Poirier vs Mcgregor II: Early Odds and Predictions

Poirier vs Mcgregor II

  • Former two-division champion Conor McGregor and former interim champion Dustin Poirier have agreed to bout scheduled to headline UFC 257, expected to take place on Fight Island
  • The two haven’t fought each other since their 2014 featherweight bout
  • Despite the lightweight title seemingly becoming vacant after the retirement of champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, the UFC has stated that this fight will not be for the lightweight championship

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UFC 257: Poirier vs McGregor II

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Poirier vs McGregor II Information
WhatUFC 257: Poirier vs McGregor II
WhereTBD (Expected to be Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi)
WhenSaturday, January 23, 10 PM
How to watchUFC Fight Pass, PPV, Watch on ESPN+ here!

The Deal Is Done; Bout Agreement Has Been Signed

The long-awaited return of Conor McGregor is now official as the UFC have announced that he has signed his half of the bout agreement to take on Dustin Poirier. The fight is set to be the main event of UFC 257 – the promotion’s first pay-per-view of 2021. It will mark McGregor’s first octagon appearance since he defeated Donald Cerrone in January 2020.

After much speculation around the MMA world regarding this rematch, things first became serious when Dustin Poirier announced that he had signed his bout agreement in early November. At the time, McGregor had only verbally agreed to the fight.

But now it is official: Conor McGregor has signed his half of the agreement.

A Featherweight Rematch at 155-lbs

Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor have fought once before in the UFC back when they were both featherweight contenders.

Their first fight took place on September 27, 2014, at UFC 178. Both were rising stars yet neither had held a UFC championship by that time. It was McGregor who would come out on top in this bout, earning a TKO victory over Poirier at 1:46 of the first round.

McGregor would go on to beat Dennis Siver and then Chad Mendes for the interim featherweight title before his now-infamous 13-second knockout victory over undisputed champion Jose Aldo. He would never go on to defend the featherweight crown, opting to fight Nate Diaz twice at welterweight and then challenge for the lightweight title against Eddie Alvarez. The rest, as they say, is history.

Following his loss to McGregor, Dustin Poirier would immediately make the move up to the lightweight division. He would win four straight fights before losing to Michael Johnson. He rebounded from the loss with five more wins and by earning himself the interim lightweight championship. He would lose to Khabib in their UFC 242 main event last year. He most recently fought and defeated Dan Hooker this past summer.

What’s at Stake in 2021?

A lot has happened in the world of combat sports and to these two fighters since they last shared an octagon. Both have been champions and both are considered pound-for-pound bests in the UFC.

Both have gained extreme amounts of experience since they last fought. Conor McGregor earned experience in three different UFC weight classes, earned two titles, and even fought in one of the biggest sports spectacles of all time: The Money Fight boxing match against Floyd Mayweather.

Dustin Poirier climbed the lightweight rankings to become one of the most respected fighters in the organization by both his peers and pundits. He earned UFC gold along with six Fight of the Night bonuses since the 2014 bout.

The State of the UFC Lightweight Division

At the time of writing, it is uncertain as to whether the UFC lightweight division has a champion or not – as strange as that may sound.

Undisputed champion Khabib Nurmagomedov seemingly retired from the sport of mixed martial arts following his title defense against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 this past October. The champion left his gloves in the octagon and announced that he had made a promise to his mother, following the death of his father, that the Gaethje fight would be his last. He left the octagon with a professional record of 29-0.

So the title was vacated. Or so many thought. However, one person who doesn’t seem to believe that Khabib is truly finished in the sport is UFC President Dana White. White has been quite vocal about his belief that Khabib would return to the octagon in an attempt to achieve a 30-0 record.

Following last week’s UFC event in Vegas, Dana White told the media about him and Khabib, “We’re gonna meet in Abu Dhabi…I’ll let you know when you need to know.”

Khabib himself has also left people speculating as to whether he is officially retired or not as he has mentioned via Instagram that he has been having ongoing conversations with the promotion’s president. He also stated that he is still in the USADA testing pool. However, the “former” lightweight champion has also expressed a disinterest in returning to fight either McGregor or Poirier, stating that he has already “choked out” both of them.

With all of that said, it is uncertain if the main event of UFC 257 between Poirier and McGregor would have interim title or number-one contender implications.

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