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UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor 3 Main Card Picks (July 10)

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  • UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor III set to showcase 13 bouts across Prelims and Main-Card.
  • Hugely exciting trilogy bout scheduled to headline.
  • Dubbed the biggest fight of the summer.

The T-Mobile Centre in Las Vegas is currently preparing to host mixed martial arts’ latest pay-per-view event – UFC 264.

The full card, which is scheduled to feature 13 fights across the Early Prelims, Prelims, and Main-Card, is predicted up to be one of the biggest events this year.

UFC 264’s Main-Card will see six fights take place, kicking off with fan-favorite Sean O’Malley taking on late step-in Kris Moutinho.

Elsewhere, female bantamweight Yana Kunitskaya and Irene Aldana are set to go head-to-head with heavyweights Tai Tuivasa and Greg Hardy also squaring off, before welterweight contenders Gilbert Burns and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson collide in the co-main event.

However, with all roads eventually leading to a mouth-watering trilogy grudge match between lightweight rivals Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor, it’s not hard to work out why there is such excitement surrounding this weekend’s UFC 264.

UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor – Full Schedule

Early Prelims

  • Middleweight: Yaozong Hu (3-2) vs. Alen Amedovski (8-2)
  • Flyweight: Zhalgas Zhumagulov (13-5) vs. Jerome Rivera (10-5)
  • Middleweight: Omari Akhmedov (21-5) vs. Brad Tavares (18-7)
  • Women’s Flyweight: Jennifer Maia (18-7) vs. Jessica Eye (15-9)

Prelims

  • Middleweight: Trevin Giles (14-2) vs. Dricus Du Plessis (15-2)
  • Featherweight: Ryan Hall (8-1) vs. Ilia Topuria (10-0)
  • Welterweight: Niko Price (14-4) vs. Michel Pereira (25-11)
  • Welterweight: Carlos Condit (32-12) vs. Max Griffin (17-8)

Main-Card

Bantamweight: Sean O’Malley vs. Kris Moutinho

Sean O’Malley was originally scheduled to fight Louis Smolka, however, after being deemed ‘medically unfit’ (MMA Fighting), the flamboyant American was forced to accept a late replacement.

Having looked world-class in his last fight against Thomas Almedia, I cannot see any other outcome here other than another O’Malley masterclass.

Prediction: Sean O’Malley via knockout

Mar 27, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Sean O'Malley kicks Thomas Almeida of Brazil in their bantamweight fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Sean O’Malley kicks Thomas Almeida of Brazil in their bantamweight fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Popular MarketsOdds
Sean O’Malley to win outright-800
Kris Moutinho to win outright+550
Sean O’Malley to win via decision+400
Sean O’Malley to win via KO/TKO, Submission, or DQ-300

Women’s Bantamweight: Irene Aldana vs. Yana Kunitskaya

This one is a tough fight to call and it could easily go either way.

Basing the possible outcome off recent form alone, having won her last two fights while her opponent suffered a recent loss, I am going to take a Kunitskaya win, but it will be close.

Prediction: Yana Kunitskaya via decision

Mar 9, 2019; Wichita, KS, USA;  Yana Kunitskaya (blue gloves) and Marion Reneau (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at InTrust Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Ross-USA TODAY Sports Images
Mar 9, 2019; Wichita, KS, USA; Yana Kunitskaya (blue gloves) and Marion Reneau (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at InTrust Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Ross-USA TODAY Sports Images
Popular MarketsOdds
Yana Kunitskaya to win outright+100
Irene Aldana to win outright-125
Fight to go the distance-275
Fight not to go the distance+200

Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa vs. Greg Hardy

Enter… The big boys!

Flip a coin with this one folks – like many heavyweight clashes, this one will likely come down to who connects the cleanest first.

I think this particular match-up is likely to favor Tai Tuivasa. Hardy can be exceptionally wild in his offensive with his opponent generally more measured.

Regardless of which fighter gets the win, I certainly don’t expect this one to go the distance, that is for sure.

Prediction: Tai Tuivasa via knockout.

Oct 5, 2019; Melbourne, AUSTRALIA;  Serghei Spivac (blue gloves) and Tai Tuivasa (red gloves) during UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasmin Frank-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 5, 2019; Melbourne, AUSTRALIA; Serghei Spivac (blue gloves) and Tai Tuivasa (red gloves) during UFC 243 at Marvel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasmin Frank-USA TODAY Sports
Popular MarketsOdds
Tai Tuivasa to win outright-138
Greg Hardy to win outright+110
Tai Tuivasa to win via KO/TKO, Submission, or DQ+150
Greg Hardy to win via KO/TKO, Submission, or DQ+240

Welterweight: Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson

Looking to secure a title shot against welterweight king Kamaru Usman, Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson will be desperate to grab a win over fellow contender Gilbert Burns.

I don’t expect fireworks with this one, but I do think fight fans could be treated to a striking masterclass by karate-specialist Thompson.

I may end up eating my words, but I do expect the judges to be called into action with this one.

Prediction: Stephen Thompson via decision.

Nov 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Stephen Thompson (red gloves) fights Vicente Luque (blue gloves) during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Stephen Thompson (red gloves) fights Vicente Luque (blue gloves) during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports
Popular MarketsOdds
Stephen Thompson to win outright-163
Gilbert Burns to win outright+137
Stephen Thompson to win via decision+150
Gilbert Burns to win via KO/TKO, Submission, or DQ+275

Lightweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor

This is the big one! – Both Dustin Poirier and arch-rival Conor McGregor hold a victory over the other.

Looking to settle the debate once and for all, Saturday night will see a trilogy winner declared, but which man will be the one to have his hand raised?

Well, my pick is going to be the American.

I think Poirier is too powerful, too technical, and too durable to be beaten – especially considering how dominant he looked during the pair’s rematch earlier this year.

I actually think Saturday night could be a virtually identical re-run of Poirier’s second-round TKO win over McGregor back at UFC 257.

Prediction: Dustin Poirier via knockout

Apr 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Dustin Poirier (blue gloves) reacts after a bout against  Max Holloway (not pictured) during UFC 236 at State Farm Arena. Poirier won by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Dustin Poirier (blue gloves) reacts after a bout against Max Holloway (not pictured) during UFC 236 at State Farm Arena. Poirier won by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Popular MarketsOdds
Dustin Poirier to win outright-125
Conor McGregor to win outright+100
Dustin Poirier to win via KO/TKO, Submission, or DQ+137
Conor McGregor to win in Round 1+375
Fight to go the distance+250

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