UFC 264

UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor 3
UFC 264 poster.jpg
The poster for UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor 3.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateJuly 10, 2021 (2021-07-10)
VenueT-Mobile Arena
CityParadise, Nevada, United States
Total gate$15,759,800[1]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Volkov UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor 3 UFC on ESPN: Makhachev vs. Moisés

UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor 3 was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on the 10th of July 2021 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area, United States.[3]


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UFC has been hosting most of its events in Las Vegas at the UFC Apex facility, all of them behind closed doors.[4] This was the first time since UFC 248 in March 2020 that T-Mobile Arena hosted an event, with a full capacity crowd attending it.[5]

A lightweight trilogy between former interim UFC Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier and former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor headlined the event.[6] Their first fight was a featherweight bout that happened in September 2014 at UFC 178, where McGregor won by first-round technical knockout.[7] They then ascended to lightweight for an eventual rematch in January 2021 at UFC 257, where Poirier prevailed via second-round knockout.[8] During fight week, it was revealed that former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos was selected by the organization to serve as a potential replacement in case of need.[9]

A middleweight bout between former KSW Welterweight Champion Dricus du Plessis and Trevin Giles was scheduled to take place at UFC on ESPN: Brunson vs. Holland, but du Plessis was pulled from the event due to visa issues which restricted his travel.[10] The pairing was rescheduled and took place at this event.[11]

A welterweight bout between Sean Brady and former interim UFC Lightweight Championship challenger Kevin Lee was expected to take place at the event.[12] However, Lee withdrew due to injury and the bout was removed from the event.[13]

A bantamweight bout between Sean O'Malley and Louis Smolka was expected to take place at the event.[14] However on June 29, Smolka withdrew due to an undisclosed injury.[15] He was replaced by promotional newcomer Kris Moutinho.[16]

At the weigh-ins, Irene Aldana weighed in at 139.5 pounds, three and a half pounds over the bantamweight non-title fight limit. Her bout proceeded at catchweight and she was fined 30% of her purse, which went to her opponent Yana Kunitskaya.[17]

On July 9, it was announced that the UFC would be increasing bonuses (Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night) from $50,000 to $75,000 for this event.[18]

A middleweight bout between Alen Amedovski and Hu Yaozong was scheduled to the be the first preliminary bout of the event.[19] However, it was cancelled just hours before taking place due to COVID-19 protocol issues in Amedovski's camp.[20]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Dustin Poirier def. Conor McGregor TKO (doctor stoppage) 1 5:00
Welterweight Gilbert Burns def. Stephen Thompson Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Heavyweight Tai Tuivasa def. Greg Hardy KO (punches) 1 1:07
Catchweight (139.5 lb) Irene Aldana def. Yana Kunitskaya TKO (punches) 1 4:35
Bantamweight Sean O'Malley def. Kris Moutinho TKO (punches) 3 4:33
Preliminary card (ESPN / ESPN+)
Welterweight Max Griffin def. Carlos Condit Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Michel Pereira def. Niko Price Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Featherweight Ilia Topuria def. Ryan Hall KO (punches) 1 4:47
Middleweight Dricus du Plessis def. Trevin Giles KO (punches) 2 1:41
Early preliminary card (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass)
Women’s Flyweight Jennifer Maia def. Jessica Eye Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Middleweight Brad Tavares def. Omari Akhmedov Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Flyweight Zhalgas Zhumagulov def. Jerome Rivera Submission (guillotine choke) 1 2:02


Bonus awards

The following fighters received $75,000 bonuses.[22]

  • Fight of the Night: Sean O'Malley vs. Kris Moutinho
  • Performance of the Night: Tai Tuivasa and Dricus du Plessis

See also


  1. ^ a b Mike Bohn (2021-07-11). "UFC 264 post-event facts: Dustin Poirier joins exclusive 20-win club". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-07-11.
  2. ^ Mike Bohn (2021-07-13). "Report: UFC 264 does monster pay-per-view numbers, Poirier vs. McGregor 3 tops rematch". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  3. ^ Farah Hannoun (2021-04-14). "'UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor 3' official for T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with full crowd". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  4. ^ Nolan King (2020-05-27). "Nevada Athletic Commission approves first Las Vegas UFC events since COVID-19 outbreak". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  5. ^ Mike Heck (2021-04-14). "UFC 264 set for Las Vegas 'at full capacity,' Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 3 official". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  6. ^ Jay Pettry (2021-04-02). "Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 3 set for UFC 264 headliner on July 10". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  7. ^ Steven Marrocco (2014-09-27). "UFC 178 results, photos: Conor McGregor stops Dustin Poirier in first round". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  8. ^ Christina Maxouris (2021-01-25). "Dustin Poirier defeats Conor McGregor with a knockout in the 2nd round". edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  9. ^ Evelyn Rodrigues (2021-07-08). "UFC 264: Rafael dos Anjos is named replacement athlete in McGregor-Poirier fight". ge.globo.com. Retrieved 2021-07-08. (in Portuguese)
  10. ^ Alexander K. Lee and Mike Heck (2021-03-10). "Dricus Du Plessis out of UFC Vegas 22, Roman Dolidze steps in to fight Trevin Giles". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  11. ^ Nolan King (2021-04-22). "UFC 264 adds Dricus Du Plessis vs. Trevin Giles to lineup". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-04-22.
  12. ^ Hunter Brownstein (2021-06-01). "Kevin Lee goes back up to Welterweight, faces Sean Brady at UFC 264". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2021-06-24.
  13. ^ Damon Martin and Mike Heck (2021-06-24). "Kevin Lee injured, out of upcoming fight against Sean Brady at UFC 264". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2021-06-24.
  14. ^ Mike Bohn (2021-05-03). "Sean O'Malley vs. Louis Smolka added to UFC 264 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-06-29.
  15. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2021-06-29). "Louis Smolka out of UFC 264 fight with Sean O'Malley". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2021-06-29.
  16. ^ Nolan King (2021-06-30). "Sean O'Malley sweepstakes over: Newcomer Kris Moutinho gets UFC 264 call". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  17. ^ Staff (2021-07-09). "UFC 264 weigh-in results: One miss on main card, but full lineup set". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  18. ^ Matthew Wells (2021-07-09). "UFC 264 fight night bonuses set to increase from $50,000 to $75,000". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2021-07-10.
  19. ^ Staff (2021-05-22). "Hu Yaozong faces Alen Amedovski at UFC 264". asianmma.com. Retrieved 2021-07-10.
  20. ^ Marc Raimondi (2021-07-10). "Yaozong-Amedovski UFC bout off due to protocols". espn.com. Retrieved 2021-07-10.
  21. ^ "UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor 3". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  22. ^ Alexander K. Lee (2021-07-11). "UFC 264 bonuses: Kris Moutinho earns share of Fight of the Night for gutsy performance". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2021-07-11.


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