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What is UFC 264? Here's how to watch McGregor vs Poirier 3.

It's only been a few months since their last fight, but it's time to complete the trilogy.
June 30, 2021
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It’s only been a few months since Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier last stepped into the ring at UFC 257. Yet, we always knew that a trilogy fight would be on the way when Poirier emerged victorious, tying the series at one. Now, the pair are back in action to settle the score, and here’s what to know about UFC 264.

What is UFC 264?

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The upcoming July 10 event is the next edition of UFC’s Pay-Per-View action, and it’s gearing up to be a rubber match for the ages. While McGregor and Poirier stand to receive most of the attention, UFC 264 features a packed card. No.2 Gilbert Burns and No.4 Stephen Thompson are scheduled as a Welterweight co-main event. Ex-NFL star Greg Hardy is also slated against Tai Tuivasa in hopes of keeping his record above .500.

In Women’s Bantamweight, Irene Aldana and Yana Kunitskaya will take to the mat with eyes on a possible championship bout against Amanda Nunes. No.7 Jessica Eye, who fought at UFC 257, will step back into the ring against No.4 Jennifer Maia. Check out the full card below if these fights aren’t enough reason to get the PPV.

Now, for the action we’ve all been waiting for — McGregor and Poirier, part three. In case you missed the first two bouts, McGregor dominated UFC 178 on the way to a first-round TKO. Then, Poirier struck back, quite literally, with a barrage of blows that put McGregor out early in the second round. Now, Poirier comes into UFC 264 ranked at No.1 in the Lightweight category, just behind champion Charles Oliveira. McGregor comes in as the No.5 fighter in the class, hoping to put himself on the shortlist for a shot at the champ.

Who else is on the card?

McGregor vs Poirier 3 may be the main event at UFC 264, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg. You’ll have to wait all night long to watch the two battle it out, but here are the fights you can catch in the meantime:

  • No.2 Gilbert Burns vs No.4 Stephen Thompson — Welterweight
  • No.4 Irene Aldana vs No.5 Yana Kunitskaya — Bantamweight
  • Michel Pereira vs Niko Price — Welterweight
  • Carlos Condit vs Max Griffin — Welterweight
  • No.4 Jennifer Maia vs No.7 Jessica Eye — Flyweight
  • Ryan Hall vs Ilia Topuria — Featherweight
  • Tai Tuivasa vs Greg Hardy — Heavyweight
  • Dricus Du Plessis vs Trevin Giles — Middleweight
  • Omari Akhmedov vs No.15 Brad Tavares — Middleweight
  • Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs Jerome Rivera — Flyweight
  • Alen Amedovski vs Yaozong Hu — Light Heavyweight

Note: Sean O’Malley was slated to take on Louis Smolka at Bantamweight, but Smolka has withdrawn for unknown reasons.

How can you watch UFC 264?

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Sporting events are slowly returning to normal, so there’s always a chance you could grab in-person tickets if you wanted to splash some serious cash. For the rest of us, however, ESPN Plus is the place to be. The fight itself is going down at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, but you can catch every blow right from the comfort of your couch. If you’re ready to get in on McGregor vs Poirier 3 and the rest of UFC 264, it’s time to grab that Pay-Per-View signup.

See also: What is ESPN Plus? Is it worth it? Everything you need to know

ESPN and UFC have been new partners since early in 2021, and that’s good news for fighting fans. It’s easier than ever to keep up with all of the news beforehand and then catch the main event on July 10. You also have a few ways to nail down your subscription.

If you want to keep things simple, you can sign up for a full year of ESPN Plus at $59.99. However, there are other ways to get an extra bang for your buck. When you bundle a year of ESPN Plus with the fight itself, you’ll spend just $89.98, more than 30% off what you would pay separately. Better yet, signing up for ESPN Plus now will give you better rates to catch fights in the future.

Those of you who already subscribe to ESPN Plus have a few options of your own to try out. The price you pay will depend on your ESPN Plus subscription, so check out the details here:

  • Existing annual subscribers can grab the fight for $69.99
  • Existing monthly subscribers can get the fight for $69.99 or swap to an annual plan plus the fight for $85

Just remember, ESPN Plus will be your future home for all Pay-Per-View UFC events, so the sooner you sign up, the more you can save. Get started at the button below: