Conor McGregor on course for blockbuster Las Vegas trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier, says UFC chief Dana White
CONOR MCGREGOR's blockbuster trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier is likely to take place in Las Vegas, UFC chief Dana White has revealed.
A rubber match between the former featherweight rivals is in the works for the summer, with July 10 the tentative date for the bout.
McGregor and Poirier's rematch – which the latter won via second-round KO at UFC 257 – closed out the promotion's third Fight Island stint in Abu Dhabi.
But White is hoping to have the pair throw down in front of a packed crowd at Sin City's T-Mobile Arena.
When asked if UFC 264 could possibly take place at the T-Mobile, White said: "I hope so, that's the plan.
When pressed on McGregor vs Poirier III potentially headlining the card, White added: "I hope so.
"We all hope so."
White recently hailed fan favourite Poirier for opting to take a money-spinning series decider with McGregor rather than a bout for the vacant lightweight title.
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Speaking during the UFC 260 pre-fight press conference, White said: "'Dustin wants the rematch.
"It's smart, that's what he should do. He should take the rematch, take that fight. It's a big fight for him.
"[The] kid's worked hard his whole life, his whole career to be in a position like this and that's the fight you take.
"We've been in positions like this before with others who have made the mistake of not taking that fight, and it's the biggest mistake of their lives."
Debilitating calf kicks played a huge role in Poirier avenging his 2014 defeat to The Notorious, who is champing at the bit to get back in the octagon.
The Diamond expects the former two-division champion to be better prepared for his kick-heavy game plan and insists their rubber match won't be the same as their last meeting.
When asked if he believes he has the Dubliner's number, Poirier told UFC commentator Joe Rogan: "It's fighting, man.
"I don't think you ever really have [someone's number].
"He'll make adjustments and it'll be a completely different fight.
"Like the first one and the second was different, the third one is gonna be different as well."
Poirier intends to switch things up too, adding: "I'm gonna make adjustments as well.
"I've gotta switch it up, keep things fresh and keep him guessing."
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