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Former UFC featherweight and light-weight champion Conor McGregor is returning to the octagon to face #2 ranked light-weight Dustin Poirier in the primary occasion of UFC 257 on January 23.
McGregor has fought simply twice since 2016, dropping the light-weight championship to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018 and scoring a primary spherical knockout in opposition to welterweight Donald Cerrone in January 2020. The UFC star has flirted with retirement however mentioned he was “grateful” for his newest UFC reserving.
McGregor beat Poirier with a primary spherical knockout of their final assembly at UFC 178 in 2014, when each fighters had been within the lighter featherweight class. Poirier has posted a powerful 8-2 report since that match, together with a brief reign as UFC’s interim light-weight champion.
McGregor vs. Poirier may have lasting implications on UFC’s light-weight division — reigning champion Nurmagomedov introduced his personal retirement after defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, leaving the championship belt open for the taking. Gaethje stays the division’s high ranked fighter, however misplaced a head-to-head match with Poirier in 2018. The winner of UFC 257 might face Gaethje in a title struggle for the vacant light-weight championship.
UFC 257 can be held on the UFC Fight Island campus on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Followers won’t be allowed to attend as a result of coronavirus pandemic, however the venue makes it simpler for UFC to host worldwide fighters and safely quarantine workers. A complete of three occasions can be held at UFC Battle Island in January.
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Early Prelims — 6:15 p.m. ET, 3:15 p.m. PT on UFC Battle Move
- Andrew Sanchez versus Makhmud Muradov [Middleweight]
- Nik Lentz versus Movsar Evloev [Catchweight]
- Amir Albazi versus Zhalgas Zhumagulov [Flyweight]
Prelims — Eight p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN
- Khalil Rountree Jr. versus Marcin Prachnio [Light Heavyweight]
- Julianna Peña vs Sara McMann [Women’s Bantamweight]
- Brad Tavares versus Antonio Carlos Junior [Middleweight]
- Arman Tsarukyan versus Nasrat Haqparast [Lightweight]
Essential Card — 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ for $69.99
- Marina Rodriguez versus Amanda Ribas [Women’s Strawweight]
- Matt Frevola versus Ottman Azaitar [Lightweight]
- Jessica Eye versus Joanne Calderwood [Women’s Flyweight]
- Dan Hooker versus Michael Chandler [Lightweight]
- Dustin Poirier versus Conor McGregor [Lightweight]
Find out how to watch UFC 257
UFC 257 is separated into three parts: the early prelims, the prelims, and the primary card. The early prelims are solely out there to UFC Fight Pass subscribers, whereas the prelims will air on ESPN+ and the ESPN cable channel. The principle card is an ESPN+ exclusive pay-per-view event.
Which means you must subscribe to the ESPN+ streaming service earlier than you are capable of buy the primary card PPV. An ESPN+ membership prices $5.99 monthly or $59.99 per yr. The UFC 257 PPV event prices $69.99 for ESPN+ subscribers.
You may entry the ESPN+ app on all main cellular and connected TV devices, together with Amazon Fireplace, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, Roku, Samsung Good TVs, and extra.
Should you plan on signing up for ESPN+ to look at UFC 257, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of a particular discounted package deal.
New subscribers can buy a year-long ESPN+ membership with entry to UFC 257 included for a complete of $89.98. That is over 30% off the usual worth. Following your first yr of service, ESPN+ will then renew for the common annual worth of $59.99.