Tomorrow, MMA legend Conor “The Notorious” McGregor is walking back to the Octagon after announcing his retirement last June. He will face Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier in a rematch at the Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island — their first encounter since their last fight more than six years ago at UFC 178 — with this pay-per-view marking the first big UFC event of 2021. If you’re looking for a way to watch UFC 257 online, then you’ve come to the right place — ESPN+ is the exclusive gatekeeper for the UFC 257 live stream and you can save $40 on the PPV if you sign up today.
UFC 257 Date: Saturday, January 23, 2020
UFC 257 Time: 10 PM ET/7 PM PT (Main Card)
UFC 257 Location: Fight Island, United Arab Emirates
UFC 257 Arena: Etihad Arena, Fight Island
How to watch UFC 257 online in the U.S.
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UFC 257 is a big event for MMA fans. Not only is it the league’s first pay-per-view show of the year, but it also heralds the return of star fighter Conor McGregor to the Octagon. This is happening almost exactly one year after his last return at UFC 246, which followed a 15-month hiatus from the UFC after his defeat at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018. The main event is a rematch between McGregor and Dustin Poirier. Poirier is another top-ranked fighter (sitting at number two on the UFC lightweight roster), and the two faced-off before in 2014 at UFC 178. Poirier lost that fight in the first round but performed admirably before his stoppage, and with a future shot at the lightweight title on the line, fans are eager to see if The Diamond has what it takes to avenge his previous defeat.
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What you need to know before UFC 257
Conor McGregor hardly needs an introduction to UFC fans and his star power now extends well beyond the world of MMA. The Irish fighter boasts a record of 22 wins (19 by knockout) and four losses, and he has previously held the UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Championships. McGregor’s opponent, American fighter Dustin Poirier, is regarded by many as the underdog, but he’s no jobber: Ranked second on the UFC lightweight roster, The Diamond has an impressive record of 26 wins and six losses and is a former interim UFC lightweight champion.
Last January at UFC 246, fans saw the return of Conor McGregor to the Octagon after a 15-month hiatus following his 2018 defeat at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 228. Upon his 2020 return, The Notorious — who had just moved up to welterweight — handily defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a first-round knockout. Many were excited and curious to see how McGregor would fare at this heavier class against top talent like Kamaru Usman, but several months later in June, the Irish fighter announced his retirement on social media.
Given that this was the second time McGregor had declared he was retiring from MMA, many commentators, including UFC CEO Dana White, expressed doubts that the fighter would be able to resist the siren song of the Octagon. That skepticism proved to be well-founded when it was announced that The Notorious would be stepping back into the ring and returning to lightweight in a rematch against Dustin Poirier, whom McGregor had previously defeated via a first-round knockout at UFC 178 in 2014.
Dana White has said that whoever clinches the victory at UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 will be in a position to take a shot at the lightweight title, which will soon be up for grabs in the wake of champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s recent retirement. There’s a lot at stake here.
UFC 257 Fight Card
Early Prelims (6:15 PM ET/3:15 PM PT)
- Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov
- Movsar Evloev vs. Nik Lentz
- Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
Preliminary Card (8 PM ET/5 PM PT)
- Nasrat Haqparast vs. Arman Tsarukyan
- Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
- Julianna Pena vs. Sara McMann
- Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Marcin Prachnio
Main Card (10 PM ET/7 PM PT)
- Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor
- Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler
- Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood
- Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar
- Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas
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