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UFC 302 LIVE: UK start time, fight card and how to follow as Makhachev defends title against Poirier and Strickland faces Costa

Dustin Poirier is hoping to get third time lucky when he challenges lightweight champion Islam Makhachev at UFC 302 tonight.

“The Diamond” owns an unwanted title fight record of 0-2 and another loss could be his last chance at the top of the division.

Poirier earned another title shot

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Poirier earned another title shotCredit: Getty

One of those championship losses came to Makhachev’s former trainer, Khabib Nurmagomedov, with that fight representing a similar style.

Poirier bounced back from his BMF title loss to Justin Gaethje by knocking out rising contender Benoit Saint-Denis in March.

Gaethje was the original number one contender for Makhachev’s belt, but found himself knocked out by Max Holloway at UFC 300 last month.

Former champion Charles Oliveira also suffered a loss on the historic card, which led to Poirier’s availability, seeing him jump the queue.

Russian superstar Makhachev hasn’t fought since defending his title in style by defeating Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 294.

The UFC will also introduce its new fighting gloves – the 3Eight/5Eight – at the event to reduce eye blows and hand injuries.

UFC 302: Date and how to follow

UFC 302 is scheduled for Saturday, June 1 at the Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, United States.

Preliminary action is set to begin from 11pm UK time before the main card gets underway at around 3am UK time.

The headline fight can then be expected at 5am on Sunday morning for UK fans.

Makhachev leads UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings

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Makhachev leads UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankingsCredit: Getty

Fans can watch the preliminary action live on UFC Fight Pass.

You can sign up for Fight Pass for £6.99/month or £71.99 for the whole year. More details here.

The main card will air live on TNT Sports Box Office.

TNT Sports subscribers can also tune in through the Discovery+ app to watch the action on their laptop or mobile device.

More details on how to register for TNT Sports and watch the event can be found here.

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UFC 302: Undercard

Subject to change

Main map

  • MAIN EVENT: Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier – for UFC lightweight title
  • Sean Strickland vs. Paulo Costa
  • Kevin Holland vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
  • Niko Price vs. Alex Morono
  • Randy Brown vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Preliminary map

  • Cesar Almeida vs. Roman Kopylov
  • Jailton Almeida vs. Alexander Romanov
  • Grant Dawson vs. Joe Solecki
  • Philip Rowe vs. Jake Matthews

Early Preliminary Map

  • Mickey Gall vs. Bassil Hafez
  • Ailin Perez vs. Joselyne Edwards
  • Mitch Raposo vs. Andre Lima
McGregor hasn't fought since breaking his leg at UFC 264 in July 2021

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McGregor hasn’t fought since breaking his leg at UFC 264 in July 2021Credit: Getty

UFC 302: What was said?

Conor McGregor has told talkSPORT he is aiming for a fourth fight with Poirier as he doesn’t believe he suffered a real defeat last time out.

“It was good to see Poirier get the win (against Saint-Denis),” McGregor told Adam Catterall.

“That makes it the quadrilogy – the real trilogy – to end it.

“It’s a huge fight right now. I expected the outcome to turn out this way and was happy to see it. This is definitely a big deal.

As for Makhachev, he seeks to make the task “easy” against Poirier.

“Dustin, he’s a warrior, a legend,” Makhachev told TMZ.

“He has more experience in this sport than anyone. But his problem is his style.

“His weak point is wrestling and grappling, and I have the key to an easy fight. And if I follow the plan, I can beat him easily.

“My style and Khabib’s style is the worst style for Dustin.”

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