Conor McGregor’s highly anticipated return is set to take place on January 23 when the former two-division champion meets a former rival to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
Much has changed since McGregor stopped Poirier in the first round over six years ago at UFC 178. McGregor became the biggest star in the UFC while also becoming the first fighter to hold world titles in two divisions simultaneously. Meanwhile, Poirier has recovered with sweeping wins over Eddie Alvarez, Max Holloway, Dan Hooker and Justin Gaethje while claiming the interim UFC lightweight title.
There’s a lot at stake when these two get together as Khabib Nurmagomedov retired and left the UFC lightweight title. The winner will certainly be near the front of the title line while the loser falls to the back.
Will things be different this time around?
Below is a full rundown of the UFC 257 schedule, with details on matchups, start times, odds and more for Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier.
When will Conor McGregor’s next fight take place in 2021?
- Dated: Saturday 23 January
- First preliminaries: 7 p.m. ET
- Preliminaries: 8 p.m. ET
- PPV main card: 10 p.m. ET
Prelims for UFC 257 will begin on ESPN + at 7 p.m. ET, prelims will begin on ESPN + and ESPN at 8 p.m., and the pay-per-view main card on ESPN + will round off the night from 10 p.m. to at least midnight.
How to watch UFC 257: McGregor vs Poirier
The primary card for UFC 257 is available in the US on the ESPN + subscription service for an pay-per-view cost. This part of the event starts around 10 p.m.
Previous fights, however, can be seen live on ESPN, the WatchESPN app, and, for early matches, on UFC Fight Pass.
In Canada, the pay-per-view primary card is available on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
McGregor Price vs Poirier: How Much is UFC 257?
In the US, the UFC 257 main card is available through pay-per-view on ESPN +, which also requires a subscription. The PPV price for UFC 257 is $ 69.99 for current subscribers. New subscribers can pay a bundle price of $ 89.99 for UFC 257 pay-per-view and an ESPN + annual subscription, which offers savings of over 30%.
Where is UFC 257?
UFC 257 will be held in Fight Island at the Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi with no fans in attendance due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
This will be Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier’s first visit to Fight Island.
McGregor vs Poirier odds for UFC 257
McGregor opened as a strong favorite at -275 with Poirier sitting at +235. But as the fight draws closer, Poirier has closed the gap and, as of Jan. 8, positions himself as a +155 underdog with McGregor remaining the favorite at -180. As it stands, you would have to bet $ 180 on McGregor to get a profit of $ 100. A $ 100 bet on Poirier would yield a return of $ 155.
Conor McGregor Record
- Last name: Conor McGregor
- Nationality: Irish
- Born: July 14, 1988
- Size: 5-9
- Reach: 74 inch
- Total fights: 26
- Record: 22-4
Dustin Poirier record
- Last name: Dustin Poirier
- Nationality: American
- Born: January 19, 1989
- Size: 5-9
- Reach: 72 inch
- Total fights: 33
- Record: 26-6 (1 without competition)
UFC 257 Fight Card
- Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier (lightweight)
- Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler (lightweight)
- Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood (female flyweight)
- Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar (lightweight)
- Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas (female strawweight)
- Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov (middleweight)
- Nasrat Haqparast versus. Arman Tsarukyan (light)
- Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior (middleweight)
- Julianna Pena vs. Sara McMann (female bantamweight)
- Khalil Rountree Jr vs. Marcin Prachnio (light heavyweight)
- Movsar Evloev vs. Nik Lentz (catch weight)
- Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (flyweight)