Poirier, McGregor agree trilogy fight

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Dustin Poirier has signed on to face Conor McGregor in a third meeting between the two mixed martial arts rivals, United States (US) media reports said on Friday.

Multiple reports said Poirier had agreed to face Irish star McGregor at UFC 264 on July 10.

The trilogy fight comes after American brawler Poirier demolished McGregor with a second-round technical knockout during their second meeting in January.

That one-sided bout followed McGregor’s first-round knockout victory over Poirier in their first meeting in 2014.

McGregor, 32, will be chasing his first victory since January 2020 while the 31-year-old Poirier (27 wins, five defeats) will be looking for a third consecutive victory.

The Irishman has been repeatedly linked to a boxing match against Filipino welterweight star Manny Pacquiao.

McGregor pocketed an estimated USD30 million in 2017 after fighting Floyd Mayweather in a cross-combat bout in Las Vegas.

File photo shows Conor McGregor preparing to fight Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event on UFC Fight Island in January. PHOTO: LLC