Conor McGregor has confirmed on social media that his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier will take place this summer, with the two having signed up to headline UFC 264 on July 10th.
“The fight is booked!” McGregor wrote on Twitter. “July 10 you’re gonna see what the Mac is about.”
“July 10th, 25 minutes locked in 🎯” Porier posted soon afterwards on his page.
The third fight between the two is perfectly poised as McGregor claimed a swift TKO victory over Poirier in their first meeting back in 2014, while in January of this year ‘The Diamond’ seized the opportunity to avenge that loss, TKO’ing ‘The Notorious’ midway through the second round.
That win put Poirier in pole position to fight for the lightweight title recently vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov, but given the magnitude and financial implications of this trilogy encounter, he opted for that instead, leaving Charles Oliviera and Michael Chandler to battle for the belt.
“”[The] kid’s worked hard his whole life, his whole career to be in a position like this and that’s the fight you take,” Dana white said at the recent UFC 260 post-fight press conference when asked about Poirier’s decision.
“We’ve been in positions like this before with others who have made the mistake of not taking that fight, and it’s the biggest mistake of their lives.”
Poirier vs. McGregor III with headline a UFC 264 card that will also feature a welterweight clash between Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson.