Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2: UFC 257 | Live stream, TV, start time, PPV price, full list of fights, betting odds, how to watch MMA 2021. It’s time for McGregor vs. Poirier 2 at Fight Island as UFC 257 brings us the biggest fight of the young year: the rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. The main event features one of the sport’s most controversial figures as he looks to regain the spotlight he walked away from when he stepped away from MMA. On the line: A shot to fight for the lightweight championship held by Khabib Nurmagomedov, who has announced retirement but not vacated his title. Saturday’s main event in Abu Dhabi is a rematch September 2014 bout at UFC 178, which was won by McGregor. Meanwhile, UFC 257 also features a highly billed matchup between Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler, who is moving over to UFC after participating in rival circuit Bellator.

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Start time: Main Card PPV starts at 10 p.m. EST | Prelims: 8 p.m. | Early Prelims: 6:30 p.m.

UFC 257 Price: Cost for the pay-per-view fight: The price to watch UFC 257 is $69.99, which is on top of the cost to access ESPN+, which is already a paid service. New subscribers can get the fight and an annual ESPN+ subscription for $89.99.

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Main card

Lightweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor
Lightweight: Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler
Women’s Flyweight: Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood
Lightweight: Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar
Women’s Strawweight: Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas

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Prelims

Lightweight: Nasrat Haqparast vs. Arman Tsarukyan
Middleweight: Brad Tavares vs. Antônio Carlos Júnior
Women’s Bantamweight: Julianna Peña vs. Sara McMann
Light Heavyweight: Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Marcin Prachnio

Undercard

Middleweight: Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov
Catchweight (150 lb): Movsar Evloev vs. Nik Lentz
Flyweight: Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov

Conor McGregor had ambitious plans for 2020. Like most everybody’s big plans last year, they were ruined by the coronavirus pandemic.

Now safely inside the UFC’s Fight Island bubble, the most popular man in combat sports is getting back to work on accomplishing everything he set out to do when he rededicated himself to fighting over a year ago.

“I feel like I’m only starting, man,” the 32-year-old McGregor said this week. “Everyone wants to say, ‘Hey, Conor, you’ve done it all! You’re so rich! You’re richer than Dana! What are you doing here?’ I want to be here. I want to perform for the fans.”

McGregor (22-4) returns at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi on Sunday for a rematch with Dustin Poirier, a fellow power puncher with a flair for dramatic finishes. The winner of this pay-per-view event airing Saturday night in North America will be one fight away from regaining the lightweight title both men have held in recent years.

UFC 257 is co-headlined by title-contending lightweights Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler, who is making his UFC debut after a decade in the rival Bellator promotion.

McGregor now struggles to conjure the trash-talking, flamboyant persona that once made him more famous than anything he had yet achieved in the octagon. Now financially secure and raising a young family, McGregor still lives a wild life at times, but it is cushioned by a growing sense of his finite time left in sports — despite his brash pronouncements of youth — and his evaluation of his legacy.

“All the money, all the belts, all that comes and that goes,” McGregor said. “You know what lives on? A fighter’s highlights. Look at Roy Jones Jr.’s highlights, Mike Tyson’s highlights. I still look at them today. Ali’s highlights. I want my highlight reel to be like a movie. That’s what I’m after. I’m looking to get in and perform and put on amazing highlights that I can sit as an old man with my son, and just watch back and just enjoy life.”

When McGregor knocked out veteran welterweight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in just 40 seconds last January, he seemed set for a ferocious return to the sport he had largely neglected for the previous three years. McGregor spoke of wanting to fight four times in 2020, culminating in another shot at lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The pandemic understandably curtailed those plans, but Nurmagomedov’s retirement after beating Justin Gaethje last fall cleared a path to regaining the lightweight belt for McGregor or Poirier. Both men already have lost to Nurmagomedov, who has sent mixed signals about his likelihood of reneging on his retirement vow.

Despite dropping 15 pounds from his last fight, McGregor appears comfortable and healthy at 155 pounds, where he has won just one fight in his career, beating Eddie Alvarez in 2016 to become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two division titles simultaneously.

McGregor and Poirier were even smaller — two up-and-coming featherweights — when they met in September 2014 in the third-billed bout at UFC 178. McGregor stopped Poirier just 1:46 into the opening round, landing a big left hook to the ear that ended the action swiftly.

Poirier (26-6) could have been crushed by the loss, particularly while he watched McGregor’s ascent. Instead, he won nine of his next 11 fights, even capturing the interim lightweight title for 4 1/2 months in 2019 with an impressive win over Max Holloway.

Poirier is among the most durable and most successful UFC fighters of his generation, ranking 10th in the promotion’s history with 18 UFC victories and seventh with 11 post-fight bonuses. A ferocious striker with a high work rate, he has six knockout victories as a lightweight.

“Every fight is a chip on my shoulder,” Poirier said. “I’m trying to prove something. The work that I put in, I’m trying to make it pay off. I’m trying to put my family in a better position, and this is no different. I know what a win over Conor McGregor means in combat sports, and I know that whoever wins this fight is fighting for gold, and that’s why I fight.”

Although McGregor and Poirier are both well-versed in the promotional tool of performative verbal sparring, they’ve been model citizens in Abu Dhabi. Both men have been unfailingly polite to each other, and McGregor’s company even made a generous donation to Poirier’s charitable foundation.

At their final news conference, Poirier laughed at the paucity of ferocity between the UFC 257 main-event fighters, saying it might seem like “we’re up here giving each other back massages.”

“I know we have this competitive fire, and it’s still there,” McGregor added. “There’s no denying that. We’re going to have a clash, and it’s going to be a good, firework-filled bout, but the respect is admirable for this man from me.

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