UFC 257 is just days away, meaning we’re one step closer to seeing Conor McGregor’s much anticipated return to the octagon.
McGregor will reunite with Dustin Poirier in the headline bout, a man who he beat emphatically back in 2014, taking less than two minutes to seal victory by TKO.
Both men come into the fight off the back of victories, though the Irishman has gone a full year without seeing action after announcing his ‘retirement‘ from the sport.
Yesterday’s press conference showed a huge respect between both fighters, with Poirier even revealing that the McGregor camp had made a donation to his foundation.
Poirier went the distance in an incredible fight with Dan Hooker back in June, where he came away with a unanimous decision. McGregor faced Cowboy Cerrone last January, taking just 40 seconds to mark a winning comeback.
Watch the ceremonial weigh-ins and face-offs
IT’S ON: McGregor at 155, Poirer 156
We have a fight ladies and gentlemen, both men looking in fearsome shape.
Catch up on yesterday’s UFC 257 press conference
Mystic Mac’s prediction
McGregor has called upon his ‘Mystic Mac’ moniker to predict another fast victory this weekend.
“I will knock Dustin out inside 60 seconds.” he has already proclaimed.
“I love Dustin, I think he’s a good fighter. He’s even a great fighter, you know? But great is still levels below me.”
Despite that initial prediction, McGregor talked in the presser of needing more time in the octagon, particularly given how quickly the Cowboy fight was over.
Will we see McGregor vs Khabib 2?
The former two-weight World Champion heads into the bout with a record of 22-4-0, while ‘The Diamond’ Poirier boasts 26-6-0.
Both fighters have faced recent defeats to Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is said to be debating a return to the promotion, should the division display enough to tempt him back.
The Notorious says that despite wanting the rematch with Khabib, he feels the wrestling specialist is scared of facing him again, and that there’s enough talent in the division for him to pursue other fights.
Is McGregor back for the long-term this time?
Since announcing his retirement last year, Conor has been vocal about his frustrations around not being able to build on his victory over Cowboy Cerrone.
However McGregor has since spoken about his desire to stick around this time round, even if the rematch with Nurmagomedov doesn’t materialise.
There is of course, the looming possibility of him stepping into the boxing world again, with a fight against Manny Pacquiao said to be on the cards. YouTuber Jake Paul has also called McGregor out and claims to have made a $50m offer to make it happen.
The full UFC 257 card
- Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor
- Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler
- Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood
- Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar
- Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas
- Nasrat Haqparast vs. Arman Tsarukyan
- Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
- Julianna Pena vs. Sara McMann
- Khalil Rountree Jr vs. Marcin Prachnio
- Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov
- Movsar Evloev vs. Nik Lentz
- Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
What time is the Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier fight?
Pre-fight action, including the full undercard, is set to take place from 1am UK time, on Sunday January 24.
McGregor and Poirier are expected to make their walk to the octagon at around 3am UK time.
Where can I watch UFC 257?
The fight is being broadcast exclusively on BT Sport Box Office.
The pay-per-view event, including the entire undercard will cost £19.95.
Stay tuned for more updates as the event draws closer.
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