ufc 257 Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 2 official for April 23 in Las Vegas
A UFC superfight has been made official for April 23 in Las Vegas: A rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the news Tuesday. The fight will headline the UFC’s first pay-per-view card of 2021, which takes place at Etihad Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
This will be the second meeting between McGregor and Poirier after they first faced off at UFC 178 in September 2014, when McGregor knocked out Poirier in just 106 seconds. Much has changed since then, though. Both men have gone on to become UFC champions in their respective weight classes and are now ranked in the top five at lightweight.
McGregor (22-4) is coming off of a 40-second knockout win over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone last January, his first fight since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov by fourth-round submission at UFC 229 in October 2018. The former two-division champion has won fights over Nate Diaz and Eddie Alvarez as well as Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes during his UFC career. He currently holds a
A UFC superfight has been made official for April 23 in Las Vegas: Conor McGregor will face Dustin Poirier in a rematch of their 2014 bout, the promotion announced Thursday.
The fight will be a rematch of their September 2014 featherweight fight, which McGregor won by first-round knockout.
McGregor (22-4), who has not fought since a January loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, was scheduled to fight Poirier (26-6, 1 NC) at UFC 257 on Jan. 23 but withdrew over a dispute regarding promotional obligations. That left Poirier to face and knock out Dan Hooker in the main event instead.
Poirier has won four straight fights since losing to Nurmagomedov in September 2019. He defeated Max Holloway in an interim championship bout last June before beating Hooker earlier this year.
A UFC superfight has been made official for April 23 in Las Vegas.
Former UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor will take on Dustin Poirier in a rematch of their September 2014 fight, which McGregor won by first-round knockout.
The bout between McGregor and Poirier will be the main event of UFC 257, which is set to take place at Etihad Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The fight will be contested at 155 pounds.
The UFC officially announced the news on Wednesday morning via its social media channels.
“Just signed off on,” McGregor tweeted Wednesday along with a picture of himself signing his bout agreement. “See you in the middle of the Desert.”
McPoirier 2 will be the second go-round for the pair since they first met at UFC 178 in 2014, though much has changed since then. Back then, both men were making their way up through the lightweight division and were still largely unproven commodities. McGregor was 2-0 in the UFC and Poirier was 3-1 (3 NC) since moving up from featherweight earlier that year.
The UFC has its first big fight of the year, and it is a doozy. The promotion announced Thursday that Dustin Poirier will defend his interim lightweight title against Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 257 on April 23 in Las Vegas.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the news to ESPN.
“It’s the biggest rematch we could make,” White said. “And obviously, a lot is on the line. This is a very important fight for both guys.”
Poirier (26-6) won the interim title on Jan. 23 with a second-round TKO win over Dan Hooker in the main event of UFC Fight Night. It was Poirier’s third straight win since losing by submission to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 in September 2019 for the undisputed lightweight championship.
McGregor (22-4) returns for his first fight since January 2020 when he knocked out Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at welterweight in just 40 seconds to snap a three-fight losing streak in UFC competition. McGregor has not fought at 155 pounds since 2016, when he lost to Nurmagomedov for the then-vacant title by fourth-round submission.
For months, the MMA world has been buzzing about a huge fight between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former interim titleholder Dustin Poirier. Now, that matchup is official for April 23 in Las Vegas.
The UFC confirmed the news on Wednesday night.
Nurmagomedov (28-0) will be making his first title defense since he submitted Poirier’s current teammate Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in October 2020. Prior to that, the 32-year-old Russian dispatched of Conor McGregor at UFC 229 in 2018 and defended his belt against Al Iaquinta at UFC 223. He hasn’t lost a fight since his professional debut back in September 2008.
Meanwhile, Poirier (26-6, 1 NC) has won nine of his past 10 fights, including impressive victories over Max Holloway (twice), Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez and Dan Hooker. The only loss during that span came via submission against Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 in 2019.
The 32-year-old American is currently ranked No. 3 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings behind Nurmagomedov and Jon Jones, who vacated his light heavyweight crown earlier this month to move up to
The UFC’s return to “Fight Island” will be headlined by a superfight.
A lightweight title fight between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and challenger Justin Gaethje has been booked for UFC 257 on Oct. 24, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck confirmed following an initial report from ESPN.
Nurmagomedov (28-0) recently announced his retirement after successfully defending his belt against Gaethje’s friend and former training partner, Justin Gaethje, at UFC 254 in October 2020. The 32-year-old Russian cited the passing of his father and coach Abdulmanap last year as a reason for stepping away but left the door open for a return to competition.
Nurmagomedov has now decided to come out of retirement in order to fight Poirier, who many believed should have got the first crack at Nurmagomedov after beating Max Holloway at lightweight in April 2019.
UFC 257 will get underway with the prelims at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+. The four-fight main card will then begin at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+. Fans can purchase the UFC 257 PPV for $69.99 via ESPN+, but it is not required in order to watch the prelims on ESPN or the main card on ESPN+.
In addition to McGregor vs. Poirier 2, UFC 257 will feature a lightweight bout between Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler as well as Dustin Poirier’s wife, Jordan Espinosa taking on Jessica Eye in a flyweight bout.
Poirier (26-6) has won four out of his last five fights, including a TKO defeat of Hooker this past June at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Hooker. He has won his last two fights by knockout, including a first-round TKO over Eddie Alvarez in 2019 at UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier.
McGregor (22-4) is coming off a 40-second knockout win over Donald Cerrone in January 2020 at UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cerrone – he suffered losses to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz