One of the most expected set of three sessions in MMA history is presently official.
Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor both made weight Friday morning at the UFC Apex. Poirier and McGregor both weighed in at 156 pounds. The two men will meet in the main event of UFC 264 on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.
The score between the two men is 1-1. McGregor beat Poirier by first-round knockout at UFC 178 in 2014. Poirier gave back, halting McGregor by second-round TKO in January at UFC 257. UFC president Dana White has said the winner will get the next lightweight title shot against champion Charles Oliveira.
Previous UFC lightweight boss Rafael dos Anjos said something as a reinforcement on the off chance that either McGregor or Poirier pulled out this week. Dos Anjos weighed 156 pounds.
Poirier (27-6, 1 NC) has won two straight and has been beaten only once since 2016, a loss in a lightweight title battle against undefeated record-breaking extraordinary Khabib Nurmagomedov. The Louisiana local, who battles out of Florida’s American Top Team, is the previous UFC between time lightweight boss. Poirier, 32, is ESPN’s No. 2-positioned lightweight on the planet, simply behind Oliveira.
McGregor (22-5), at present unranked by ESPN, is the most unmistakable star throughout the entire existence of the game, the UFC’s most bankable warrior ever. The Ireland local possesses the entirety of the advancement’s compensation per-see records. Inside the Octagon, he was the main ever simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history when he won the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez in 2016 while previously holding the featherweight belt. McGregor, 32, has only one win and three battles since that Alvarez session, however. Also, he’s looking here to recover the force he had during the most blazing arrived behind schedule in MMA.
In front of the co-main event, two of the top welterweight warriors in the world both made weight without a hitch. Gilbert Burns and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson both hit the scale at 170.5 pounds. Burns (19-4) had a six-battle series of wins snapped in a welterweight title misfortune to Kamaru Usman at UFC 258 in February. Thompson (16-4-1) has won two in a row and has only two misfortunes in his previous 14 battles. ESPN has Burns positioned No. 4 and Thompson positioned No. 5 on the planet at welterweight.
Irene Aldana missed weight by 3.5 pounds, coming in at 139.5 pounds for her session with fellow women’s bantamweight contender Yana Kunitskaya. The session will go on, per the UFC, however Aldana will relinquish 30% of her satchel. ESPN has Aldana positioned No. 6 and Kunitskaya at No. 7 on the planet at ladies’ 135 pounds.
Fight of the night and performance of the night rewards for Saturday’s card will be $75,000, up from the standard $50,000, per UFC chief business official Hunter Campbell. There are four bonuses given out per card in total.
UFC president Dana White additionally raised the stakes to $75,000 at UFC 262 in May subsequent to provoking from Tony Ferguson.