UFC 264: McGregor vs. Poirier 3 Results

What can only be described as one of the biggest fights of the year went down on Saturday, July 11, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Conor McGregor (22-5) completed the trilogy when he took on Dustin Poirier (27-6) in the main event.

Kazakhstan flyweight Zhako Zhumagulov wasted no time in the opening bout of the evening. Zhumagulov picked up his first UFC win when he snatched a standing guillotine against Jerome Rivera in the opening stages of round one.

Brad Tavares and Omari Akhmedov fought in a close battle in the middleweight division. Tavares did enough to win the contest by split decision on the judges scorecards.

South African middleweight standout Dricus du Plessis stopped Trevin Giles in round two of their contest. du Plessis landed a huge right hand in round two and followed up with some ground and pound which forced the ref to come in and call a halt to the fight.

Top rising prospect Ilia Topuria took out BJJ wizard Ryan Hall in one round of their featherweight scrap. The undefeated Georgian standout avoided the takedown from Hall throughout round one and landed vicious ground and pound to force Jason Herzog to call a halt to the fight.

The welterweight battle between Niko Price and Michel Pereira live up to all the expectations. Both fighters fought in a back and forth contest and it was Pereira who came out on top on the judges scorecards.

The prelims headliner saw Max Griffin take on UFC veteran Carlos Condit. In what was a close fight from bell-to-bell, Griffin was the man who came out on top on the judges scorecards in the welterweight division.

The Suga Show rolled into town in the opening bout of the main card as Sean O’Malley defeated Kris Moutinho in round three. O’Malley won in what was a pretty one sided fight and Herb Dean was forced to step in in round three to call a halt to the fight.

Tai Tuivasa stunned former NFL star Greg Hardy in the very first round of their heavyweight clash. Hardy hurt Tuivasa and went for the kill but the Australian recovered quickly, landed a huge left hook which ended the fight. No shoe will ne safe in Las Vegas tonight.

In the co-main event Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Gilbert Burn fought a very close fight which went to the judges scorecards. Burn was able to utilise his grappling to put Thompson on his back which was the defining factor in him winning a decision.

The main event between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor ended abruptly after McGregor seemed to have done damage to his ankle at the end of round one. Both fighters exchanged big shots before Poirier got the fight to the mat after McGregor went for a guillotine choke. A exchange at the end of the first round saw McGregor go over on his ankle which forced the doctor to call off the fight in between rounds.

Main Card (BT Sports Box Office 3am GMT)

Lightweight: Dustin Poirier defeated Conor McGregor via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of round 1

Welterweight: Gilbert Burns def. Stephen Thompson via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Heavyweight: Tai Tuivasa def. Greg Hardy via knockout at 1:07 of round one

Women’s Bantamweight: Irene Aldana def. Yana Kunitskaya via TKO (punches) at 4:35 of round one

Bantamweight: Sean O’Malley def. Kris Moutinho via TKO (punches) at 4:33 of Round three

Preliminary card (BT Sports Box Office 1am GMT)

Welterweight: Max Griffin def. Carlos Condit via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Welterweight: Michel Pereira def. Niko Price via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Featherweight: Illia Topuria def. Ryan Hall via knockout at 4:47 of round 1 – 4:47

Middleweight: Dricus du Plessis def. Trevin Giles via knockout (punches) at 1:41 of round two

Early preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass, 11pm GMT)

Women’s Flyweight: Jennifer Maia defeated Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Middleweight: Brad Tavares defeats Omari Akhmedov via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 28-29)

Flyweight: Zhalgas Zhumagulov def. Jerome Rivera via submission at 2:02 of round one

Ian O'Neill is the host of the SevereMMA UFC Preview show and one of the co-hosts of The Auld Triangle - Irish MMA podcast. You can find more of Ian's work on the SevereMMA Patreon where he co-hosts The Chasing Pack and The Contender. Follow him on Twitter and on Instagram @ioneillmma

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