DUSTIN POIRIER has vowed to register a second consecutive KO victory over Conor McGregor in their eagerly-anticipated trilogy fight.

The pride of Lafayette, Louisiana will meet The Notorious in a rubber match on July 10 in the main event of UFC 264 in Las Vegas.

Fan favourite Poirier shocked the world in January by knocking McGregor out cold in their UFC 257 rematch in Abu Dhabi.

And the former interim lightweight champion has promised a repeat performance in their Sin City showdown.

Poirier – the No.1-ranked lightweight in the world – told ESPN: "I'm gonna stop Conor again.

"July 10, I'm gonna get my hand raised and I'm gonna finish Conor McGregor again."

The former interim lightweight champion, however, stopped short of revealing the round he plans to end the fight in.

He continued: "I don't do all that, I don't all that. I just show up ready to scrap."


Poirier's life changed forever following his Abu Dhabi dust-up with the UFC's poster boy, with a slew of opportunities coming his way.

He said: "The celebrity and power that Conor has I don't know if people, I mean a lot of people probably do realise that.

"But you go out there and you knock a guy out like that, it is like I've been fighting for 14 years and overnight you have one performance like that and everything changes.

"Things start to line up. Opportunities are more open and my phone hasn't stopped ringing.

"It's been a whirlwind since January 24."

Poirier snubbed the opportunity to fight for the vacant lightweight title – which Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira will vie for next month at UFC 262 – in favour of a big-money series decider with McGregor.

Despite the fight further delaying his bid to win undisputed UFC gold, The Diamond stands by his decision.

He said: "Planning out my career, this trilogy means a lot to me personally but also to mixed martial arts.

"My personal goal is to beat Conor again and then I'm still the No.1 contender and I'll fight for the championship and wrap gold around my waist.

"It's a beautiful story and I'm not scared to take different routes or go to the grind; those are just the decisions I've taken and I stand by them.

"Fighting Conor the first time when I was a bit more heated in the moment and cared too much, to come back and beat the guy on the big stage.

"I feel like we owe it to each other to go in there one more time at our best and see who the better fighter is."

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