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Conor McGregor announces trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264

Former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor is set for a third fight against Dustin Poirier, who became the first man to knock out him out in January.

Poirier won by 2nd-round TKO back in January at UFC 257

Dustin Poirier, left, and Conor McGregor face off during the UFC 257 weigh-in at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi on UFC Fight Island on January 22, 2021. (Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor is set for a third fight against Dustin Poirier on July 10 at UFC 264, who became the first man to knock him out in January.

McGregor quickly knocked Poirier out in a featherweight contest in 2014 during his meteoric UFC rise, but the American's leg kicks helped secured a TKO win over the Irishman when the two met again at lightweight in Abu Dhabi on Fight Island in January.

"The fight is booked! July 10th you're gonna see what the Mac is about," McGregor wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

Despite the high profile of the encounter, it will not be for the vacant lightweight title following the retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov, which will be filled when Michael Chandler takes on Charles Oliveira on May 15 in Houston, Texas with a full capacity crowd.

The UFC has not confirmed the event yet, but it will most likely take place in Las Vegas, Nevada as the centre-piece of the promotion's annual International Fight Week.

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