Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor 3, emanating from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After more than a year running most of their events behind closed doors at their Las Vegas headquarters, the Octagon finally returns to the T-Mobile Arena in front of a full crowd of fans in their home base, and they're greeted to the biggest fight of the year featuring the biggest star in the sport's history.
Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor will settle the score once-and-for-all in the main event in their trilogy bout. McGregor beat Poirier the first time they met, also in Las Vegas, in September 2014, but Poirier took the rematch, knocking out McGregor in the second round at UFC 257 in January in Abu Dhabi. Both men are looking to come out on top in the trilogy bout, where the winner will likely be next in line for a shot at the UFC Lightweight Championship.
In the co-main event, Gilbert Burns returns from his title fight loss, looking to derail the title shot plans of Stephen Thompson. Also on the main card is a heavyweight battle pitting Tai Tuivasa against Greg Hardy, a women's bantamweight bout between Irene Aldana and Yana Kunitskaya, and a bantamweight bout between rising star Sean O'Malley and late-notice replacement Kris Moutinho opens the main card.
The prelims are filled with exciting match-ups from the top-to-bottom. In the featured prelim, former Interim UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit takes on Max Griffin. Also on the prelims is a welterweight banger between Niko Price and Michel Pereira, and a featherweight bout that sees former TUF winner Ryan Hall make his return against the undefeated Ilia Topuria.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
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ESPN PRELIMS | 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT
> Zhalgas Zhumagulov (13-5, 0-2 UFC) vs. Jerome Rivera (10-5, 0-3 UFC)
Rivera with a leg kick early. Zhumagulov lands a combo as Rivera lands a knee to the body. They trade in close range. Rivera coming forward and landing body kicks. Rivera with more kicks. Zhumagulov with a combo. Zhumagulov lands a left hook. Zhumagulov lands as Rivera tries for a takedown and then Zhumagulov has a standing guillotine choke locked in tight and Rivera taps! What a finish by Zhumagulov.
Official Result- Zhalgas Zhumagulov def. Jerome Rivera by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:02 of Round 1
> Omari Akhmedov (#13, 21-5-1, 9-4-1 UFC) vs. Brad Tavares (#15, 18-6, 13-6 UFC)
Tavares landing the jab early. They trade inside the pocket, Tavares got the better of it. Tavares with a leg kick. Tavares lands a right hand. Akhmedov lands a combo and Tavares with a leg kick. Akhmedov gets a brief takedown but Tavares scrambles up and they remain clinched. Tavares with a knee before they break. Akhmedov rocks Tavares with a punch and Tavares stumbles back and Akhmedov gets the clinch. We have a low blow on Tavares and a timeout. They get back to action and Tavares lands in close. Tavares with a nice low kick and Akhmedov misses a right hand. Tavares just misses a head kick but lands a leg kick. Akhmedov tries a takedown but Tavares defends and they both land close and Tavares stuns Akhmedov with a left hand. He lands another. 10-9 Tavares.
Tavares with a left hand. They trade inside the pocket and both land and Akhmedov gets a takedown. Tavares works his way up against the fence and they're clinched. They break. Tavares with a nice leg kick then another. He lands another. Tavares with a high kick. Akhmedov lands a right hand. Tavares with another leg kick and then Akhmedov lands one. Tavares with a body kick and Akhmedov grabs the leg and they trade punches before he lets go. Akhmedov lands a right hand. Tavares with a low kick and Akhmedov lands a counter right hand. Akhmedov lands another right hand after a Tavares leg kick. Tavares lands a knee. Akhmedov with a late right hand. 10-9 Tavares, 20-18 Tavares.
Akhmedov with a leg kick. Tavares with a leg kick and Akhmedov goes to the mat and Tavares lands another. Akhmedov misses a right hand. Tavares lands a right hand and then an upper body kick. Akhmedov just misses a right hand. Tavares with the jab and Akhmedov lands a counter leg kick. Akhmedov with a leg kick. Akhmedov shoots for a takedown but Tavares defends easily. Tavares with a leg kick and Akhmedov lands a right hand. Tavares with the jab. Tavares with a high kick then a low kick. Akhmedov lands some punches. Tavares with a combo and Akhmedov is sprinting away. Tavares with a head kick. Tavares with a combo. He lands a leg kick. Tavares with a spin kick late. 10-9 Tavares, 30-27 Tavares.
Official Result- Brad Tavares def. Omari Akhmedov by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
> Jennifer Maia (#4, 18-7-1, 3-3 UFC) vs. Jessica Eye (#7, 15-9 1 NC, 5-8 1 NC UFC)
Eye lands early. Eye lands the jab as Maia lands to the body. Eye lands. Maia with a leg kick. Maia lands a big knee. Maia with a leg kick. They scramble to the mat for a moment then get up and exchange. Eye lands a right hand. They trade in close range. They trade and Maia with a left hook as Eye lands an uppercut. Maia with a high kick. Eye lands a combo and Maia lands a left hand at the end. Maia lands a combo. Eye with the jab. They trade punches. They land in an exchange and Eye gets a late takedown and ends the round on top. 10-9 Maia.
