UFCF: McGregor gets to grips in grappling session
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Conor McGregor faces the third bought of his trilogy with Dustin Poirier in UFC 264 tonight, hoping to avoid a third defeat in four fights.
McGregor was defeated by Poirier in a second-round win in February, but the Irishman has vowed to earn revenge and dubbed it a ‘fluke’.
“It was a fluke win and I’m going to correct it on Saturday night,” McGregor said last week.
He first defeated his American rival in 2014 with a first-round knockout.
McGregor has told Poirier that he plans to finish his career in their bout in the early hours of Sunday morning.
“In 16 hours’ time this man is going to learn if you take a person’s kindness and take it as a weakness, you must pay,” the 32-year-old said at the final press conference on Friday.
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He continued: “Tomorrow night I’m going to make this man pay with his life and I mean it. You are dead in that Octagon tomorrow night!”
Poirier hit back: “And I know Conor was talking crazy yesterday about killing me and all that,” said Poirier. “I go to sleep praying every night that he gets home to his family safe.
“I’m not here to hurt anybody or do anything like that. So I just want to put that out there.”
Express Sport takes you through everything you need to know about McGregor vs Poirier, including when they are set to begin at the Octagon.
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When will McGregor vs Poirier start?
The event is not scheduled to start until at least 5am on Sunday.
However, it could start as late as 6am as it will be dictated by how long the events beforehand last.
The main card fights begin at 3am.
McGregor vs Poirier is taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in front of a full capacity crowd.
The prelim card and the main card will be shown on BT Sport Box Office, which you can purchase for £19.95 from here.
The prelim fights will also be shown on BT Sport 2 from 1am.
Full UFC 264 fight card
Main card (3am)
Connor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier
Gilbert Burns vs Stephen Thompson
Tai Tuivasa vs Greg Hardy
Irene Aldana vs Yana Kunitskaya
Sean O’Malley vs Kris Moutinho
Preliminary card (1am)
Carlos Condit vs Max Griffin
Niko Price vs Michel Pereira
Ryan Hall vs Ilia Topuria
Trevin Giles vs Dricus du Plessis
Early preliminary card (11.15pm)
Jennifer Maia vs Jessica Eye
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