On Saturday, July 10 (7/10/2021), Conor McGregor will face Dustin Poirier in a trilogy battle at UFC 264.
It’s a chance for the renowned MMA fighter to avenge a round 2 TKO loss to Poirier at UFC 257, and a win he’ll need if he wants another shot at the UFC Lightweight title against newly crowned champion Charles Oliveira.
McGregor said of the upcoming rematch and trilogy fight at UFC 264, “I’m going to shoot that electric bolt through his body and that’s it.”
What is Conor McGregor’s background?
Conor McGregor, 31, is an Irish mixed martial artist who has competed in the welterweight, lightweight, and featherweight divisions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He has been a member of the UFC since 2013, however, his professional MMA career began in 2008 with the Irish company Cage of Truth.
His moniker is “Notorious,” and he has a long list of spectacular achievements to back up the label, including owning the record for the fastest UFC title fight victory – 13 seconds into the first round versus Jose Aldo — among others. He was also the first UFC champion to hold two titles at the same time.
He was the highest-paid professional athlete in 2020, and he is the most popular fighter in MMA history, having headlined five of the top six best UFC pay-per-view events of all time.
His fighting technique is a hybrid of Capoeira, boxing, Taekwondo, and other martial arts.
What is his track record in the ring?
McGregor is currently ranked #5 in the Lightweight division, with a 22-5-0 career record. Between 2011 and 2015, he went undefeated for 15 straight fights and has headlined his last nine shows.
The 5′ 8′′, the 155-pound fighter has won two UFC championships, however, his Featherweight and Lightweight crowns were stripped from him owing to inactivity in the respective categories. He has 19 knockout victories.
His recent record is a little shakier, as he has only won three of his last six fights. Despite this, he is still regarded as one of the top lightweight fighters in the world, having never lost consecutive matches.
So, what does he think about Dustin Poirier?
McGregor began his trilogy of fights against Dustin Poirier with a TKO in the opening round at UFC 178 nearly seven years ago. Then, in January of this year, Poirier exacted vengeance at UFC 257, defeating McGregor by TKO in Round 2.
With a win at UFC 264, Poirier has a chance to give McGregor his first back-to-back losses, but McGregor is full of confidence.
In an interview with news.com.au, McGregor stated of Poirier, “He’s dead.”
McGregor remarked, “Just do what I’ve been practicing, put the hours in the gym to good use.” “It’s not like I didn’t knock him out on the feet in the first and second rounds. In two rounds, he was on his feet. Do you get what I’m saying? I knocked him out the first time in sixty seconds. In two rounds, I had him on his feet. In the first round, I had him on his feet several times.”