UFC 264: McGregor vs Poirier III Early Odds Preview

  • Both McGregor and Poirier have -110 odds to win in the third meeting between the two.
  • Stephen Thompson is the -155 betting favorite over Gilbert Burns in the co-main event.
  • Greg Hardy is a +115 underdog against Tai Tuivasa.

LAS VEGASConor McGregor will make his return to the octagon to face Dustin Poirier in the trilogy fight on July 10.

McGregor won the meeting between the two in 2014, but Poirier was able to emerge victorious back in January.

Odds Favor Neither Headliner

Potentially surprising to some, the betting odds give neither fighter an edge, labeling both McGregor and Poirier with -110 odds.

Despite being one of the biggest UFC stars of all time, McGregor’s recent track record hasn’t been too impressive, only having one win in the last five years. With this, gambling sites still give him an equal shot to win.

McGregor vs Poirier Moneyline Odds

  • Conor McGregor -110
  • Dustin Poirier -110

Poirier has gone on an impressive run in the lightweight division having beaten Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, Max Holloway, Dan Hooker and most recently Conor McGregor with only one loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in that stretch.

UFC bettors may want to grab Poirier at this line before it possibly moves.

Co-Main Event: Thompson vs Burns

Gilbert Burns and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson will be the co-main event for the UFC 264 card and online gambling sites give Thompson the betting edge in the fight.

Thompson vs Burns Moneyline Odds

  • Stephen Thompson -155
  • Gilbert Burns +130

Thompson will be coming off of back-to-back wins over Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal while Burns will make his first walk to ring since losing to Kamaru Usman in a welterweight title fight. Stylistically, this is an interesting fight as Wonderboy is a kickboxer at his core while Burns is a jiu-jitsu artist who also has heavy hands.

At the time, Burns’ wins over Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley were quality wins, but given their performances since, it’s fair to question if Burns has actually beaten good fighters rather than some big names.

Thompson put on a clinic in his fight against Neal, but it’s been quite some time since he’s gotten in the octagon against someone with the wrestling and jiu-jitsu credentials that Burns has. Simply stated, if the fight stays on the feet; advantage Thompson and if it goes to the mat; advantage Burns.

Greg Hardy vs Tai Tuivasa

Purists better turn away from the screen when these two step in the ring because while it’s bound to be as untechnical and sloppy as possible, it will likely be one of the more entertaining fights on the card. Truthfully speaking, there’s no way of knowing who will win this fight.

Greg Hardy and Tai Tuivasa have combined for 16 knockouts in their 18 wins throughout their careers and it could very well come down to who lands the first big shot. The odds favor Tuivasa in a slight manner.

Hardy vs Tuivasa Moneyline Odds

  • Greg Hardy +115
  • Tai Tuivasa -155

Other Notable Fights on UFC 264

The previously mentioned fighters will close out the fight, but the entire card is stacked from top to bottom with plenty of interesting fights and sports betting opportunities.

Sean O’Malley (-450) vs Louis Smolka (+325)

Sean O’Malley is one of the sport’s fastest rising stars and is always looking to put on a show for the fans. He’s a fan favorite, and betting favorite, for good reason.

Carlos Condit (+150) vs Max Griffin (-185)

Carlos Condit is a staple in the UFC’s welterweight division as a former title challenger, but he’s well past his prime at age 37 and is projected to suffer another defeat, this time to Max Griffin.

Michel Pereira (-165) vs Niko Price (+135)

Michel Pereira is one of the most electrifying and unorthodox fighters in the world (seriously, look up his highlights) and is a moderate favorite over Niko Price who is coming off of a draw against Donald Cerrone.