Conor McGregor is coming out of retirement (again) to face off against Dustin Poirier (again) at UFC 257.
McGregor (22-4) first met Poirier (26-6-1) in the Octagon in 2014, securing a first-round TKO to improve his record to 16-2 at the time. That said, this will be McGregor’s first fight in over a year after securing a TKO victory over Donald Cerrone on Jan. 18, 2020. Prior to that, his last UFC match came two years earlier: a defeat via submission to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018. Will that relative time off have any effect on the fight?
Poirier has been slightly more active recently, going 2-1 in his last three fights in 2019 and ’20. Curiously, his only loss — and second-to-last fight — was also a defeat to Nurmagomedov, also via submission.
Speaking of which: There’s a slim chance Nurmagomedov could come out of retirement if he sees “something spectacular” out of McGregor or Poirier in their rematch. Something to consider as the fighters face off for the second time in the Octagon.
In all, 11 fights will take place before McGregor and Poirier face off in their rematch. With that, here’s everything you need to know to watch McGregor vs. Poirier 2, as well as the rest of the UFC 257 card:
What channel is UFC 257 on tonight?
UFC 257 will be split into early prelims, prelims and the main card. All three stages of the fight can be seen on ESPN+ and, in the case of the preliminaries, ESPN.
- UFC 257 early prelims TV channel: ESPN+
- UFC 257 prelims TV channel: ESPN, ESPN+
- UFC 257 main card channel: ESPN+
In Canada, the early prelims are on UFC Fight Pass, the prelims are on TSN and RDS, and the main card PPV can be ordered via major cable providers and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
What time does Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2 start?
Each stage of the McGregor-Poirier fight card has multiple fights, so it’s uncertain when exactly the two fighters will begin their ring walks. The early preliminaries, which start at 7 p.m. ET, have two fights; the prelims, which start at 8 p.m. ET, have four; the main card, which starts at 10 p.m. ET, has five (not including McGregor vs. Poirier). With that in mind, it’s likely the two won’t begin their rematch till midnight or later.
Here are the start times for the early prelims, preliminaries and main card at UFC 257:
- Date: Saturday, Jan. 23
- Early prelims: 7 p.m. ET
- Prelims: 8 p.m. ET
- Main card: 10 p.m. ET
- Live stream: ESPN+
How much does UFC 257 cost on PPV?
The main card is available to stream on ESPN+ for the pay-per-view cost of $69.99 for current subscribers. ESPN is also offering a bundle of $89.98 for new subscribers, which includes the fight and a year’s subscription to the streaming service — a savings offer of 30 percent.
Earlier fights are available for free on ESPN+ though, in the case of the early prelims, fans will need access to UFC Fight Pass. The preliminaries will also be available on ESPN.
UFC 257 fight card
- Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier (lightweight)
- Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler (lightweight)
- Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood (women’s flyweight)
- Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar (lightweight)
- Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas (women’s strawweight)
- Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov (middleweight)
- Nasrat Haqparast vs. Arman Tsarukyan (lightweight)
- Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior (middleweight)
- Julianna Pena vs. Sara McMann (women’s bantamweight)
- Khalil Rountree Jr vs. Marcin Prachnio (light heavyweight)
- Movsar Evloev vs. Nik Lentz (catchweight)
- Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (flyweight)