The UFC is in Las Vegas this weekend for its first event in that city with a live crowd in over a year. The UFC 264 pay-per-view card, takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena. The main event of that card is the trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.
McGregor and Poirier first met in 2014. McGregor scored a first-round knockout win over Poirier in that contest. Two fights later, McGregor won the interim featherweight title with a TKO victory over Chad Mendes. McGregor unified the lightweight titles in his next outing when he knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194.
Poirier moved to lightweight after his loss to McGregor. He went on a four-fight winning streak before losing to Michael Johnson in 2016. Poirier’s record in his next five bouts was 4-0-0-1. That stretch earned him a shot at the interim lightweight title. Poirier won that belt with a unanimous decision win over Max Holloway. He lost to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in a title unification bout in 2019. Poirier is coming off a June 2020 unanimous decision win over Dan Hooker.
After his win over Aldo, McGregor went 1-1 against Nate Diaz at welterweight. He followed those two bouts with a knockout win over Eddie Alvarez to earn the lightweight title. The UFC stripped McGregor of his two titles for inactivity. When he returned to action in October 2018, Nurmagomedov stopped McGregor via submission in the fourth round of their lightweight title contest. McGregor followed that loss with the Cerrone win.
The rematch between McGregor and Poirier took place at UFC 257 in January of this year. Poirier won that contest by TKO in the second round. That fight set the table for Saturday’s trilogy bout.
Before McGregor and Poirier meet on Saturday, the UFC holds the official weigh ins for UFC 264 on Friday at 11:50 a.m. ET. You can watch the fighters steps on the scale live right here.