UFC 257 Preview
The UFC kicks off 2021 with a bang as the sport’s biggest star Conor McGregor returns to the Octagon for UFC 257.
Standing in his way is #2 ranked, and former Interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier.
When is UFC 257?
UFC takes place on Saturday, January 23rd 2021. It’s going to be a late one for British MMA fans, as UFC 257’s early prelims begin from 11pm GMT, with the main card kicking off at 3am.
McGregor and Poirier will be expected to make their ring walks about 5am.
Where is UFC 257 taking place?
The UFC is continuing its run of shows on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, with the venue for this event moving to the Etihad Arena. This is the last PPV card for the “Return to Fight Island” series, after its subsequent return last September.
This series saw Adesanya defeat Costa for the Middleweight Championship, along with Nurmagomedov taking down Gaethje in October.
Where can I watch UFC 257?
You can catch McGregor vs Poirier live on BT Sport Box Office.
UFC 257 Fight Card
The UFC starts 2021 with a focus on the lightweight division, with its main and co-main events putting some of the promotion’s best on display.
Irishman Conor McGregor makes his return to the Octagon against Dustin Poirier, while former Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler gets his first UFC match up against #6 ranked Dan Hooker.
The fight card is as follows:
Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor, Lightweight
Dan Hooker vs Michael Chandler, Lightweight
Jessica Eye vs Joanne Calderwood, Women’s Strawweight
Cynthia Calvillo vs Lauren Murphy, Women’s Flyweight
Khalil Rountree Jr. vs Marcin Prachino, Light Heavyweight
Marina Rodriguez vs Amanda Ribas, Women’s Strawweight
Brad Tavares vs Antonio Carlos Jr, Middleweight
Matt Frevola vs Ottman Azaitar, Lightweight
Andrew Sanchez vs Makhmud Muradov, Middleweight
Umar Nurmagomedov vs Sergey Morozov, Lightweight
Nik Lentz vs Movsar Evloev, Featherweight
*Fight schedule subject to change
UFC 257 Betting Tips
Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor
The Notorious one comes in as a 2/5 favourite ahead of the bout against Poirier, and its hard to argue against that.
McGregor previously beat Poirier at featherweight back in 2014 at UFC 178, but this is likely to be a completely different match-up at a more natural weight for the pair.
Since that defeat, Poirier himself has only lost two fights, one of which was against Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. He is 5-1 in his last six fights, picking up impressive wins against Eddie Alverez, Max Holloway, Justin Gaethje and Dan Hooker.
Poirier clearly has an edge in his wrestling and ground game and if he can get McGregor to the mat here, he might just be able to wear the Irishman down. McGregor himself is known for running out of gas in the later rounds, so this could be a strategy Poirier aims to implement.
However, it’s hard to bet against McGregor as he looked phenomenal in a 40-second victory against Cowboy, Donald Cerrone, last year. Even though the competition is vastly improved in this bout, McGregor is one of the best strikers in UFC history and appears to be highly motivated in reclaiming his UFC gold, considering the news of Khabib’s apparent retirement.
McGregor has the finishing power that can be unleashed in a blink of an eye, and Poirier has felt this once before. We think McGregor will once again have too much for Poirier.
🥊 Tip: Conor McGregor to Win 2/5 🥊
All ready for fight night ahead of UFC 257?