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UFC 264 Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier: Notorious knocks out Poirier in pre-fight sim

UFC fans are counting down to the fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.

UFC 264 will be headlined by the third and potentially final battle between McGregor and his arch-rival Poirier.

The fighters are currently tied at one victory apiece, which means tonight’s battle is for supreme bragging rights.

The duo first battled in 2014, when McGregor knocked out Poirier in the first round. Poirier won the rematch earlier this year, knocking McGregor out in round two.

With McGregor falling down the pecking order, the Notorious one desperately needs a victory to revitalise his career.

And based on the latest prediction courtesy of EA Sports UFC 4, things are looking good for McGregor.

As you can see from the video below, EA Sports has simulated tonight’s fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.

The UFC 4 simulation predicts victory for McGregor, who will best his opponent with an early knockout.

You can watch the pre-fight simulation below, followed by the real thing from 1am BST on July 11.

The UFC 264 event will be broadcast exclusively on BT Sport Box Office.

The highly-anticipated pay-per-view event will cost £19.95, and will include a total of eight fights.

Despite the 1am BST start time, McGregor and Poirier aren’t expected to make their entrances until around 5am.

The main event will be preceded by an undercard containing a total of seven fights.

This includes Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson against Gilbert Burns, with the former hoping to secure a title shot.

Tai Tuivasa against Greg Hardy should also generate plenty of interest, especially as the latter made his name in the NFL.

Elsewhere, Irene Aldana clashes with Yana Kunitskaya, while Sean O’Malley battles Kris Moutinho.

Finally, there’s Carlos Condit vs Max Griffin in a Welterweight clash, Niko Price vs Michel Pereira and Dricus Du Plessis vs Trevin Giles.

UFC 264 on PS5, PS4 and Xbox One: How to watch McGregor vs Poirier on consoles

Conor McGregor takes on Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 264 tonight.

The event kicks off at 1am BST UK time on July 11, although McGregor and Poirier aren’t expected to walk to the ring until around 5am BST.

The highly-anticipated UFC 264 event will be broadcast exclusively on BT Sport Box Office. The event costs £19.95, and will include a total of eight fights.

And don’t worry if you can’t access BT Sport on your TV, because there are other ways to watch the app.

Indeed, if you own a PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S or Xbox One, then you can watch the fight on your console.

“BT Sport is available to watch in more ways than ever before thanks to our large screen app being available on a whole host of devices,” BT explains.

“These include PlayStation, Xbox, Fire TV, Android TV, NOW TV, Apple TV devices and many more.

“Allowing access to BT Sport 1 HD, BT Sport 2 HD, BT Sport 3 HD, ESPN HD, BoxNation and all of the BT Sport Extra channels, the app is available on all platforms to existing BT Sport customers at no extra charge.

“As well as the live channels, the app also includes exclusive on-demand content and highlights across our huge range of sports.”

As BT points out, fans can also use the app to access pay-per-view events, including UFC 264.

Tonight’s mixed martial arts event takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. 

The undercard includes Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson against Gilbert Burns, as well as Tai Tuivasa against former NFL star Greg Hardy.

Elsewhere, Irene Aldana clashes with Yana Kunitskaya, while Sean O’Malley battles Kris Moutinho.

That’s on top of Carlos Condit vs Max Griffin in a Welterweight clash, Niko Price vs Michel Pereira and Dricus Du Plessis vs Trevin Giles.

As for McGregor and Poirier, the brawlers are currently tied at one victory each, having first fought each other in 2014.

The first fight saw McGregor knock out Poirier in the first round. Poirier won the long-awaited rematch earlier this year, knocking McGregor out in round two.

Tonight’s battle is tipped to break records, as McGregor aims to beat the 2.4 million buys achieved when he fought Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

“I’ll break records on the PPV,” McGregor recently said. “I know that’s the expectation. I’ve been in big fights before, and it’s always electric, and this one will probably be the biggest so far.

“Having fans there this time is going to add even more to the atmosphere. So, I’m truly so excited, and I’m going to put on a show.”

McGregor kicks out at Poirier ahead of UFC showdown

Conor McGregor kicked out at Dustin Poirier as the two squared up in Las Vegas ahead of UFC 264.

McGregor will take on the American for the third time at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, this weekend with both men having scored a win over the other.

Following a friendly build-up to their bout earlier this year, the Irishman brought a lot more hostility to the press conference, kicking out Poirier during the face-offs.

McGregor, 22-5, beat Poirier by TKO at UFC 178 in 2014 but lost his most recent bout to the same opponent by the same method at UFC 257.

