Half of the upcoming trilogy fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor has been finalized.
According to a recent report from ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Poirier signed on the dotted line to meet “Notorious” for a third fight at UFC 264 on July 10. McGregor has yet to sign his official fight contract, but the former UFC champion has already verbally agreed to the trilogy.
This is huge news for all parties as the UFC tries to lock down the most lucrative fight available. Poirier managed to upset McGregor on his return to 155 pounds at UFC 257 and ended up handing the Irishman his first knockout loss (highlights HERE). Poirier’s performance not only took his superstar status to another level, but it evened the score with McGregor, who beat “Diamond” by knockout in 2014.
While Poirier had the opportunity to fight Charles Oliveira for the vacant UFC lightweight title, the Eternal suitor ultimately chose the McGregor trilogy instead. The decision to forgo another shot at gold in the UFC may seem odd, but Poirier is poised to make the biggest salary of his career in one of the greatest trilogy fights of all time.
For McGregor, he hopes to defeat Poirier in their trilogy fight in July and regain all the momentum he lost in January. It will be up to “Notorious” to sign his contract for UFC 264 and prepare over the next three months for one of the most important fights of his MMA career.