Which fighters are in UFC 264 headlining Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 3?
Unlike any other major pay-per-view event, UFC 264 will not feature a title fight. But what is lacking in the gold card in the championship, it makes up for in star power.
The main event will see a highly anticipated rubber match between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. Rivals will settle the score after knockout wins against each other.
But Poirier and McGregor won’t be the only top fighters on the map. There will be an abundance of top contenders and prospects in action at UFC 264. Let’s look at the elite talent that will be fighting on this card:
Gilbert Burns, former UFC welterweight title contender
Fresh off his failed quest to dethrone Kamaru Usman, Gilbert Burns will begin his rise to the welterweight ranks at UFC 264.
Ahead of his most recent fight, Burns was on fire with six straight wins, including notable wins over Brazilian legend Demian Maia and former welterweight defending champion Tyron Woodley.
If Burns can bounce back from a devastating TKO loss to the champion, he would only need a few more wins before returning to the title chase. Usman, after all, cleaned up the 170-pound division after beating most of the top contenders.
Right now, “The Nigerian Nightmare” is on a revenge tour. He recently handed Jorge Masvidal a second straight loss and is set to face Colby Covington again for his next defense. If Burns wins at UFC 264, he could get his rematch against Usman sooner rather than later.
4th place UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson
Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson came close to winning the UFC welterweight strap twice against ex-champion Woodley. Since then, Thompson has suffered a seizure, dropping back-to-back fights with Darren Till and Anthony Pettis.
But “Wonderboy” seems to have found a second wind and is currently experiencing a late-career resurgence. Thompson is on a two-game winning streak, scoring back-to-back unanimous nods against ranked welterweight Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal.
Thompson will face a tough challenge against Burns in the main co-event of UFC 264. But if “Wonderboy” maintains his winning streak, he could secure a future title shot.
Kevin Lee, ranked No.12, UFC lightweight
After losing to future lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, eternal 155-pound contender Kevin Lee decided it was time for a change.
Earlier this month, Lee announced he was testing the waters again in the 170-pound weight class. His first attempt at a climb failed as he lost to Rafael dos Anjos via a triangular choke at UFC Fight Night 152.
Lee called Mike Perry and Robbie Lawler, but the UFC had other plans for “The Motown Phenom”.
In his first welterweight fight, undefeated Sean Brady will host Lee at UFC 264. The 28-year-old will have the opportunity to reintroduce himself into the division if he can put a blemish on his pristine record. opponent. .
Charismatic Perspective Sean O’Malley
Sean O’Malley believes he is still undefeated, even though his professional record indicates otherwise. Nonetheless, “Sugar” Sean made a big roar after suffering his first career loss to Marlon Vera.
O’Malley returned to the winning column after scoring another worthy knockout against Thomas Almeida in UFC 260. At UFC 264, O’Malley will look to extend his successful run against Louis Smolka.
Considering Smolka is an unranked bantamweight, a win for O’Malley won’t provide him with a much-needed ranking boost. O’Malley should have an opponent with a higher profile if he can get past Smolka at UFC 264.
All fights announced for UFC 264 so far:
• Main event: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 3
• Co-main event: Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson
• Kevin Lee vs. Sean Brady
• Sean O’Malley vs. Louis Smolka
• Ryan Hall vs. Ilia Topuria
• Jessica Eye vs. Jennifer Maia
• Tai Tuivasa vs. Greg Hardy
• Irene Aldana v Yana Kunitskaya
• Omari Akhmedov vs. Brad Tavares