McGregor kicks out at Poirier ahead of UFC showdown
The trash talk between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier got underway during the UFC 264 press conference

Ahead of the fight, McGregor told a press conference: “I’m going to go through his head, put holes in him and take it off his shoulders, that’s the goal here.

“He’s done here, this is it for him, this is the end of the road.

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“It’s on, Saturday night he’s getting walked around that octagon like a dog and put to sleep.”

Jake Paul: McGregor is a fraud

Jake Paul has lashed out at Conor McGregor, accusing him of having “insecurity” and hinting they will meet in a future boxing match.

McGregor makes his UFC comeback on Saturday night trying to avenge his recent defeat to Dustin Poirier.

But after going face to face with Poirier on Thursday night at a press conference, he was criticised by YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul who said: “You can tell Conor has lost ‘it’.

“He no longer speaks from a place of authenticity and you can tell he’s trying to convince himself of his own lies.

“When we fight I will further expose him for the fraud he is.”

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Conor McGregor fired up for revenge over Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 – ‘He’s going to pay’

Irish UFC superstar Conor McGregor is ready to settle the score in his trilogy with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. And the Dubliner has responded strongly to comments from the American suggesting he’s lacking in confidence ahead of the fight.

McGregor and Poirier will face off in the main event on Saturday night in Las Vegas, where a packed crowd will watch them settle their three-fight rivalry with the scores perfectly poised at one win apiece.

McGregor claimed a first-round TKO victory in their first meeting back in 2014, but Poirier evened the score with a TKO finish of his own at UFC 257 in January.

Now they’re set to face off for a third time, and Poirier has suggested that McGregor’s more amped-up personality ahead of their third bout reveals a weakness in the Irishman’s psyche.

“The good thing about this one is if it’s crazy Conor again, I just don’t give a f***,” Poirier told ESPN. 

“I really don’t care and in the last one, too, if he’d have been crazy, I’d have been all right. 

“Mentally, I’m not a kid anymore. I’m a grown man, and I know what matters, and I know what I can control. 

“I just don’t beat myself up mentally like I used to with the critics. 

“I think it’s gonna be crazy Conor again. I’m pretty sure.”

But Poirier also said that McGregor’s antics are all a front, especially given the Dubliner’s fate the last time they met inside the cage.

“I wouldn’t say funny, but it’s – how crazy can you be?” he continued. 

“You got knocked out last time. We put you on airplane mode in front of the world in Abu Dhabi. What can you say?”

McGregor had tweeted to dare Poirier to stand and trade with him, posting, “First one to shoot’s a dusty b****.”

Poirier laughed off the challenge, as he reminded McGregor what sport they’re competing in.

“Isn’t he the one whose always preaching about the flow, the full martial arts, no holds barred, no rules, the ultimate fighting, when he’s talking about boxing and stuff, right?” Poirier said. 

“How about the first one to get taken down is a dusty b****? 

“This is mixed martial arts. Put it all together. It reeks of insecurity to me.”

That sparked a response from McGregor, who answered back during an Instagram Live Q&A session.

“(I’m going to) give him a proper head kick,” he said.

“There will be a lot of weapons produced on the night, that’s for sure. 

“He wants mixed martial arts? He’s going to get it.

“I’ve been busy putting in the work. Full focus, fully immersed in mixed martial arts. 

“It’s been nothing but mixed martial arts, so I’m ready to put on a show.

“You can go through YouTube and see every interview in the book.

“I’ve got a job to do here. I’m back on the site. 

“That’s the way I’m feeling here with this. Straight back on the building site.

“He talks some amount lately. He’s going to pay for that, that’s for sure. That’s not going to be nice.”

Author: Simon Head
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Conor McGregor beats Messi, Ronaldo and Hamilton to top Forbes' sporting rich list

Conor McGregor is the world’s most highly-paid athletes. That’s the verdict of Forbes, whose annual list of the most highly-paid athletes in world sport has listed him at the top of the pile after a remarkable 12-month spell that saw his out-of-the-cage earnings dwarf his significant fight purse from his defeat to Dustin Poirier.
McGregor fought just once over the last 12 months, with his second-round TKO defeat to Poirier netting him a cool $ 22 million.

But his business ventures, including his sale of his stake in the hugely successful Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey and his numerous endorsement and partnership deals, including with Draft Kings and Roots of Fight, amounted to a colossal $ 158 million.

It gave McGregor, whose total in-competition cage time over the past 12 months amounted to just seven minutes, 32 seconds, a total figure of $ 180 million for the past year.

