McGregor takes on his first UFC struggle in over a 12 months on Jan. 23.

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Conor McGregor is again! After combating as soon as final 12 months — primarily on account of COVID-19 — McGregor will enter the Octagon at UFC 257, in opposition to elite light-weight contender Dustin Poirier.

With present UFC light-weight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov all however formally retired, this contest is seen by many as a title eliminator. Most probably the winner will struggle for the belt later down the monitor in 2021, probably in opposition to Charles Oliveira. Relying on how talks between Nurmagomedov and UFC President Dana White go over the subsequent week or so, there’s an opportunity White lets Poirier and McGregor skip the queue, making this contest for the belt. 

The struggle takes place on the UFC’s Battle Island in Abu Dhabi.

This is not the primary time this struggle has taken place. McGregor defeated Poirier comfortably the final time they fought over six years in the past at UFC 178, however Poirier has improved dramatically since then. He defeated Max Holloway for the UFC interim light-weight championship, and put up an honest displaying in opposition to Nurmagomedov, the present light-weight king. The undefeated Nurmagomedov additionally defeated McGregor in 2018.

Regardless of Poirier’s enhancements, most oddsmakers have McGregor as a transparent favourite on this bout. His destruction of Donald Cerrone in 2020, mixed with the type matchup, has most individuals seeing this as a positive struggle for McGregor. Poirier is primarily a boxer and McGregor continues to be the sharpest striker at 155 kilos. 

McGregor additionally seems to be in phenomenal form and, by most stories, is as motivated as he is been since his legendary first run at featherweight. We might be in for one thing particular with this efficiency. McGregor has predicted he’ll win this struggle inside 60 seconds.

Personally, I am a giant fan of the UFC’s Contained in the Octagon sequence, which breaks down the match-up. The McGregor vs Poirier one is already on-line.

However exterior of the blockbuster foremost occasion, UFC 257 runs deep. Michael Chandler is making his UFC debut in opposition to struggle of the night time machine Dan Hooker in a compelling co-main occasion and the undercard is dotted with names like Joanne Calderwood and Shane Burgos. There’s numerous nice matchups in there.

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Press conferenceConor McGregor is well-known for his outlandish performances throughout UFC press conferences, and now we all know that convention will happen this coming Thursday. You will not need to miss this.

The UFC has introduced {that a} press convention for UFC 257 that includes Conor McGregor, Dustin Poirier, Dan Hooker, Michael Chandler and Dana White will happen on Thursday.

— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) January 15, 2021

The press convention will characteristic Conor McGregor alongside his opponent Dustin Poirier. Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler from the co-main occasion may also characteristic. Dana White may also be on the occasion. 

This is the precise timing…

USThe press convention takes place at

Noon EST on Thursday, January 21.9am PST on Thursday, January 21.UK5pm on Thursday, January 21.

Australia4am on Friday, January 22.

You can watch it reside on the UFC’s official YouTube channel. The UFC can also be making it accessible on its social media channels and on its homepage. We’ll additionally embed the livestream right here, so you possibly can watch it reside on this very web page.

Find out how to watch UFC 257This 12 months the UFC entered into a brand new partnership with ESPN. That is nice information for the UFC and the growth of the game of MMA, however dangerous information for client alternative. Particularly for those who’re one of many UFC followers who need to watch UFC reside within the US.

It is price noting, nonetheless, that the UFC has elevated the value of PPVs beginning with UFC 257.

Within the US, if you wish to know how you can watch UFC 257, you will solely discover the struggle night time on PPV by way of ESPN Plus. The associated fee construction is a bit complicated, however listed here are the choices to observe UFC on ESPN, in response to ESPN’s web site:

Present yearly ESPN Plus subscribers can order the upcoming UFC struggle for $70. Present month-to-month ESPN Plus subscribers will be capable of both improve to an annual plan and purchase UFC PPV for $85 or buy the power to observe the UFC occasion on PPV for $70 by itself.

New ESPN Plus subscribers can purchase a bundle of 1 UFC PPV occasion (streaming in HD) and an ESPN Plus annual recurring subscription for $90. It is a first rate deal. The earlier bundle gave a saving of 25% however this new bundle is a 35% saving. The ESPN Plus annual ESPN subscription will auto-renew after one 12 months, on the worth of an ESPN Plus annual subscription on the time of auto-renewal.You are able to do the entire above on the hyperlink under.

MMA followers within the UK can watch UFC 257 completely by way of BT Sport. There are extra choices for those who reside in Australia. You may watch UFC 257 by way of Fundamental Occasion on Foxtel. You too can watch on the UFC web site or utilizing its app. You may even order utilizing your PlayStation or utilizing the UFC app in your Xbox.

Begin timeThe card isn’t finalized, however primarily based on earlier UFC occasions, that is what we count on…

USThe foremost card begins Jan. 23, 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT).The prelims begin Jan. 23, eight p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).The early prelims begin Jan. 23, 6.30 p.m. ET (3.30 p.m. PT).UKThe foremost card begins Jan. 24, Three a.m. GMT.The prelims begin Jan. 24, 1 a.m. GMT.The early prelims begin Jan 23, 11.30 p.m. GMT.AustraliaThe foremost card begins Jan. 24, 2 p.m. AEDT.The prelims begin Jan. 24, 12 p.m. AEDT.The early prelims begin Jan. 24, 10.30 a.m. AEDT.Battle CardThis one is way from finalized at this level. We’ll replace when extra fights are introduced.

Conor McGregor vs. Dustin PoirierMichael Chandler vs. Dan HookerJessica Eye vs. Joanne CalderwoodKhalil Rounree Jr vs. Marcin PrachnioMarina Rodriguez vs. Amanda RibasBrad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos JuniorMatt Frevola vs. Ottman AzaitarShane Burgos vs. Hakeem DawoduAndrew Sanchez vs. Andre Muniz