Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will meet once again tonight as their Fight Island blockbuster kicks off 2021’s MMA action in style.
The UFC returns in the glamorous settings of Abu Dhabi for three exciting shows, culminating in McGregor v Poirier 2 at UFC 257 in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Conor McGregor will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon at UFC 257 this weekendGetty Images – Getty
Max Holloway destroyed Calvin Kattar last weekend in the first UFC event of the new year while Michael Chiesa beat Neil Magny in a special midweek show on Wednesday evening.
Now, it’s time for the big one as McGregor makes his long-awaited return to the octagon.
McGregor beat Poirier at UFC 178 in September 2014 but both fighters have been through a lot since then.
They are now ready to go at it once more in what promises to be a thriller in the Middle East.
McGregor v Poirier: How to watch
This fight is set to headline UFC 257 on Saturday, January 23 and will take place at the Etihad Arena on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
For UK fight fans, the main event will take place in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The action is set to get underway at 11pm on Saturday night before McGregor and Poirier take to the ring at around 5am.
It will be shown on pay-per-view TV in the UK and is on BT Sport Box Office. Their coverage will begin at 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. It will be shown on BT TV, Sky and Virgin.
The show can also be purchased and then live streamed on mobile devices with the BT Sport Box Office app for iOS and Android.
Previews will air on BT Sport 1 from 11pm on Saturday and the prelims will be live on the same channel from 1am until 3am. BT Sport customers can watch these at no additional cost.
EE mobile customers can watch the prelims for free by getting a three-month trial of BT Sport by texting SPORT to 150. You can then cancel the trial at any time.
Conor McGregor beat Dustin Poirier at UFC 178 in September 2014Getty Images – Getty
McGregor v Poirier: On talkSPORT
talkSPORT.com are running a live blog from Fight Island for all the latest news, round-by-round updates and reaction to UFC 257.
We will also bring you all the build-up from Abu Dhabi throughout the week for the best pre and post-fight coverage.
talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 will have updates throughout the weekend as well.
McGregor v Poirier: Fight card
Main Card – from 3am Sunday in UK/7am local time
MAIN EVENT: Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier, Lightweight
Dan Hooker vs Michael Chandler, Lightweight
Jessica Eye vs Joanne Calderwood, Women’s Flyweight
Andrew Sanchez vs Makhmud Muradov, Middleweight
Marina Rodriguez vs Amanda Ribas, Women’s Strawweight
Prelims – from 1am Sunday in UK/5am local time
Matt Frevola vs Ottman Azaitar, Lightweight
Brad Tavares vs Antonio Carlos Junior, Middleweight
Julianna Pena vs Sara McMann, Women’s Bantamweight
Khalil Rountree Jr. vs Marcin Prachnio, Light Heavyweight
Early prelims – from 11.30pm Saturday in UK/3.30am Sunday local time
Movsar Evloev vs Nik Lentz, Catchweight
Amir Albazi vs Zhalgas Zhumagulov, Flyweight
McGregor v Poirier: What has been said?
Conor McGregor has been looking relaxed and ready to go at UFC 257.
He’s been humble and fulsome in his praise of opponent Dustin Poirier, and insists he still has the hunger and drive to be at the top of the sport.
“I’m just an insanely-driven young man,” he said.
“I feel like I’m only starting.
“All the money, all the belts, everything, that comes and that goes. You know what lives on? Highlights.
“I want my highlights to be like a movie. So I can sit with my son as an old man and watch.
“Please don’t be trying to get rid of me guys, I love it here.”
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
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