The old feisty Conor McGregor is back to his usual trash-talking best ahead of his hotly-anticipated triology fight with Dustin Poirier on Sunday (AEST).
The pair will face off in the Octagon for a third time with the ledger all square at 1-1.
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Their previous two fights have both been won by knockout, with McGregor claiming the first fight back at UFC 178 in 2014, while Poirier easily won their rematch in January this year at UFC 257.
The stakes are extremely high for both McGregor and Poirier.
UFC promoter Dana White has guaranteed the winner of the fight will get the chance to contend for the lightweight belt against Charles Oliveria.
Poirier goes in as the slight favourite, while McGregor will be looking to bounce back from a poor showing at their rematch.
Apart from his loss to Poirier in January, McGregor has also lost to Donald Cerrone, Khabib Nurmagomedov since 2016, as well as his crossover fight to Floyd Mayweather.
The Irishman has been talking a very big game in the lead-up to the trilogy fight, both on social media and at the press conference face-up.
McGregor has also dragged Poirier’s wife into the pre-fight smack talk in an attempt to get under his skin.
Earlier this week, he posted a screenshot of what appeared to me an Instagram message request from Poirier’s wife Jolie.
When some UFC fans doubted the legitimacy of the screenshot, McGregor doubled-down, posting a screen-recorded video of him supposedly retrieving the message request from Poirier’s wife.
Here’s everything you need to know about the fight.
Where is the fight?
The fight will be held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in front a 20,000-strong crowd.
It’s a return to the traditional home of UFC after the previous fight between the pair in January took place in the Covid-19 safe haven of Abu Dhabi.
When is the fight?
The preliminary fight card will start on Sunday at 8am (AEST). Coverage of the main card will being at 12pm with the McGregor-Poirier fight likely to get underway around 1-2pm.
How can I watch the fight?
You can stream McGregor-Poirier fight, as well as the main card, via Kayo or watch it on Main Event. The pay-per-view price is $54.95.
Tale of the tape
Both McGregor and Poirier are 32 years old and are 5-foot-9-inches tall.
The Irishman just has the edge in his reach of 74 inches compared to Poirier’s 72 inches.
However, the American has a slight advantage of 40.5 inches to 40, which he used to full effect in their previous fight in January with some brutal leg kicks.
What are the betting odds?
Poirier is goes in as the slight favourite with the bookies, paying $1.80 in the head-to-head market compared to McGregor at $2.
There are a heap of other betting markets you can try your luck with:
McGregor KO/TKO Round 1: $5.50
McGregor KO: $2.50
McGregor via submission: $23
Poirier via KO/TKO Round 1: $8
Poirier via KO: $3
Poirier via submission: $7
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