Everything You Need to Know About UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2

Conor McGregor

On Saturday, January 23, the first big UFC pay-per-view event of 2021 is taking place at the newly built Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. At UFC 257, Conor “The Notorious” McGregor will be stepping back into the Octagon to face Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier for the second time. If you’re looking to learn more about the event and how you can stream it live by signing up for ESPN+, then read on. We’ve got everything you need to know about UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 right here.

Last January, we saw the return of Conor McGregor to the Octagon after a 15-month hiatus following his 2018 defeat at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov. At UFC 246, The Notorious — who had just moved up to welterweight — handily defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a first-round knockout. Fans were excited to see how McGregor would fare at this heavier weight (particularly against top talent like Kamaru Usman), but several months later in June, the Irish fighter announced his retirement on social media.

However, this was the second time McGregor had declared he was retiring from MMA, so many — including UFC CEO Dana White — were doubtful that the star fighter would be able to resist the call of the Octagon for long. That skepticism proved to be well-founded when it was announced that The Notorious would be stepping back into the ring in a lightweight rematch against Dustin Poirier, whom McGregor had defeated at UFC 178 in 2014.

Conor McGregor hardly needs an introduction to UFC fans, and his star power even extends well beyond the world of MMA. The Irish fighter boasts a record of 22 wins (19 by knockout) and four losses and has held both the UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Championships. McGregor’s opponent, American fighter Dustin Poirier, is heading into the Octagon as the underdog, but is no jobber: Ranked second on the UFC lightweight roster, The Diamond has an impressive record of 26 wins and six losses and is a former interim UFC lightweight champion.

Dana White has suggested that whoever clinches the victory at UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 is going to get a shot at the lightweight title, which is going to be up for grabs in the wake of champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s recent retirement. If you want to stream the main event live and see what happens yourself, you’ll have to sign up for ESPN+ and grab the pay-per-view. This bundle deal lets you score a year’s worth of ESPN+ along with the UFC 257 PPV bundle for just $85, saving you $30.

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