Charles Oliviera no doubt deserves to be the UFC lightweight champion, but that does not guarantee him the most attention. All eyes will be on Dustin Poirier and his trilogy fight against arguably the most popular and by far the most notorious UFC and even MMA fighter in history, Conor McGregor. Anybody who knows a thing about fight sports knows that the great ones go down to the wire, a trilogy, to settle the score once and for all. The odds are anyone’s guess, but https://bet-il.com/pointsbet-illinois-promo-code/ has a pretty good idea, and all we can do is make predictions.
Poirier is the first man in the octagon to stop McGregor on punches, taking him down at UFC 257, while McGregor had claimed Poirier’s scalp back at UFC 178 when he was the big dog in the lightweight yard. All of that means something and will be the fuel for both fighters when they square off for the third time in their careers. Poirier is already a top contender for the lightweight title, and this will only drive home the point and give Charles Oliveira a target. If McGregor wins, he would have proven once again that he can back up his talk and big earnings, and the lightweight division will be his to do with as he pleases. One thing is sure, his presence alone makes this pay-per-view a day at the bank for the UFC.
The other fights of the event pack quite a punch and should pique the interest of every fan as Shuga Malley looks to make another impressive outing taking on Louis Smolka. The early car will have five fights, with the battle between Jennifer Maia and Jessica Eye, while Ryan Hall takes on Topuria.
- Ryan Hall vs. Ilia Topuria
- Jessica Eye vs. Jennifer Maia
- Omari Akhmedov vs. Brad Tavares
- Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Jerome Rivera
- Alen Amedovski vs. Hu Yaozong
The Preliminary card will have one less fight than the previous one, with Carlos Condit and Max Grifin garnering a lot of attention.
- Carlos Condit vs. Max Griffin
- Niko Price vs. Michel Pereira
- Kevin Lee vs. Sean Brady
- Dricus du Plessis vs. Trevin Giles
In the main card, Gilbert Burns was last seen losing to Kamaru Usman as he squandered a title shot. The 34-year old will be looking to get back on track with a victory against Stephen Thompson, who last fought in December 2020. Burns can make a big splash and reset his title shot by taking care of Thompson. In a battle of heavyweights, Tai Tuvasa will face Greg Hardy, while Irene Aldana and Yana Kunitskaya will go at each other in the women’s Bantamweight.
- Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor
- Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson
- Tai Tuivasa vs. Greg Hardy
- Irene Aldana vs. Yana Kunitskaya
- Sean O’Malley vs. Louis Smolka
The house is already predicted to be a full one, and rocking, as the world once again turns to the UFC for premium entertainment in the world of combat sports.
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