UFC 257: Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor- Prediction and Analysis

Joanna Estrada
January 24, 2021

It's a massive week for the lightweight division, as UFC president Dana White has teased that Nurmagomedov, who announced his retirement after submitting Justin Gaethje in October, could return for one more fight if any of the four top lightweights on the card is impressive enough.

McGregor is facing a lawsuit from a woman who claimed the UFC fighter raped her in 2018, The New York Times reported Wednesday. Unfortunately, life got in the way. Fortunately, that's all about to change with a fight that could open some big doors.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - A nontitle UFC lightweight rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier is official for UFC 257 on Saturday, as both fighters successfully made weight during Friday's weigh-in.

Also, world heavyweight boxing champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury as free fighters until February 8 via Microsoft and Sony digital stores. They weren't even the main event. Poirier is also on a five-man shortlist of fighters to face Khabib, who for now remains retired following his win over Gaethje late a year ago.

He said: 'Dustin has put on an incredible run since our last fight. In addition, there's a possibility that some big opportunities could be ahead for whoever wins. It was the fourth UFC fight for McGregor and the 11th for Poirier. As we saw in his last fight Poirier tends to get stronger as the fight progresses and is more than capable of outlasting elite level lightweights over five rounds.

Of course, when it comes to McGregor, there's always the lingering question of what he really wants. That led to him starting the Good Fight Foundation to support a number of other local causes, using souvenirs to raise money. He lost his first professional fight after being overwhelmed in the 10th round as Mayweather moved to 50-0.

"I would make the case that if that man (Khabib) is continuing to dodge this and dodge the commitment of competing again, then the title should be stripped". Dana White, however, has been very insistent that won't happen, but ultimately, McGregor is going to do what McGregor wants to do. "I'll knock Dustin out inside 60 seconds".

McGregor is not giving too much thought to a rematch and is instead focusing on his second meeting with Poirier, whom he beat at featherweight during his meteoric rise. He's had some tremendous wins and produced some all-time highlights during his UFC career, but his two biggest recent fights against Mayweather and Nurmagomedov were both losses.

With UFC 257 fast approaching, Express Sport has consulted the Betfair Exchange for some predictions.

There will be a UFC debut for former Bellator champion Michael Chandler.

However, there are plenty of exciting fights on the card to keep fans entertained.

Let me be clear: these are not the best fighters in MMA. Fortunately, the pay per view is already available for preorder.

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