The biggest fight card of the year featuring former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor and former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier is all set to take place at UFC 257 in Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi.
Conor McGregor will be returning to the Octagon after a year-long layoff. Conor McGregor last fought at UFC 246 back in Jan 2020 against Donald Cerrone and knocked him out in just 40-seconds.
Dustin Poirier is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Dan Hooker in June last year. This fight has title implication as the winner will fight for the title.
In the co-main event, former Bellator welterweight champion Michael Chandler will be making his UFC debut against Dan Hooker. Chandler signed with UFC last year in September after knocking out Benson Henderson.
UFC 257: McGregor vs Poirier Early Prelims Result
Men’s flyweight: Amir Albazi (14-1, 2-0 UFC) defeats Zhalgas Zhumagulov (13-5, 0-2 UFC) by unanimous decision.
Catchweight (150 pounds): Movsar Evloev (14-0, 4-0 UFC) defeats Nik Lentz (30-12-2 1 NC, 14-9-1 1 NC UFC) by split decision.
Light heavyweight: Marcin Prachnio (14-5, 1-3 UFC) defeats Khalil Rountree Jr. (9-5, 2-3 UFC) by unanimous decision
Women’s bantamweight: Julianna Pena (11-4, 6-2 UFC) defeats Sara McMann (12-6, 6-6 UFC) by third-round submission
Middleweight: Brad Tavares (18-7, 13-6 UFC) defeats Antonio Carlos Junior (11-5 1 NC, 7-5 1 NC UFC) via unanimous decision
Lightweight: Arman Tsarukyan (15-2, 2-1 UFC) defeATS Matt Frevola (8-1-1, 2-1-1 UFC) VIA DECISION
Strawweight: Marina Rodriguez (13-1-2, 3-1-2 UFC) beats Amanda Ribas (10-2, 4-1 UFC) via TKO in round 2