And so here we go again for a third time.
Dustin Poirier has passed at an opportunity for a shot at the UFC Lightweight Title in favour of a trilogy fight with the biggest draw card that the sport has ever seen and who blames him!
The winner of this fight will be assured a shot at Charles Oliveira next anyway I would assume.
Conor took the first fight way back in 2014 when both fighters were in their infancy in the promotion and Dustin levelled the score at one a piece just five months ago.
It really is an interesting fight to attempt to break down and there are many facets of MMA that favour both fighters but ultimately Conor McGregor will need to produce something different if he is to win this fight.
If he is going to rely on his excellent movement and counter punching as his main methods to victory, then he is again a punchers chance in the opening couple of rounds.
This is something that has worked for McGregor throughout his career and his gas tank has not been tested because of that brutal left hand.
But he has spent just 192 seconds inside the octagon in the past 26 months and unless he brings something new to the table, I see this one going the same way the last fight did or Poirier winning a decision.
This is a cracking Co-Main event in one of the most competitive divisions in the UFC.
Wonderboy went into his first Title shot against the then dominant Tyron Woodley with a record of 13-1 and missed out of UFC gold in two razor close decisions.
Since those fights in early 2016/17, Thompson has gone three wins and two losses and has had just one fight since late 2019.
Gilbert Burns was undefeated at Welterweight, including four in a row leading into his Title shot against Kamaru Usman earlier this year.
He had some success early in the fight, stunning the champ a couple of times with his power punching but ultimately fell short in his bid to be crowned the UFC Welterweight champion.
Burns is a very well rounded mixed martial artist, who has exceptionally good BJJ but his pure boxing is at times overlooked because of this.
Wonderboy is one of the most exciting strikers that we have ever seen in this division but he is 38 years of age and has has not been active of recent.
These odds should be flipped in my opinion.
Aussie Tai Tuivasa won his first 9 professional fights including his three inside the UFC and was on his way to the top of the division.
That run was ended when he lost three successive fights in a row but the hard hitting Western Sydney local has bounced back in his last couple in a big way.
‘Shoeyvasa’ has two first round KO victories against Stefan Struve and Harry Hunsucker leading into this fight against Greg Hardy.
Former NFL player Greg Hardy comes into this fight with a record of 7 wins, 3 losses and a NC from 11 pro fights.
Losses to Alexander Volkov and Marcin Tybura bookend wins over Yorgan De Castro and Maurice Greene and this should be a really good scrap.
The permanent move to the States and AKA for Tai Tuivasa has clearly made an impact and he simply has too many weapons for Hardy who is a puncher’s chance in the first round.
Beyond that, the fight can be controlled by Tuivasa and if he is patient the finish should come late in the fight or he can win a decision being the more active fighter.
Gilbert Burns To Win vs Stephen Thompson
Tai Tuivasa To Win By KO/TKO vs Greg Hardy
Yana Kunitskaya by Points v Irene Aldana