On Saturday night, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will settle a rivalry that dates back to 2014 when they battle at UFC 264. The third fight between the pair of lightweights headlines the action from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Poirier has taken the long road to potential stardom. The Louisiana native has overcome some crushing defeats in his career, including a 2014 TKO loss to McGregor in less than two minutes. But Poirier bounced back from that loss to run off an 11-2 (1 NC) record with wins over five former titleholders, including McGregor, on his road to this trilogy main event. McGregor, on the other hand, became the global superstar of the moment shortly after his win over Poirier when he claimed both the featherweight and lightweight titles. But the Irishman has hit a bit of a rough patch with just a 3-3 record since 2016.
There’s a lot more action set for the card, including a big welterweight co-main event between former welterweight title contenders Stephen Thompson and Gilbert Burns, as well as the return of controversial former NFL star Greg Hardy, who takes on Tai Tuivasa in a heavyweight clash.
Trump was not on the field during play when he attended such major sporting events as the 2019 World Series in Washington and college football national championship games in Atlanta and New Orleans while president.
But he was on the floor for the last UFC event he attended: UFC 244 at New York’s Madison Square Garden in November 2019.
The win, which took place on Fight Island, snapped a five-fight losing streak for the former interim welterweight champion. It was his first victory since 2015.
The 37-year-old would return to Abu Dhabi and pick up a second consecutive win in his most recent bout, another unanimous decision victory, this time over Matt Brown in January.
Ahead of his fight with Griffin, Condit says that there were times where he wasn’t fully committed, but those times are in the past.
“I think there was a number of fights where I think I was like, you know, one foot in, one foot out, like I said, for a number of reasons,” said Condit. “But, yeah, I think I got past that.”
The 31-year-old enters the fight winless in his last two, after a no-contest against Donald Cerrone and a loss to Vicente Luque.
Pereira is riding a two-fight winning streak with triumphs over Zelim Imadaev and Khaos Williams. Both wins took place in 2020.
The 27-year-old is 3-2 since joining the UFC, but has also been one of the most must-see fighters during his time in the promotion with his unorthodox style in the Octagon.
Also on the prelims, Ryan Hall meets Ilia Topuria and Trevin Giles will kick things off against Dricus du Plessis at a sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.