Conor McGregor is a -200 betting underdog in a potential 4th fight against Dustin Poirier.
Poirier defeated McGregor via TKO last weekend at UFC 264 after McGregor was unable to continue following a leg injury.
The Diamond has beaten McGregor in each of their last two bouts to close their trilogy. However, many were not convinced with Saturday’s doctor’s stoppage TKO.
Conor McGregor still has a long way to go before we see him back inside the Octagon. But when he returns, he is expected to fight Dustin Poirier for a 4th time after their third bout last weekend ended unceremoniously. And when they do, the Irishman will be the betting underdog for the second consecutive bout.
According to the SuperBook in Las Vegas and Colorado, McGregor is a +200 underdog in a fourth bout against Poirier. The Diamond meanwhile has opened as the -240 betting favorite to beat Mcgregor for the third consecutive fight.
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— SuperBook Sports (@SuperBookSports) July 11, 2021
If those current odds hold at the best UFC betting sites when that 4th bout is booked, then it will mark the longest odds in McGregor’s UFC career. The Irishman closed at +110 at last weekend’s UFC 264 main event and has never been a bigger underdog than when he closed at +170 against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Poirier “Closes” Trilogy With Stoppage
Dustin Poirier closes trilogy with stoppage win after Conor McGregor breaks his leg in UFC 264 main event#UFC264 #UFC https://t.co/30m6rvHx8u pic.twitter.com/33wtJDNLrd
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) July 11, 2021
The SuperBook’s odds however, are not surprising. Poirier has defeated McGregor in each of their last two meetings both via KO/TKO. However, while the Diamond “closed” their trilogy last weekend with the stoppage at the end of round one, it wasn’t the closure that everyone had expected.
Poirier won the first round on the judges’ scorecards 10-9, 10-8, and 10-8 after unloading a furious ground and pound on McGregor. But the fight was stopped because McGregor could not continue after breaking his left leg. Sure, it will go down in the record books as a TKO win for Poirier, but in the eyes of the people, it was a no-contest, regardless of how the Diamond dominated the first round.
The ending was a far cry from how their rematch ended. In that fight, Poirier punched his way to victory, putting McGregor to sleep with a flurry of punches in round two. That win evened their score at 1-1 with McGregor winning their first meeting in 2014 via 1st round knockout.
You Cant’ Have a Fight Finish That Way
Dana White says Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 4 is likely for the future.
“The fight didn’t get finished. You can’t have a fight finish that way.”#UFC264 | Full video: https://t.co/Ubd0mCRvCs pic.twitter.com/EP28Mknw8x
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) July 11, 2021
During the UFC 264 post-event press conference, UFC President Dana White all but guaranteed a fourth bout between McGregor and Poirier, saying that “you can’t have a fight finish that way”. White added however that while McGregor is on the mend, Poirier will go one with his business and fight Charles Oliveira for the UFC lightweight title.
As for McGregor, he faces a long road to recovery ahead. The Notorious underwent surgery on Sunday afternoon to repair fractures in his left tibia and fibula. He is expected to remain in crutches for six weeks after which he will begin the journey back.
It remains to be seen how long McGregor will be out. But he, his team, and his doctors believe that with time, he will make a full recovery. And with that, his fans will anticipate his return, whenever that may be. But if it happens before December 31, 2022 and if it will be against Dustin Poirier again, he is going to do so as the biggest underdog of his UFC career.