The Notorious is back.
After a year off from fighting, Conor McGregor returns to the octagon for UFC 257, taking on Dustin Poirer in a rematch of their 2014 bout.
You can watch the fight on ESPN+.
McGregor (22-4) hasn’t fought since Jan 18, 2020, taking down Cowboy Cerrone in a welterweight match that took just 40 seconds. His time away from the ring was eventful — sexual assault charges, engagement, a Logan Paul challenge, and another retirement proclamation — but the two-time champ has his sights set on a third time wearing the lightweight belt.
To get that, he’ll have to go through Poirier (26-6), who has earned plenty of acclaim since his first fight with McGregor, winning 10 fights in the years since against some of UFC’s top competition.
Awaiting the winner is likely a shot the belt, currently held by Khabib Nurmagomedov — though, the Russian retired on after his Oct. 24 win over Justin Gaethje. UFC president Dana White has been hesitant to vacate the title and believes UFC 257 could bring “The Eagle” back to the octagon.
Here’s all the info you need for the big fight:
Where is UFC 257 taking place?
That action will happen at the Flash Forum on Yas Island — aka, “Fight Island” — in Abu Dhabi.
When is the McGregor vs. Poirier fight?
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. Early prelims begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, prelims at 8, and the main card at 10. All fights are viewable on ESPN+.
What’s the full fight card?
Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor (Lightweight)
Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler (Lightweight)
Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood (Women’s Flyweight)
Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas (Women’s Strawweight)
Nasrat Haqparast vs. Arman Tsarukyan (Lightweight)
Brad Tavares vs. Antônio Carlos Júnior (Middleweight)
Julianna Peña vs. Sara McMann (Women’s Bantamweight)
Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Marcin Prachnio (Light Heavyweight)
EARLY PRELIMS (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass)
Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov (Middleweight)
Movsar Evloev vs. Nik Lentz (Catchweight)
Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (Flyweight)
How can I watch UFC 257?
Main card: 10 p.m. ET, on ESPN+ PPV.
It will cost new ESPN+ subscribers $64.99 while existing subscribers will pay $59.99.
Prelims: 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+
Early prelims: 6:15 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass
What are the odds for McGregor vs. Poirier and who’s favored to win?
McGregor (-300) is the favorite over Poirier (+240), via BetMGM sports book.
Is there history in the octagon between McGregor and Poirier?
It’s not the first time McGregor-Poirier has headlined a major event. The pair squared off at UFC 178 in 2014, when the Irishman was an up-and-coming star. He showed what was to come in this matchup, scoring a TKO of Poirier in just 1:46 that earned him co-Performance of the Night honors.