UFC 257 arrives Saturday, and with it, a tantalizing lightweight main event years in the making.
Another Conor McGregor fight week is upon us, and his rematch with Dustin Poirier ought to meet the hype. It’s been six years since they last met, at UFC 178, and although McGregor made that win look easy, that’s hardly a sample size to look too much into. Six years is an eternity in MMA, and since that loss, Porier has come into his own as a lightweight putting on some of the best performance the promotion has to offer. After over six years since their first meeting, UFC 257 will run it back one more time, a surefire way to cap off the first pay per view of 2021 with a bang.
Of course, McGregor has developed as well. He looked focused, and had a few new tricks in his bag, when he met Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone back at UFC 246 one year ago. While McGregor had hoped to stay active in 2020, the coronavirus and the UFC’s reluctance to book him into an event without fans delayed his return. In the meantime, it was Poirier who got back in the octagon, putting on a Fight of the Year contender against Dan Hooker.
So who comes out of UFC 257 with their hand raised? Check out the video above as we predict this weekend’s main event.
UFC 257 takes place this Saturday, January 23 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. The main card airs live on PPV.