Maia landing first early on in the second. Eye with the jab. Eye applying the pressure. Maia lands a right hand. Eye gets a takedown but they scramble up quickly. Eye still coming forward and they both land. Eye lands the jab. Eye with a leg kick. Maia lands a nice right hand. Eye with a combo and Maia lands a knee up the middle. Eye with some low kicks. Maia with a right hand. They trade in close range. Eye has a big cut open and Maia lands a left hook. Eye with an inside leg kick. They clinch against the fence and end the round there. The cut on Eye is massive and it came from a clash of heads. 10-9 Maia, 20-18 Maia.
Eye with a leg kick. She's coming forward. Maia lands a right hand. Eye lands a right hand. Eye with a leg kick. Eye lands a left hand. Eye keeps coming forward and both are landing. Eye with the jab and a leg kick. Maia with a right hand. Eye with a combo to the body. They both land in close. Eye lands a right hand. Eye with an uppercut and lands a left hand. Eye lands to the body. Eye lands a right hand to the body. They trade in close before clinching. They break. They trade. Eye's cut has opened back up and she is bleeding badly. Eye lands a right hand and a left hand pops Maia's head back. Close fight. 10-9 Eye, 29-28 Maia.
Official Result- Jennifer Maia def. Jessica Eye by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
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> Trevin Giles (14-2, 5-2 UFC) vs. Dricus Du Plessis (15-2, 1-0 UFC)
Du Plessis with a body kick. Du Plessis with a body kick. Du Plessis with a leg kick. He lands another. Du Plessis with a jumping kick as Giles was swinging. Giles with a combo but Du Plessis is able to land a right hand. Du Plessis with a leg kick. Du Plessis tries a head kick but Giles blocks it. Giles with a leg kick. Du Plessis tries for a takedown against the fence but Giles defending. He almost completes it but can't. Du Plessis gets Giles down and is in side control. Du Plessis gets to the mount and takes the back and now goes for the leg. Giles scrambles out and they get to their feet and Giles has the back. Du Plessis looking for a kimura but Giles defends and Du Plessis ends up in Giles' guard. Du Plessis moves to side control and then back to mount. He loses it but grabs the neck and has a guillotine but the round ends. 10-9 Du Plessis.
Du Plessis with a body kick. Giles looking to land the jab. Giles with a knee to the body. They were both looking to land as Giles pushes Du Plessis to the fence and lands. Du Plessis then lands a big right hand that drops Giles and some follow-up punches to finish it off. Big win for Du Plessis.
Official Result- Dricus Du Plessis def. Trevin Giles by knockout (punches) at 1:41 of Round 2
> Ryan Hall (8-1, 4-0 UFC) vs. Ilia Topuria (10-0, 2-0 UFC)
Hall with a body kick. Hall with a spin kick to the head and Topuria blocks. Hall goes for the roll to the mat but Topuria slips away. Hall trying for his rollsto the mat but Topuria is running away essentially to get out of trouble. Topuria lands somekicks. Topuria has the back as they roll to the mat but Topuria scrambles out. Topuria lands a right hand. Hall with a body kick. Hall lands a left hand and is continuing to try to roll for a leg lock but Topuria is defending well. Hall was trying to roll and Topuria defends and started landing big punches from the top and knocks Hall out cold. What a finish by Topuria.
Official Result- Ilia Topuria def. Ryan Hall by knockout (punches) at 4:47 of Round 1
> Niko Price (14-4 2 NC, 6-4 2 NC UFC) vs. Michel Pereira (25-11 2 NC, 3-2 UFC)
Pereira with the jab. Price pokes Pereira in the eye and we have a timeout. We get back to action and Price trying for a takedown against the fence. They break. Price with a body kick and Pereira grabs the leg and puts him on the mat but lets him up. They trade body kicks. They clinch and Pereira lands some knees. They trade punches inside the pocket. Pereira with a stiff jab and then a leg kick. Pereira with a combo and dumps Price on his back but lets him up. They clinch and Pereira pushes it against the fence. Pereira with a knee as they break. Price with a leg kick. Pereira with a left hook to the body. Pereira tried his cartwheel kick but landed a body kick late. 10-9 Pereira.
They trade kicks to start the second. Pereira with a hard leg kick and then a body kick. Pereira lands a right hand and Price falls to the mat. Pereira back flips into the mount and is landing punches from the top. Pereira looking for a kimura but lets go and is now looking for an arm-triangle choke. He gives up and goes back to landing punches. Price gives up his back but Pereira ends up working back to the mount. They work to their feet. Price now going for a heel hook but Pereira escapes. They trade jabs as they get to their feet. Both landing punches and Pereira is looking tired as Price lands. Price landing more towards the end as they clinch. They exchange at the end. 10-9 Pereira, 20-18 Pereira.
