UFC 264: Conor McGregor-Dustin Poirier confirmed for capacity crowd in Las Vegas

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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Conor McGregor, left, kicks Dustin Poirier during their mixed martial arts bout in Las Vegas. McGregor returns from a year-long layoff for a rematch against Poirier in the promotions's first pay-per-view of the year, at UFC 257 on Jan. 24 at Abu Dhabi. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
Conor McGregor, left, will face Dustin Poirier for a third time. Poirier won in January, avenging a loss to McGregor way back in 2014. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier bout is officially on for UFC 264 and will be held in front of a capacity crowd in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White announced Wednesday morning. 

The fight will be July 10 at T-Mobile Arena as a pay-per-view card. It's the third meeting between them and comes two days after McGregor said he was calling off the fight following a squabble over a missing charitable donation. 

McGregor told ESPN's Ariel Helwani he signed the bout agreement on Wednesday morning. 

"I'm going to rip this game a new a**hole July 10th," he told Helwani. "The Mac is back in Sin City! Full House!" 

White said in his announcement 20,000 fans will be able to fill T-Mobile Arena for the bout. Tickets will go on sale this week. 

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UFC 264 will mark the company's and fans return to its popular Vegas home after being away during the COVID-19 pandemic. UFC held fights in Vegas, Florida and Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. UFC 261 will be the first full crowd capacity pay-per-view event since March 2020. It will be held in Jacksonville, Florida.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said Tuesday he expects the state's economy to be fully reopened by June 1. He plans to end social distancing protocols and restrictions by May 1, opening the way for the UFC's announcement. The mask mandate will remain a state-wide requirement, he said.

The fight between McGregor and Poirier is the third. McGregor won the 2014 bout, but lost via a second-round TKO at UFC 257 in January. Ahead of the fight, McGregor promised to donate $500,000 to Poirier's foundation. 

Poirier said over the weekend he had not made the donation, which prompted a back-and-forth between the pair that concluded with McGregor getting the last word. He tweeted several insults and included "the fight is off btw." 

It is clearly not off. 

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