- 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
- 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)
- 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)
- Bantamweight: Sean O’Malley (13-1) vs. Kris Moutinho (9-4)
- Women’s Bantamweight: Irene Aldana (12-6) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (14-5)
- Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa (12-3) vs. Greg Hardy (7-3)
- Welterweight: Gilbert Burns (19-4) vs. Stephen Thompson (16-4)
- Lightweight: Dustin Poirier (27-6) vs. Conor McGregor (22-5)
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
|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
|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.
|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.
|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
|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|