The day of reckoning for Conor McGregor has arrived.
The former two-division champion has gone 3-3 in his six fights since winning his first UFC title in 13 seconds over Jose Aldo in December 2015. If you count his 10th round TKO loss to the legendary Floyd Mayweather in his boxing debut on Aug. 26, 2017, then McGregor is 3-4 in his last seven fights including zero title defenses.
Yet here we all are ready to witness what the brash Irishman can do in the Octagon even after being named Forbes’ highest paid athlete over the last year. Can someone who has amassed generational wealth return to form? If the build up this past week to his trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier is any indication, the McGregor of old has returned. At a fiery news conference on Thursday, McGregor predicted Poirier will be leaving the cage in stretcher after their rubber match Saturday (10 p.m. ET, ESPN+ PPV) at UFC 264 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The sportsbooks don’t seem to agree and BetMGM has McGregor as a +110 underdog with Poirier at -130. A win via KO/TKO/DQ for McGregor is currently +140.
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UFC 264 live blog
UFC 264 main card (Start time 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+ PPV)
Lightweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor
Welterweight: Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson
Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa vs. Greg Hardy
Catchweight (139.5): Irene Aldana vs. Yana Kunitskaya
Bantamweight: Sean O’Malley vs. Kris Moutinho
UFC 263 prelims (Live now on ESPN/ESPN+)
Welterweight: Carlos Condit vs. Max Griffin
Welterweight: Niko Price vs. Michel Pereira
Featherweight: Ryan Hall vs. Ilia Topuria
Middleweight: Trevin Giles vs. Dricus Du Plessis
UFC 263 early prelims full results
Flyweight: Jennifer Maia def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (29-28 x 2, 30-27)
Middleweight: Brad Tavares def. Omari Akhmedov via split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29)
Flyweight: Zhalgas Zhumagulov def. Jerome Rivera via submission (guillotine) at 2:20 of R1:
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