They are throwing wild punches to start the third and Pereira clips Price with a left hand. Price looks for the takedown against the fence but they break. Price with a leg kick and they trade right hands. We have a kick to the groin by Pereira and we have a timeout. They get back to action and Price lands a hard right hand. Pereira lands a right hand. Price pressuring and both are landing. They are both landing near the fence. Price lands a front kick right to the face of Pereira. They are both landing as they clinch and Pereira lands some knees. Pereira tries a takedown and they roll and Price lands some big elbows as they get up. Price with the jab and then some big punches. Price is pouring it on and they clinch. They break. Pereira trying a takedown and Price with some body shots. Price pouring it on late trying to finish but time runs out. Great fight. 10-9 Price, 29-28 Pereira.
Official Result- Michel Pereira def. Niko Price by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Carlos Condit (32-13, 9-9 UFC) vs. Max Griffin (17-8, 5-6 UFC)
Griffin with a leg kick. Griffin throwing kicks. He lands another leg kick. He lands another. Griffin with another leg kick. Griffin only landing leg kicks but they're effective. Condit lands a combo. Condit with a leg kick. They trade right hands. Condit with a body kick. They trade punches and Griffin knocks Condit down with a punch and starts landing from the top but Condit is able to get back to his feet. Condit with a jumping knee. Condit lands a right hand. 10-9 Griffin.
Condit with a body kick. Condit lands some punches and then lands a knee. Condit with a right hand. Condit with a leg kick. Condit with a left hand and Griffin lands a punch. Griffin with a leg kick. Condit with a body kick. Condit lands a right hand. Condit with a combo and lands to the body. Griffin with a right hand. Condit with a body kick. They trade punches and Condit with a spin kick. Condit with a nice right hand. They trade jabs. Griffin lands a right hand. They trade jabs. Condit with a combo and a body kick as he pressures Griffin. They trade jabs again. Condit with a late combo. Close round. 10-9 Condit, 19-19.
They trade to start the third. Condit with a high kick. They trade punches. Griffin lands a left hand. Griffin with a combo. Griffin with a body kick and then Condit lands a combo. Griffin with a right hand. Griffin with a combo that stuns Condit. Griffin pressing forward and landing and gets a takedown. They get up and scramble late. 10-9 Griffin, 29-28 Griffin.
Official Result- Max Griffin def. Carlos Condit by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
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> Sean O'Malley (13-1, 5-1 UFC) vs. Kris Moutinho (9-4, 0-0 UFC)
O'Malley with a front kick. O'Malley with some leg kicks. O'Malley with a body kick then a right hand. O'Malley lands a right hand. Moutinho with a leg kick. O'Malley with the jab. Moutinho with a leg kick. O'Malley with a left hand then a front kick to the body. O'Malley is landing at will. O'Malley landing but Moutinho is swinging and did land. O'Malley with a left hand. O'Malley lands and Moutinho falls to the mat. He gets up and O'Malley is showboating as he's landing and lands a spin kick. O'Malley still landing. Moutinho lands a right hand. O'Malley lands some punches and a front kick to the body. Moutinho with some leg kicks. O'Malley lands a left hand. O'Malley still landing and Moutinho lands a leg kick. O'Malley lands a series of punches. O'Malley with a knee then a right hand and lands a combo. O'Malley drops Moutinho at the end with a right hand. 10-8 O'Malley.
O'Malley with a spin kick to the body. He lands a front kick to the body. Moutinho talking trash but he's wobbly still. O'Malley with a leg kick then some right hands. O'Malley with some jabs. O'Malley lands a right hand. He lands a body kick then a head kick. O'Malley with a right hand to the body. O'Malley with a combo. O'Malley continuing to land. He lands a body kick. Moutinho is still coming after O'Malley but eating shots. O'Malley continues to land. O'Malley continues to land combos. O'Malley still landing but Moutinho is coming forward and they clinch. Moutinho with a kick. 10-9 O'Malley, 20-17 O'Malley.
O'Malley landing to start the third. Moutinho lands a combo as he has O'Malley in trouble for a moment. O'Malley lands the jab. O'Malley with a body kick then a right hand. O'Malley with a head kick. O'Malley lands more hard shots. O'Malley with some kicks and a right hand. Moutinho with a leg kick. O'Malley with a combo. He's teeing off on Moutinho now but somehow Moutinho is able to stay on his feet. Those were big shots landed by O'Malley. O'Malley pouring it on. Moutinho lands a right hand. O'Malley with more punches. O'Malley with the jab. O'Malley lands a right hand. O'Malley with some big punches and Herb Dean stops it late in the fight. Moutinho was eating a lot of shots but this could've continued but this was dominant by O'Malley.