Remarkably, McGregor’s out-of-the-cage earnings figure alone surpasses the earnings totals of each of the other stars on Forbes’ Top 10 list.

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The NFL was represented in the list, with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott earning a total of $ 107.5 million through his bumper contract with “America’s Team.”

Prescott earned a whopping $ 97.5 million, making him the highest on-the-field earner in the entire list. 

But his more modest $ 10 million in off-the-field earnings mean he sits at No. 4 in the rankings.

The split between sporting earnings and business earnings was noticeably different for NBA superstar Lebron James, whose $ 65 million in off-the-court earnings represented more than double his $ 31.5 million on-the-court earnings for a total figure of $ 96.5 million.

PSG ace Neymar came in sixth on the list, with total earnings of $ 95 million, but perhaps the most eye-catching earning differential came at No. 7, with tennis star Roger Federer banking $ 90 million for the year.

However, almost the entire figure came from off-the-court earnings, with $ 0.03 million coming through on-court winnings.

Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton ($ 82 million) was listed eighth, while Super Bowl MVP and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady ($ 76 million) came in ninth.

The final name in the list, Brooklyn Nets basketball star Kevin Durant, took home $ 75 million.

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Female boxer Shields hailed a ‘savage’ by McGregor

Claressa Shields, the female boxing champ who has said she is the greatest of all time behind Muhammad Ali, has claimed she can become an MMA great and “it’s all fighting” as she prepares to make her debut in her new discipline.

Confrontational Shields claimed she had to sound off about herself in order to earn the adulation she feels she deserves in March, and two months after warning that she could beat “98 percent” of men, she has played down the discrepancies between her new and old disciplines and been hailed by UFC loudmouth Conor McGregor.

The man who made the switch in the opposite direction when he lost to Floyd Mayweather in 2017 has called Shields’ move “a rare occurrence that is to be lauded with praise”.

“Respect this multi-weight boxing world champion, competing in her first MMA fight next month,” he said, looking ahead to Shields’ bow in the Professional Fighters League (PFL).

“Real courage that a lot of her male counterparts do not possess. Good luck, Clarissa. Another multi-weight, multi-sport savage. Welcome.”

Shields thanked McGregor while subtly pointing out that he had misspelled her name. “I’m taking it every bit of serious,” she promised. “I’m ready to prove a point, just like you did.”

The 26-year-old Michigan athlete has laughed off challenges from boxers including British WBO middleweight champion Savannah Marshall.

A two-time olympic champion and the current undisputed female light-middleweight title holder, she was once the undisputed ruler at middleweight, all of which could explain why she feels she has little more to prove in pugilism.

“MMA and boxing is different, yes,” she accepted, having filmed herself jogging around a PFL ring in preparation for her first fight in around five weeks’ time.

“But it’s all fighting. It involves strength, IQ, heart, discipline, diet, lifestyle: all that ish.

“It is not impossible for me to be great at MMA. I have all that it takes. And I’m not scared or intimidated by none of you MMA b*tches.”

Sheilds calls herself the greatest woman of all time in boxing, and another fighter who could lay claim to that crown, four-weight champion Amanda Serrano, backed her bluster.

“That’s what the F I’m talking about, sis,” said Serrano. “You ain’t the best by mistake.

“You put in work, you have the discipline and you fear no-one. Put them all on notice. Let’s get it, sis.”

There were a few words of caution on social media. “Learning how to fight off submission on your back or throws from girls who have been studying judo for years like Kayla [Harrison] takes time,” said one.

“I like that you acknowledge that you want to be a complete fighter. That takes time, though.”

Another said: “It can definitely be done – however, it’s simply unlikely to hold a belt in a division with great wrestlers or kickers, for example, who have done it forever.

“The key is obviously takedown defense and defending kicks. Those two things, all day and f*cking night.”

PFL lightweight Brittney Elkin, who has lost nine of her 16 professional fights including one to Harrison, awaits Shields on June 10. Elkin has won three of her last four bouts and will face the newcomer at lightweight.

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UFC’s McGregor tells Mayweather to ‘f*ck off’

Conor McGregor has weighed in on the shocking brawl between Floyd Mayweather and Jake Paul, directing crude insults at his former opponent while claiming he is in the “drain” and would make far more money through a “real” fight.

Sporting icon Mayweather and YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul were involved in a huge scrap after the 24-year-old stole the veteran’s cap when they came face-to-face at the press conference for the former champion’s fight with Paul’s brother, Logan.

