Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor III will officially take place on July 10th. — despite some recent verbal spars between the two, and it now has an official landing pad. UFC 264, per promotional president, Dana White, will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada — with a full gate open to 20,000 attendees.
Forced to host events behind a closed gate since March of last year at UFC Fight Night Brasilia amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the most recent showcase to land at the T-Mobile Arena was UFC 248 on March 8th. — which was headlined by a lacklustre middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero.
In the time since, the UFC has held events behind closed gates in Jacksonville, Florida and on ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas has become a staple for both flagship pay-per-view events and Fight Night cards, and in January, the promotion held three events at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, UAE — to a limited attendance, with Poirier stopping McGregor via second-round strikes to round out the trip at UFC 257.
Set to return to an open gate to fans format on April 24th. — the UFC will return to the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida — fielding a trio of anticipated title fights at UFC 261. Opening the tripleheader is a flyweight title matchup between Valentina Shevchenko and Jessica Andrade, while in the co-headliner, Zhang Weili defends her strawweight crown against Rose Namajunas. In the main event, welterweight spoils are on the line as the incumbent, Kamaru Usman rematches BMF champion, Jorge Masvidal.
On May 15th. — UFC 262 takes place at a sold-out Toyota Centre in Houston, Texas as the surging Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace, Charles Oliveira meets with former three-time Bellator lightweight champion, Michael Chandler for the vacant undisputed lightweight crown.
For the premier occasion in promotional history, a five-round, non-title, co-headliner will take place as welterweight standout, Leon Edwards matches with fan favourite veteran, Nate Diaz.
Releasing a promotional video this afternoon, UFC president, Dana White confirmed the trilogy, rubber match between Poirier and McGregor — detailing how the UFC 264 event has been booked for the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada — with a full capacity of 20,000 fans expected to boot.