Official Result- Sean O'Malley def. Kris Moutinho by TKO (punches) at 4:33 of Round 3
> Irene Aldana (#4, 12-6, 5-4 UFC) vs. Yana Kunitskaya (#5, 14-5 1 NC, 4-2 UFC)
Women's Bantamweights* (Aldana missed weight by 3.5 pounds)
Kunitskaya with some kicks to the legs and body early on. Kunitskaya with another leg kick. Kunitskaya with a body kick and then lands a right hand. Kunitskaya with a spin kick. They clinch against the fence. Kunitskaya with a knee. They trade knees and Kunitskaya lands an elbow as they break. They trade leg kicks and Aldana lands a right hand. Aldana with a left hook to the body. Aldana with a right hand and Kunitskaya with a body kick. Aldana with a combo and Kunitskaya just misses a spinning back fist. Aldana drops Kunitskaya with a left hook and gets on top and is landing punches. Aldana stands and is looking to get back on top and she does and starts landing left hands. Aldana with big punches and it is stopped. Big win for Aldana as she gets the stoppage.
Official Result- Irene Aldana def. Yana Kunitskaya by TKO (punches) at 4:35 of Round 1
> Tai Tuivasa (11-3, 5-3 UFC) vs. Greg Hardy (7-3 1 NC, 4-3 1 NC UFC)
Tuivasa with a leg kick. He lands another. He lands more. He lands another and Hardy lands a right hand. Tuivasa lands a right hand. Hardy hurts Tuivasa and then Tuivasa drops Hardy with a big left hand and Tuivasa lands a follow-up shot as the referee was rushing in to stop it. Big finish for Tuivasa, who then celebrates with his customary shoey.
Official Result- Tai Tuivasa def. Greg Hardy by knockout (punches) at 1:07 of Round 1
> Gilbert Burns (#2, 20-4, 12-4 UFC) vs. Stephen Thompson (#4, 16-4-1, 11-4-1 UFC)
Burns with a body kick. Burns shoots in for a takedown and pushes Thompson against the fence. They battle against the fence. Burns is able to get Thompson down. Burns with a couple of punches from the top but nothing is really happening. Thompson works his way up but eats some punches from Burns. They break but neither can land before the round ends. 10-9 Burns.
Burns misses a high kick. Thompson just misses a spin kick. Thompson with a body kick. Burns with a leg kick. Thompson with a side kick. He lands a big one to the body. Burns with a leg kick. Thompson controlling the range and lands a high kick. Thompson lands a big spin kick. Burns lands a right hand. Thompson with a side kick. Thompson lands and Burns goes for a takedown but it's defended. Thompson lands a right hand. Burns with a low kick and lands a right hand. Burns gets a takedown. They both land as they're tied up on the mat. 10-9 Burns, 20-18 Burns.
Thompson with some kicks to start as he lands the side kick. Thompson lands a right hand and then a body kick. Thompson lands a wheel kick to the head and Burns goes down but gets up and lands a right hand. Burns shoots for a takedown but Thompson is able to keep it up. Burns gets the takedown. Burns lands a couple of punches but just holding Thompson down. Burns lands some left hands from the top. Burns grabs the neck and looking for a guillotine but Thompson escapes. Burns with some big punches from the top at the end though some were to the back of the head. 10-9 Burns, 30-27 Burns.
Official Result- Gilbert Burns def. Stephen Thompson by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Dustin Poirier (#1, 27-6 1 NC, 19-5 1 NC UFC) vs. Conor McGregor (#5, 22-5, 10-3 UFC)
McGregor lands a spin kick to the body then a leg kick. They trade punches. McGregor with another spin kick. McGregor with a leg kick. Poirier lands a right hand. McGregor with a leg kick. McGregor with another leg kick and lands a left hand. Poirier lands some punches. They clinch and McGregor with a knee to the body. McGregor has the neck and looks for a guillotine. Poirier gets out and lands an elbow from the top. He lands another. McGregor throwing elbows from the bottom. Poirier lands some elbows from the top. Poirier lands a right hand. Poirier back into the guard and McGregor lands an elbow. Poirier lands from the top. McGregor lands an upkick and Poirier back on top landing. McGregor goes for the neck but Poirier gets out and they stand. Poirier drops McGregor late and ends the round landing from the top. 10-9 Poirier.
McGregor broke his ankle sometime in the first and the fight was stopped. He broke it when they both threw punches and McGregor fell back wrong and went down. He wasn't dropped by Poirier. Poirier wins in anti-climatic fashion.
Official Result- Dustin Poirier def. Conor McGregor by TKO (doctor stoppage- injury) at 5:00 of Round 1