UFC 257 takes place this Saturday night at “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and will see the promotion return to pay-per-view exclusively on ESPN+.
With the main event featuring Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier in a long-awaited rematch, the PPV is likely to be the most successful since McGregor faced Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in 2018.
McGregor came out on top when he first clashed with Poirier in 2014. A well-placed McGregor left hand ended the night for Poirier in less than two minutes and ultimately became a starting block for the Irishman’s remarkable run through the featherweight division.
Poirier gets a chance to change the outcome against McGregor this Saturday but says that it’s not about revenge or payback. Instead, Poirier says that this fight is “about prosperity, about putting my family in position to be successful.” Of course, it’s about getting closer to the title, too, and a win here would likely see him rise as a frontrunner to fight for the UFC Lightweight Championship next.
While the McGregor vs. Poirier rematch demands all the attention as we inch closer to UFC 257, there are many other exciting bouts to look out for this Saturday. One of those fights is Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler.
Hooker, a dangerous lightweight contender, has been chosen as Chandler’s first UFC opponent after he joined the promotion following a long and successful career with Bellator. Chandler gets his opportunity to prove that he is one of the best lightweights in the world this weekend and Hooker eyes a win that could likely see him earn a fight with the winner of McGregor vs. Poirier.
Who fights at UFC 257?
UFC 257 fight card, start time, and bout order
Saturday, January 23 – Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Main Card – 10:00 pm (ET) on ESPN+ PPV
- Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor
- Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler
- Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood
- Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar
- Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas
Prelims – 8:00 pm (ET) on ESPN+
- Nasrat Haqparast vs. Arman Tsarukyan
- Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
- Julianna Pena vs. Sara McMann
- Khalil Rountree Jr vs. Marcin Prachnio
Early Prelims – 6:30 pm (ET) on ESPN+
- Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov
- Movsar Evloev vs. Nik Lentz
- Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.