds for McGregor vs. Poirier 3. Many are surprised to see where these two lightweights stand with the oddsmakers.
Despite the results of their last bout, Conor McGregor comes into this fight as the -140 favorite. He is an expert striker and claims to have learned a lot in the second fight with Poirier. If he can make a few adjustments, this is a fight he can walk away from as the victor.
Many fans were writing Dustin Poirier off prior to his rematch with McGregor in January. He didn’t let the underdog status get to him, though, and handed McGregor the first KO loss of his MMA career. He’s listed as the +120 underdog to win the trilogy fight on July 10.
The UFC will likely stack this entire event with exciting matchups. All eyes will be on McGregor and Poirier leading into fight night. This is one of the biggest bouts in UFC history and it will be fascinating to see how they stack up against one another. Stay tuned for more news on this bout over the next few months.
Are you excited to see McGregor vs. Poirier 3? How do you see this trilogy fight playing out? Let us know in the comments section below!