UFC 257: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier fight preview, odds, predictions, how to bet

At UFC 257 this Saturday, Conor McGregor steps back into the Octagon for the first time since defeating Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone last January.

On that night, McGregor stunned fans with a rapid 40-second finish of the winningest fighter in UFC history. But this time, McGregor is in for a much more difficult task as he faces former UFC interim lightweight champion and current #2 ranked lightweight contender, Dustin Poirier.

Poirier vs. McGregor takes place this Saturday, January 23, and can be watched live only on ESPN+ (order here).

Here’s what you need to watch the UFC 257 PPV event:

Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier fight preview

After being defeated by McGregor all the way back in 2014, Poirier moved up from the featherweight division to join the ranks at lightweight. Poirier has looked outstanding with impressive stoppage wins against Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, and Anthony Pettis. More recently, Poirier has secured unanimous decision wins against Max Holloway and Dan Hooker to cement himself as a genuine top contender in the 155-pound category.

McGregor is currently ranked #4 in the lightweight division and that’s somewhat surprising because of his inactivity. The Irishman’s fast finish of Cerrone last year is his only MMA victory in the last four years and that was in the heavier welterweight category. The only other bout in that time was against current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who submitted McGregor in the fourth round in 2018 and did the same to Poirier in the third round of their bout in 2019.

With the champion announcing his plans to retire from the sport unless Poirier, McGregor, or one of the co-main event fighters, Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler, earn an impressive victory this weekend, it’s very likely that the winner of the main event bout will go on to compete for the UFC Lightweight Championship in the coming months.

When Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor stand across from each other this Saturday, January 23, you’re not going to want to miss it. Fans can watch Poirier vs. McGregor, Hooker vs. Chandler, and all other UFC 257 main card bouts by ordering the UFC 257 pay-per-view via the official ESPN+ website.

Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier odds

Conor McGregor is the betting favorite at all oddsmakers before UFC 257. McGregor’s best odds can be found at 5Dimes (-290).

Dustin Poirier represents good value at odds of +270 at a variety of sites.

  • Conor McGregor: -291 ($1.34)
  • Dustin Poirier: +237 ($3.37)

Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier predictions

Our team here at The Body Lock has made our predictions ahead of the UFC 257 main event. Here’s the verdict:

Most popular pick: McGregor to win by KO/TKO in round one (3 picks 50%)

  • Conor McGregor: 5 picks (83%)
  • Dustin Poirier: 1 pick (17%)

Only one team member is picking Dustin Poirier to walk away victorious at UFC 257 on Saturday. Three members have predicted a first-round KO/TKO finish for Conor McGregor.

And for that reason, that’s our verdict for how to bet on Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier.

Best bet: Conor McGregor to win in round one (+200)

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