That was all the invitation McGregor, who changed disciplines from MMA to boxing to lose to Mayweather in one of the most lucrative fights of all time in 2017, needed to accuse his old rival of acting shamefully.

“What the f*ck is Floyd at?” asked the UFC megastar, directing his initial question at Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions.

“The kid [Paul] curled up, didn’t fight back once, and Floyd is still running around acting the tough guy.”

That amounted to an interesting interpretation of a situation in which Paul had placed himself center stage at a press call that was not his own, whispering to a camera that he intended to thieve Mayweather’s cap before duly carrying out the incendiary deed.

“The kid actually just pulled this shambles of a situation Floyd is in out of the drain for him,” McGregor said, suggesting that Mayweather needs the money and is picking easy opponents.

“He should thank him. It’s embarrassing. Pro to pro, it’s embarrassing. He will not scratch 10 million for this fight and he knows it.

“It was canceled once already [in January, before being rescheduled for June 6]. The world is watching this on Twitter. He’d fight a half-decent pro and command 20 million upwards, yet it’s this sh*t.”

McGregor signed off his latest rant by alluding to the slap he placed on Mayweather’s head during the fierce press conferences that preceded their bout.

“Whatever way you spin this, it’s sad,” he said. “Fight someone for real, on your record, or f*ck off, mate. Slap head.”

Paul responded “gotcha hat” – the words he said to Mayweather as he swiped his cap, and which he has already turned into branding for merchandise in a logo that he seems certain to endlessly trot out over forthcoming months.

The loudmouth took to social media to show fans that he has already had the cringeworthy catchphrase tattooed on his arm, while others backing McGregor in comments on his post included UFC hall-of-famer Urijah Faber and Dillon Danis, one of the Irishman’s teammates.

“They should thank for you for even posting this,” said the man known for his explosive part in the aftermath to McGregor’s defeat against Khabib Nurmagomedov, responding to his idol in typically sycophantic style.

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‘Straight b****, you are’: McGregor teammate Danis calls out Bisping as ex-UFC champ brands him ‘little weasel attention wh*re’

UFC legend Michael Bisping has reignited a feud with Conor McGregor hanger-on Dillon Danis, branding the American a “little weasel attention wh*re” after he challenged the former middleweight champion to a street fight.

Bisping was on punditry duties for the UFC last night, where he called their Las Vegas fight card headlined by a clash between former light heavyweight challenger Dominick Reyes and Jiri Prochazka.

Responding to a fan’s critical reply on Twitter, Bisping asked: “Why don’t you cry about it?”

This caused Bellator brawler Danis to pop up out of nowhere and threaten ‘The Count’ once more.

You cried when I called you out. Straight b****, you are. Wait until I see you in person,” Danis piped up, soon wiping his tweet to the amusement of both Bisping and fans alike. 

“He deleted this pretty quick. Dillon don’t want no smoke with Bisping,” quipped one, with a screenshot of the outburst. “Glad you caught it,” laughed Bisping. “That’s funny.

“That little weasel attention wh*re is really threatening me in a street fight?

“I don’t fight in the streets, certainly against little boys. But I’m undefeated on the mean streets of Clitheroe,” Bisping finished, referencing the sleepy little Lancashire town he grew up in 34 miles from Manchester. 

This is not the first time that the pair have been involved in a heated back-and-forth on social media. 

After Danis said he could “literally on god beat Jake Paul and Ben Askren in a boxing match back to back on the same night” ahead of their meeting which the YouTuber won by first round KO, Bisping waded in to row with the New York native. 

“A YouTuber, a wrestler and a jujitsu guy talking big about boxing is an insult to the sweet science,” he stated.

Changing his profile picture to a photo of Bisping being choked by Georges St-Pierre in their 2017 middleweight championship clash, Danis told Bisping to “stay in the commentary booth where it’s safe”, warning: “Otherwise you will need more than sweet science to fix what I would do to your other eye in a boxing ring, you t***.”

Dissecting Danis’ 2-0 career, Bisping replied: “Big words for an unproven fighter. The two – yes, only two – fighters you’ve faced have records of 2-5 and 2-4.

“Please, for the love of god, shut the f*** up and stop embarrassing yourself. Also, you had your MMA debut in 2018. It’s 2021. Three years, two fights? Go shine Conor’s shoes, you loser.”
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The Brit wasn’t done there.

Sharing a video of Danis losing a jiu-jitsu clash a follower had alerted him to, he asked: This you getting tapped out after running away, Dillon Danis?

“Can’t even win in grappling matches. Now go get your f***ing shine box,” he scoffed, quoting 1990 mafia hit movie Goodfellas.”

