Update 11:50 p.m. With just two rounds left in the Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson fight, it does look like we’re on time for the main event of UFC 264.
Look for both Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier to walk to the cage about 12:15 a.m.
UFC is back in front of fans and is bringing their biggest draw back to the Las Vegas Strip as UFC 264 features No. 5 Conor McGregor taking on No. 1 Dustin Poirier Saturday evening from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The early preliminary card gets underway at 6:15 p.m. ET with four fights airing on UFC Fight Pass. That is followed by the four-fight preliminary card at 8 p.m. on ESPN & ESPN+.
The main card for the event is scheduled to get started at 10 p.m. and will be available for purchase through ESPN+ PPV. The card is headlined by McGregor and Poirier in their third battle, with the winner coming away as the victor in overall trilogy. As of this writing, Poirier is the -127 favorite over McGregor, who is priced as a +100 underdog.
The main event is estimated to get going at just after midnight according to UFC projections. As the main card starts at 10 p.m., it will depend somewhat on how long the first four fights go, if there’s any unexpected delays, how long ring entrances with pomp and circumstance take, and if McGregor just feels like taking his time.
But just after midnight on the east coast is probably a safe bet as of now. We’ll update this space if there are any unexpected changes to one of the biggest MMA events since the global pandemic has begun to wane.