Conor McGregor will be back under the lights this weekend at UFC 257 as he takes on old rival Dustin Poirier again.
McGregor returns to the Octagon for the first time in a year to rematch Poirier, despite announcing his retirement for the third time in 2020.
Poirier and McGregor face off ahead of their UFC 257 showdownGetty Images – Getty
‘The Notorious’ breezed past Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone last January in just 40 seconds in his comeback bout following his dramatic defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.
Poirier also lost to Khabib, in 2019, but has claimed a number of fine wins since his defeat to McGregor in their first meeting in 2014 and is a much-improved fighter now.
McGregor vs Poirier: Date and start time
This fight is set to headline UFC 257 on Saturday, January 23
It take place at the Etihad Arena on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi with 2,000 fans in attendance
The early prelims start from 11.30pm UK time on Saturday, the prelims 1am and then the main card from 3am
McGregor and Poirier are set to take to the ring at around 5am on Sunday morning UK time
McGregor vs Poirier: TV and live stream
This event will be pay-per-view in the UK and is being shown on BT Sport Box Office
Box office coverage starts from 1am on Sunday morning
It will cost £19.95 and can be purchased through the BT Player, on BT Sport’s website or their app
The prelims are available to watch for free on BT Sport 1 from 1am-3am via this live stream or on the BT Sport app
In the US, the event will be live on ESPN+.
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McGregor vs Poirier: What has been said?
McGregor has vowed to put on a show when he finally gets back inside the octagon, tweeting in early January: “I promise a masterpiece,” while adding he will make light work of his lightweight opponent, predicting it will be over in 60 seconds.
And if McGregor puts on a show and is ultimately successful, then a rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov could be next.
“You can say whatever you want, but Conor McGregor vs Khabib is a massive fight,” UFC president Dana White said.
“And if Conor wins in spectacular fashion, it would be harder to say he doesn’t deserve the shot.”
Poirier, though, is a different man to the one he faced six years ago.
“I don’t know how that plays out now in the fight, but it’s definitely interesting,” White commented.
“You can’t look at the first fight and go, ‘Oh, this is exactly the way that’s gonna go again.’ Because it won’t.”
Conor McGregor first fought Dustin Poirier at UFC 178 in 2014Getty Images – Getty
McGregor vs Poirier: What is the purse?
Former two-weight champion McGregor is the highest-paid fighter in UFC history.
He banked more than £23million for his first-round knockout win over Donald Cerrone in January.
And he’s expected to take home the lion’s share of the purse against Poirier.
The purse for the upcoming bout is not yet known but is thought to be around £10m and Mac has vowed to donate a chunk of it to charity.
McGregor v Poirier: Fight card
MAIN EVENT: Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier, Lightweight
Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler, Lightweight
Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood, Women’s Flyweight
Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar, Lightweight
Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas, Women’s Strawweight
Nasrat Haqparast vs. Arman Tsarukyan, Lightweight
Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior, Middleweight
Julianna Pena vs. Sara McMann, Women’s Bantamweight
Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Marcin Prachnio, Light Heavyweight
Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov, Middleweight
Movsar Evloev vs. Nik Lentz, Catchweight
Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov, Flyweight
McGregor v Poirier: Latest odds
Conor McGregor: 4/11
Dustin Poirier: 9/4
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McGregor v Poirier: Tale of the tape
Conor McGregor – Dustin Poirier
Age: 32 – 31
Nationality: Irish – American
Height: 5ft 9 (175cm) – 5ft 9 (175cm)
Weight: 170lb (77kg) – 155lb (70kg)
Reach: 74 in (188 cm) – 72 in (183 cm)
Record: 22/4 – 26/6
Knockouts/Submissions: 20 – 19
Last fight: Beat Donald Cerrone – Beat Dan Hooker