Poirier vs. McGregor 2. UFC 257 will be headlined by a tremendous rematch between former interim lightweight champion and #2 ranked contender Dustin Poirier and former two-division champion and #4 Conor McGregor.
The co-main event will also be a lightweight thriller as #6 contender Dan Hooker gives Michael Chandler a long-awaited welcome to UFC. Also on the main card, Women’s flyweight contenders collide when No. 6 ranked Jessica Eye squares off with No. 7 Joanne Calderwood. Plus, exciting lightweights meet when Matt Frevola faces undefeated Ottman Azaitar, while No. 8 ranked women’s flyweight contender Marina Rodriguez faces surging No. 9 Amanda Ribas.
In the preliminary card, the likes of Nasrat Haqparast, Arman Tsarukyan, Brad Tavares, Antonio Carlos Junior, Julianna Pena, Sara McMann, Khalil Rountree Jr., Marcin Prachnio, Andrew Sanchez, Movsar Evloev and Nik Lentz in action. For the second year in a row, Conor McGregor headlines the first pay-per-view card of the year, but this time around, the former “Champ-Champ” will be operating out of the blue corner, with Dustin Poirier making the walk last and taking up residence in the red corner.
Poirier got back into the win column in 2020, partnering with Dan Hooker to author one of the best fights of the year, which saw “The Diamond” use his superior conditioning and experience to edge out the game New Zealand native in the tightly contested five-round affair. Now 10-2 with one no contest since returning to the lightweight ranks, Poirier has been one of the absolute best fighters on the planet over the last three years, and would cement his standing as such with a victory on Saturday.
McGregor had plans on fighting multiple times last year, but after a quick, clean performance against Donald Cerrone at UFC 246, the Irishman remained on the sidelines for the remainder of the year.
This will be his first lightweight appearance since claiming the title at UFC 205, and just his fifth Octagon appearance since the start of 2016, so it will be interesting to see if the first fighter to hold championship gold in two weight classes simultaneously will waltz right back into the cage and reclaim a place in the title mix on Saturday night.