It's January 2021, which will look a lot like January 2020 as the UFC will once again kick off its pay-per-view calendar with Irish superstar Conor McGregor making a return to the Octagon. The former featherweight and lightweight champion makes yet another comeback on Saturday night as he squares off with Dustin Poirier in a rematch taking place in the lightweight showdown.
In their first meeting back in 2014, McGregor took less than two minutes to score a TKO victory. That fight took place at featherweight, but Poirier has come into his own as a lightweight, including a brief run as interim champion after a dominant win over Max Holloway. Poirier has gone on a 10-2 run since the loss to McGregor with one loss coming to Khabib Nurmagomedov, arguably the most dominant fighter in UFC history.
He bounced back from that defeat with a fight of the year contender against Dan Hooker last June to remind everyone just how deep the 155-pound division can be. McGregor, meanwhile, returned from his own extended absence last January with a quick TKO over Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone at welterweight. McGregor, in fact, has only competed at 155 pounds in UFC twice.
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There's more to this card than just the main event. Another important lightweight contest is set for the co-main event when former Bellator MMA champion Michael Chandler takes on Dan Hooker. With questions surrounding current champ Khabib Nurmagomedov -- although he has been vehement in his decision to stay retired after the death of his father -- a win for either in this spot could put them into a spot to fight for the title next. Plus, rising strawweight Amanda Ribas is back to kick off the PPV card when she takes on Marina Rodriguez.
UFC 257 takes place on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi and will stream exclusively on ESPN+ pay-per-view. Here's a look at the complete fight card with the latest odds from William Hill Sportsbook.
UFC 257 fight card, odds
- Conor McGregor -340 vs. Dustin Poirier +270, lightweights
- Dan Hooker -135 vs. Michael Chandler +115, lightweights
- Joanne Calderwood -120 vs. Jessica Eye +100, women's flyweights
- Ottman Azaitar -155 vs. Matt Frevola +130, lightweights
- Amanda Ribas -330 vs. Marina Rodriguez +260, women's strawweights
- Arman Tsarukyan -300 vs. Nasrat Haqparast +240, lightweights
- Brad Tavares -130 vs. Antonio Carlos Junior +110, middleweights
- Sara McMann -130 vs. Julianna Pena +110, women's bantamweights
- Khalil Rountree -330 vs. Marcin Prachnio +260, light heavyweights
- Makhmud Muradov -140 vs. Andrew Sanchez +120, middleweights
- Movsar Evloev -575 vs. Nik Lentz +425, featherweights
- Zhalgas Zhumagulov -110 vs. Amir Albazi -110, flyweights
UFC 257 info
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 23
- Location: Flash Forum -- Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
- Start time: 10 p.m. ET (Main card)
- How to watch: ESPN+ PPV | Price: $64.99 (new ESPN+ subscribers) or $59.99 (existing subscribers)
UFC 257 countdown
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