After a weekend with no Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events to give its hard-working employees (and contractors) a nice Fourth of July respite, the promotion returns on July 10, 2021, with one of its biggest shows of the year: UFC 264, headlined by the rubber match between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor. And of course, UFC has an epic “Countdown” to UFC 264 episode for you to show all your friends and get them hyped.
You know the story: McGregor wrecked Poirier back in Sept. 2014. Poirier returned the favor in Jan. 2021. Now, just shy of six months later, we’ll see if McGregor has made enough adjustments to win the third fight between the two. The “Countdown” show does a great job of walking you through the violent histories of both men, and honestly, it’s worth the tune-in just to watch Poirier and McGregor smash their way through the 145- and 155-pound divisions.
Also featured in the “Countdown” to UFC 264 episode: the Welterweight showdown between Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Gilbert Burns. Thompson continues to be overlooked as a contender for the 170-pound title, but it’ll be impossible to ignore him if he takes out Burns, who in turn came pretty darn close to taking out Kamaru Usman early in their title war.
Burns is looking to turn around from that defeat and re-establish himself in the division. It’s guaranteed to be an intense battle, with Burns always pushing the pace and giving opponents little room to execute their own gameplans.
Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 264 fight card right here, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.
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