The extremely anticipated return of Conor McGregor is ready to happen Saturday evening (Sunday morning native time) when the previous two-division champion meets previous rival Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 on Struggle Island in Abu Dhabi.
Rather a lot has modified since McGregor stopped Poirier within the first spherical greater than six years in the past at UFC 178. McGregor turned the largest star within the UFC whereas additionally turning into the primary fighter to carry world titles in two divisions concurrently. Poirier, in the meantime, constructed himself again up with marquee wins over Eddie Alvarez, Max Holloway, Dan Hooker and Justin Gaethje whereas additionally claiming the interim UFC light-weight title.
Except for their accomplishments, each McGregor and Poirier have seen their lives change outdoors the Octagon. Each have develop into fathers and are actually combating for extra than simply themselves.
Not like their first assembly, there was no dangerous blood; McGregor seems to have put his controversial previous behind him and can enter the Octagon as a competitor who has seemingly discovered a brand new motive for combating. Poirier made the error of permitting McGregor to get into his head earlier than their first struggle; this time, a seasoned and mature fighter will stand throughout the cage from the game’s largest star as he makes an attempt to stake his declare as the most effective light-weight on the planet
There’s a lot at stake on this struggle as Khabib Nurmagomedov stays retired. The winner will definitely be close to the entrance of the road for a title alternative whereas the loser will fall to the again of the pack.
The co-main occasion options one other pair of lightweights who’re jockeying for place within the title image. Michael Chandler will make his UFC debut in opposition to the battle-tested Dan Hooker. Chandler arrives after a stint in Bellator, the place he’s well known as one of many biggest fighters ever in that group. Can he show that he is worthy of getting his title among the many finest within the UFC, too, or will Hooker flip again the problem?
Sporting Information is monitoring dwell struggle updates and highlights from Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2. Observe under for full outcomes from UFC 257’s fundamental occasion and undercard.
Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier dwell updates, highlights from UFC 257
Michael Chandler squashes Dan Hooker in UFC debut.
Spherical 1 (12:10 a.m.): Chandler begins by pressuring Hooker. Not an entire lot taking place within the first minute. Leg kicks by Hooker as Chandler continues to chase. Chandler with a proper hand. One other leg kick hurts Chandler. Chandler smashes Hooker with a left hand! Hooker is in bother! Chandler pounces and this one is OVER!
11:48 p.m.: Up subsequent is Michael Chandler’s UFC debut in opposition to Dan Hooker. That is actually no simple process for Chandler as Hooker is coming off of a Struggle of the Yr contender in opposition to Dustin Poirier.
Joanne Calderwood outstrikes Jessica Eye for choice
11:44 p.m: After three rounds, it appears to be like like Calderwood will take the choice as she was the sharper and extra constant striker all through the struggle. She discovered a approach to all the time land an additional strike on the break and neutralized Eye’s advances. However we’ll see how the judges have it.
11:31 p.m.: We’re just one spherical in however Eye and Calderwood are pushing a frantic tempo with an infinite barrage of punches and kicks coming from either side. This one is shaping as much as be an excellent one.
11:15 p.m.: Jessica Eye goals to climb again into title competition however has to face Joanne Calderwood, who has expressed simply how a lot she would not like Eye. Calderwood is coming off of a submission loss to Jennifer Maia whereas Eye appears to be like to sure again after a choice loss to Cynthia Calvillo final June.
Makhmud Muradov finishes Andrew Sanchez within the third spherical
11:12 p.m.: Makhmud Muradov collected one other third-round end by stopping Andrew Sanchez. Muradov was quicker, stronger and extra persistent all through the struggle. Sanchez was in bother early as Muradov scored with quite a few calf kicks. As soon as he had Sanchez slowed down, he started selecting him off with punches. He solely gained momentum because the struggle progressed and was in a full rhythm coming into the ultimate body. Sanchez landed a proper hand however walked proper into an overhand proper that shook him up. With Sanchez unable to seek out his equilibrium, Muradov hunted him down with punches and kicks till the referee referred to as it off.
10:47 p.m.: Up subsequent is TUF 23 winner Andrew Sanchez as he faces Makhmud Muradov in middleweight motion.
