Road to UFC 257: McGregor vs Poirier 2

UFC 257: Poirier vs McGregor 2 will take place Saturday, January 23, 2021, at Etihad Arena on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island.

The main card will stream live on Pay-Per-View, exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish. The Preliminary fights will air on ESPN and in Spanish on ESPN Deportes, as well as being simulcast in both languages on ESPN+ starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The Early prelims will be available on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ (in English and Spanish) at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT.  To subscribe to ESPN+ you can click here.

In the main event, we will see #2 ranked Dustin Poirier (26-6) fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. who will try to even the score with #4 Conor McGregor (22-4) fighting out of Dublin, Ireland. In the co-main event, #6 ranked lightweight contender Dan Hooker (20-9) fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand is looking to spoil the highly anticipated debut of Michael Chandler (21-5) fighting out of Boca Raton, Fla.

Conor McGregor is a former two-division UFC champion who returns to action for the first time since his KO win against Donald Cerrone one year ago. McGregor has delivered KO victories over Eddie Alvarez, Jose Aldo, and Chad Mendes. McGregor now has his sights to once again stop Poirier to stake his claim for another lightweight title shot. McGregor is -285 to beat Poirier in their rematch in the UFC betting lines.

Dustin Poirier is the former interim lightweight champion will be looking to continue his momentum following his spectacular victory win against Dan Hooker. Poirier has also secured impressive victories over Max Holloway (twice), Anthony Pettis, and Justin Gaethje. Poirier is making his 25th UFC appearance and will be going against one of the biggest names in MMA history. Dustin is +245 in the UFC betting lines.

According to the graphic below, you can see the path both fighters took leading up to their rematch for UFC’s first PPV of 2021 at UFC 257.

Road to UFC 257: McGregor vs Poirier 2:

  • UFC 189: McGregor v Mendes | 11 July 2015
  • UFC 194: Aldo v McGregor | 12 December 2015
  • Mayweather v McGregor | 26 August 2017
  • UFC Fight Night: Poirier v Pettis | 11 November 2017
  • UFC on Fox: Poirier v Gaethje | 14 April 2018
  • UFC on Fox: Poirier v Alvarez | 28 July 2018
  • UFC 229: Nurmagomedov v McGregor | 6 October 2018
  • UFC 236: Holloway v Poirier | 13 April 2019
  • UFC 242: Nurmagomedov v Poirier | 7 September 2019
  • UFC 246: McGregor v Cerrone | 18 January 2020
  • UFC 257: The rematch | 23 January 2021

As we can in the graphic above, Both Conor and Dustin have something in common, they both fought Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed title. Both men did lose via rear-naked choke submission, but fast forward to now, they will face off in a rematch, and with a win, it’s one step closer to a lightweight shot. Will Khabib come out of retirement and return to the Octagon to face the winner and defend his belt? We shall see at UFC 257 come Saturday, January 23, 2021.

In the co-main event, Dan Hooker has proven himself to be among the most dangerous finishers in the lightweight division. Hooker has stopped Gilbert Burns, Jim Miller, and James Vick. He also has impressive wins over contenders Paul Felder and Al Iaquinta. Hooker now hopes to kick off 2021 with another performance by defeating Chandler. Hooker is -142 in the UFC betting lines.

Michael Chandler looks to make an immediate impact in his UFC debut by stopping Hooker to send a message to the lightweight division. Chandler is a three-time champion outside the UFC. He’s delivered victories over Benson Henderson (twice), Eddie Alvarez, and Patricky Freire (twice). Chandler is +122 in the UFC betting lines.

UFC 257: Poirier vs McGregor 2 fight card:

Main card (ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT):

  • Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier – lightweights
  • Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler – lightweights
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Jessica Eye – women’s flyweights
  • Ottman Azaitar vs. Matt Frevola – lightweights
  • Amanda Ribas vs. Marina Rodriguez – women’s strawweights

Preliminary card (ESPN / ESPN+ in the U.S. at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT):

  • Arman Tsarukyan vs. Nasrat Haqparast – lightweights
  • Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior – middleweights
  • Sara McMahon vs. Julianna Pena – women’s bantamweights
  • Khalil Rountree vs. Marcin Prachnio – light heavyweights

Early preliminary card (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass in the U.S. at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT):

  • Makhmud Muradov vs. Andrew Sanchez – middleweights
  • Nik Lentz vs. Movsar Evloev – featherweights
  • Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Amir Albazi – flyweights

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