‘I’m Going to Rip This Game A New A****’ – Conor McGregor Releases Official Statement Following Dustin Poirier Trilogy Announcement

Published 04/14/2021, 9:52 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 11: Conor McGregor of Ireland is interviewed by Joe Rogan during the UFC 205 weigh-in inside Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Conor McGregor will get the chance to avenge his loss against Dustin Poirier this July. Dana White confirmed that McGregor and Poirier will be the headliners for UFC’s July 10th event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. T-Mobile is the spiritual home of the UFC, having hosted more fights than any other arena in UFC history.

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McGregor and Poirier both have taken the stage in front of the T-Mobile audience before. However, this matchup will mean a lot more. This is Poirier’s biggest money-fight yet, even bigger than the one the pair had in January. For Conor, a win here is crucial for him to stay amongst the elite in the sport. Another loss puts him on a two-fight slide for the first time in his career.

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Dustin Poirier could already be challenging for the UFC Lightweight title. He built the strongest case for a title shot after his win over McGregor, but stepped out of the way to let Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira go at it. However, winning the trilogy fight against McGregor guarantees him the next crack at the belt against the winner of Chandler-Oliveira.

Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier III: Who stands tall at the end of it?

Dustin Poirier is looking to establish himself as a bonafide superstar. Getting back-to-back wins against a star like Conor McGregor will put him atop the mountain in the lighter weight classes. But McGregor has a lot to fight for as well. While his superstar status may be secure, his legacy as one of the greatest fighters ever is not.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

While Conor isn’t aggressively pushing up the GOAT mountain, he would want to be remembered as one of the fiercer fighters the company ever saw. He is already the greatest draw in the history of the sport. This is the first time he has gotten to a trilogy bout in his career.

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Both men have options after the fight. A win for either means a title shot, but there are plenty of viable contenders to face despite who loses. The Lightweight division has an interesting summer ahead, starting with the title bout at UFC 262.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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