Marina Rodriguez stops Amanda Ribas within the second
10:34 p.m.: After being planted on her again for a lot of the primary spherical, Marina Rodriguez made positive that she would not take her place on the canvas within the second body. With a definite putting benefit, Rodriguez saved her distance and smashed Ribas with a proper hand that despatched her to the bottom. Rodriguez pounced and it appeared that referee Herb Dean had stopped the struggle. He did not and Rodriguez wanted to step again in and end what she began. She did simply that with a brutal straight proper that ended issues as soon as and for all.
10:14 p.m.: We’re kicking off the principle card with Marina Rodriguez taking over Amanda Ribas in strawweight motion. However, earlier than we get into that struggle, drones have flooded the world!
10:00 p.m.: Tsarukyan was merely an excessive amount of for Frevola as his grappling and wrestling neutralized his opponent from the outset. 10 takedown makes an attempt proved to be an excessive amount of as Tsarukyan earned the unanimous choice. Tsarukyan goes to be an issue within the division. We’re headed towards the principle card!
9:41 p.m.: The ultimate struggle on the televised prelims is up subsequent and takes place underneath curious circumstances. Matt Frevola takes on Arman Tsarukyan in a catchweight bout. Frevola was initially set to tackle Ottman Azaitar till Azaitar was faraway from the cardboard, and the UFC, for violating COVID-19 security protocols after making an attempt to sneak a teammate into his resort room in Abu Dhabi. It was absurd and value Azaitar his UFC profession. Luckily for Frevola, Tsarukyan wanted an opponent after Nasrat Haqparast was eliminated resulting from sickness. And right here we’re.
9:37 p.m.: Brad Tavares earned a choice over Antonio Carlos Junior in middleweight motion. The takedown protection from Tavares was spectacular as he prevented “Shoeface” from bringing the struggle to the canvas. He additionally showcased some stable counterstriking. That efficiency is a begin for Tavares as he makes an attempt to work his method up the middleweight ladder.
9:01 p.m.: Simply once you thought we have been heading to a different choice, Pena managed to get McMann’s again within the last spherical and cinch in a rear-naked choke to earn the submission victory. It is a win that Pena wanted to finish a skid as she tries to work her method again into title competition. One of the best half was that Pena referred to as out Amanda Nunes and accused the champion of “ducking” her. Fascinating.
8:45 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting Information’ protection of UFC 257: McGregor vs. Poirier 2. As we proceed by the prelims, we’ve got had a stretch of three consecutive selections. Sara McMann and Julianna Pena are up now. Will this struggle even be determined by the judges or will Pena or McMann take it out of their palms.
McGregor vs. Poirier 2 begin time
- Early prelims: 6:30 p.m. ET
- Prelims: 8 p.m. ET
- Primary card: 10 p.m. ET
- Dwell stream: ESPN+
The primary card of UFC 257 is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. ET, following the early prelims (6:30 p.m. ET) and preliminaries (8 p.m. ET).
How one can watch McGregor vs. Poirier 2 on PPV
- UFC 257 early prelims TV channel: ESPN+, UFC FIght Go
- UFC 257 prelims TV channel: ESPN+, ESPN 2
- UFC 257 fundamental card channel: ESPN+ (pay-per-view)
The early prelims and preliminaries at UFC 257 are free to look at on ESPN+ for individuals who are already subscribed to the streaming service. The pay-per-view portion (i.e., the principle card) may be bought for $69.99. New subscribers pays a bundle value of $89.99, which incorporates the struggle and an annual subscription to ESPN+.
UFC 257 struggle card
- Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier; lightweights
- Michael Chandler def. Dan Hooker by way of 1st spherical TKO (2:30)
- Joanne Calderwood def. Jessica Eye by way of unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27 & 29-28)
- Marina Rodriguez def. Amanda Ribas by way of 2nd spherical TKO (:54)
- Makhmud Muradov def. Andrew Sanchez by way of third spherical TKO (2:59)
- Arman Tsarukyan def. Matt Frevola by way of unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27 & 30-26)
- Brad Tavares def. Antonio Carlos Junior by way of unanimous choice (30-27, 30-27 & 29-28)
- Julianna Pena def. Sara McMann by way of third spherical submission (3:39)
- Marcin Prachnio def. Khalil Rountree Jr. by way of unanimous choice (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28)
- Movsar Evloev def. Nik Lentz by way of cut up choice (29-28, 29-28 & 28-29)
- Amir Albazi def. Zhalgas Zhumagulov by way of unanimous choice (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28)