Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 3 close to being finalised for UFC 264 on July 10 with all parties 'optimistic'

CONOR MCGREGOR's July trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier is close to being finalised, according to reports.

The Irishman suffered a second round knockout at the hands of 'The Diamond' on Fight Island back in January.

But, having won their first fight at 145lbs back in 2014, 'The Notorious' will have the opportunity to win the trilogy this summer, at 155lbs.

According to Ariel Helwani, an agreement is 'close' – and could even be announced later this week.

The fight will headline UFC 264 on July 10 in Las Vegas, and is expected to be one of the most lucrative in the promotion's history.

UFC president Dana White wants the bout to be in front of a full crowd at T-Mobile Arena.

As well as avenging January's loss, McGregor is aiming to claw his way back into the title picture, with the 32-year-old having won just one fight since November 2016.

Khabib Nurmagomedov's vacated lightweight belt WON'T be on the line, however, with Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira set to fight for the title on May 15.

Poirier, 32, could have been part of that title fight, but chose the more lucrative McGregor trilogy bout instead.

And White, 51, believes that Poirier made the right call.


He said: "Dustin wants the rematch. It's smart, that's what he should do. He should take the rematch, take that fight. It's a big fight for him.

"[The] kid's worked hard his whole life, his whole career to be in a position like this and that's the fight you take."

One man stuck on the outside looking in, however, is No2 ranked contender Justin Gaethje.

Out of action since losing to Nurmagomedov in October, 'The Highlight' has admitted that he doesn't know when he'll next fight, having been squeezed out of the title picture by lower ranked fighters.

He told Raptors MMA: “Who knows, man [when I will fight].

Who knows? Maybe I p***ed someone off, I don’t know

"I can’t talk about it a lot right now, I’m sure me talking about it is the reason I’m here in the past.

"Who knows? Maybe I p***ed someone off, I don’t know.

"All I know is since I was 12, 13 years old, I listened to Dana White do his interviews and explain what he wanted in a fighter, and I'm that motherf***er.

"If I get disrespected, it's gonna be hurtful because I really bought in to what that man talked about.

"So yeah, it’ll hurt because I feel like I'm a company man from day one.

"I don't ever wanna go anywhere else, I don’t ever want to fight anywhere else

"But my principles are the most important thing to me, so we'll see what happens."

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