After Danis had taken a dig at welterweight title challenger Jorge Masvidal, Bisping blasted: “Imagine being so insecure about your own fight career, which is actually non-existent, that you have to constantly take shots at fighters outside of the promotion you’re in so you get clout and stay relevant.”
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Khabib time: UFC legend shows off dazzling timepiece engraved with his perfect record as fans joke his watch would rile McGregor

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Khabib Nurmagomedov has shown off one of four watches made by the UFC legend in collaborative partnership with a luxury brand, including one design that is said to reflect the “versatility, style and toughness of a champion”.

The Dagestani shared footage of the design, which has been made by jewelry and wristwatch retailer Jacob & Co., with his following of more than 28 million on Instagram. 

“One of my favorite Khabib timepieces,” he wrote on the social media platform.

“This timepiece includes my UFC nickname ‘The Eagle’, my undefeated record and my signature on the back of the watch.”

The designers wrote that the Epic X Tourbillon Khabib model has a 44mm case “made of tough and light grade 5 titanium”, with Khabib’s image appearing on the sapphire crystal caseback.

Fans were impressed with the design, peppering the comments section with messages of admiration about the watch which does not carry a public price tag.

“Conor McGregor dislikes this,” joked one, referring to Nurmagomedov’s one-time UFC rival who was labeled a “tool” for splashing out $ 2 million on a watch that opens up to show two people having sex earlier this year.

‘Notorious’ bought the Rasputin piece ahead of his knockout defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, accompanied by an Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette valued at almost $ 1 million and also made by Jacob & Co.

“New watch, new suit, new whip alert,” he bragged at the time, showing off the latter purchase containing 342 cut diamonds on its backdrop and 80 diamonds on its lugs, as well as 133 on a dial making up 16.8 carats.

“That watch looks s*** – like something you’d win on a fairground stall,” said one detractor. “And it’s called ‘baguette’, for f*ck’s sake.”
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‘Unbelievable that he’s apologizing’: Poirier quells McGregor row after accusing UFC rival of breaking $500K charity promise

UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier has apologized for his ugly public spat with Conor McGregor after accusing the Irishman of reversing a promise to donate $ 500,000 to Poirier’s ‘The Good Fight Foundation’.

“I am very passionate about my charity as you all know. I jumped the gun and took private matters between Conor & my foundation public. My mistake, we live, we learn,” Poirier tweeted on Wednesday. 

“Spreading positivity & doing good is my goal! I feel like I have brought a negative energy and personal opinions into something I am working so hard on that gives people a reason to cheer and smile. I will take this in stride and continue to fight the Good Fight.”     

The UFC announced on Wednesday that a trilogy fight between Poirier and McGregor was official for July 10 and would take place at UFC 264 in front of a full house of fans at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

That came despite McGregor suggesting he would pull out of the bout, accusing Poirier of “smearing” his name by publicly shaming the Dubliner and accusing him of not following through on a charity promise he made before their January rematch.
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Poirier had claimed McGregor and his team had “ghosted” their requests for a payment pledged to the American star’s ‘The Good Fight Foundation’.

The furious Irish former two-weight champion hit back by asserting that Poirier’s team had never sent concrete plans for where the money would end up.

“My team does their due diligence to make sure every donation meets the mark. My generosity is known. You will pay with your brain for this attempt at smearing my name. Shooting a** shelling a** bitch. Little b*tch kicks from a shell. Good luck when you’re caught. You’re f*cked,” a furious McGregor tweeted at Poirier.

After Poirier’s apology, some fans claimed ‘The Diamond’ should not have been the one to blink first in the row. 

“Unbelievable that Dustin is the one apologizing,” tweeted one popular MMA account. 

“You did nothing wrong. This is on Conor and him trying to navigate dealing with his ‘new money’. He wears a million dollar watch and rents a yacht for more than he offered to your charity. He had the money,” added another. 

Some fans defended McGregor, however, with one reply reading: “Who gives a f*ck whether he has the money or not, you don’t just send $ 500K to anyone without knowing what it would be used for. Plenty of non profits use the label to line their own pockets through paid expenses and salaries.”

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The scores are level at 1-1 between the pair after Poirier handed McGregor his first-ever KO defeat inside the cage when they rematched at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi in January.

Sharing the news that the trilogy was official, the official UFC Twitter account wrote: “Let’s settle it in the octagon.”

Poirier passed up a shot at the lightweight title vacated by Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov, instead opting for another lucrative payday against McGregor.
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