Conor McGregor is back under the lights tonight as he does battle with Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 on Fight Island.
McGregor returns to the Octagon for the first time in 12 months to face old rival 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 was also beaten by Khabib, in 2019, but has claimed a number of fine wins since his loss to McGregor in their first meeting in 2014 and is a much-improved fighter now as they prepare to meet at lightweight.
It’s the not the only big showdown on the card either with Dan Hooker vs Michael Chandler – the former Bellator star making hs UFC debut – the co-main event.
McGregor vs Poirier: Date and start time
This fight is set to headline UFC 257 on Saturday, January 23
It will 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 at 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 and Poirier shook hands at their pre-fight press conference and then had some very kind words to say about each other.
McGregor said: “I’ve been highly impressed, I think the whole business has been highly impressed, after that loss many, many years ago, he rose up became champion and has given so much back.
“I am honoured to share the octagon with this man. I know we have this competitive fire, and it’s still there, there’s no denying that and it’s going to be a good fireworks filled bout but the respect is admirable for this man from me.”
Poirier said: “I don’t want to seem like we are up here giving each other back massages but I just wanted to clear the air.
“Conor’s team, McGregor Sports Entertainment did reach out to my foundation and they are starting the donation to the good fight foundation and we have huge plans for that.
“So Conor, man to man, you are going to help a lot of people with that.”
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 thought to be around £10m and Mac has vowed to donate a chunk of it to charity.
McGregor v Poirier: Fight card
Main Card – from 3am Sunday in UK/7am local time
MAIN EVENT: Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier, Lightweight
CO-MAIN EVENT: 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 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
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: Latest odds
Conor McGregor: 3/10
Dustin Poirier: 5/2
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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