Mike Brown: Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor Trilogy ‘Potentially will be the Biggest UFC 264 PPV of all Time’
Poirier, who knocked out McGregor in their rematch at UFC 257 to establish himself as the №1 challenger for the UFC lightweight championship, chose to resolve their feud in a trilogy bout rather than take an outright shot at gold.
Given the seriousness of the battle, his head coach Brown believes this is the best decision for his future.
“Yeah, this is the best choice,” Brown told MMA Junkie. “Conor is the greatest attraction in this sport, and I believe this match would sell more pay-per-views than any other. This may be the largest pay-per-view event in history. It really has the capability, and it would most likely need it. I assume it, and the title battle will still be there after.
“He’s always getting stronger all the time, because he’s that man who has paid his dues more than anybody else. These are the ones who chose the long route, the guys who merit it more than anybody else.”
As a consequence, the promotion set up a vacant lightweight championship match between Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler in the UFC 262 main event this past weekend, where Oliveira was proclaimed champion when he silenced Chandler in Round 2. Oliveira is also expected to face the winner of the Poirier vs. McGregor rematch, which will headline Watch UFC 264 Live on July 10 in Las Vegas.
Brown is certain that Poirier (27–6 MMA, 19–5 UFC) will defeat McGregor (22–5 MMA, 10–3 UFC) once more. Although the calf kicks were essential in Poirier’s ability to stymie McGregor’s movement, Brown believes “The Diamond” has many ways to win.
“I think Conor thinks that the calf kicks were the big issue, but it wasn’t the calf kicks that knocked him out,” Brown said. “So I like where we’re at in this war, and I’m very optimistic heading into it.
“The battle game is very complicated. This is one of thousands, if not millions, of guns. We’re just worried about one arm here. Dustin has a number of them.”