Just months after Dustin Poirier scored a second-round stoppage win against Conor McGregor, the lightweights will meet for the third time at UFC’s July 10th card, as announced by UFC President Dana White on Wednesday.
The announcement revealed that the fight will take place in front of a “full capacity” crowd at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The fight announcement comes after McGregor recently hinted at backing out of a bout against Poirier. McGregor claimed earlier in the week that their “fight is off” and that he’ll “fight someone else on the [July] 10th.”
The tweets, which now contradict the recent fight announcement, came from McGregor following a claim from Poirier that he didn’t follow through on a previously promised $500,000 donation to the “Good Fight Foundation,” which Poirier runs.
Poirier scored a win against McGregor early this year, defeating him in January with punches. The fight was the second time the fighters met, with their first bout being a win one-round stoppage win for McGregor in 2014 at featherweight.
It was reported earlier in the month that UFC was pursuing a fight between McGregor and Poirier for July 10th, although at the time it was only confirmed that Poirier had signed a contract for the fight.
The event in July will be the promotion’s third with a live crowd in the U.S. since the COVID-19 pandemic started. The promotion currently plans to also hold pay-per-view events in Jacksonville, Florida and Houston, Texas in the coming months.