Conor McGregor at UFC 257 press conference

The UFC’s first pay-per-view of 2021 happens this Saturday night on ESPN+ with a lightweight main event matchup between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.

McGregor makes his return to the UFC’s Octagon for the first time since he stopped Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in just 40 seconds last January. McGregor has been seeking more competition and Poirier will be the first man to stand across from the Irishman this year.

McGregor vs. Poirier is also a rematch of an earlier bout from 2014 that saw McGregor walk away victorious after a fast, 1:40 technical knockout victory at UFC 178. But many are expecting this fight to be a much tougher one for McGregor as Poirier has improved immensely since that first fight in the featherweight division.

UFC 257 also features a highly-anticipated lightweight co-main event with Dan Hooker facing former three-time Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler. Chandler will be making his UFC debut and we’ll immediately see where he stands among the best lightweights in the UFC this weekend.

UFC 257 streams live on ESPN+ this Saturday night. Continue reading for information regarding how to watch McGregor vs. Poirier as well as the full updated fight card and bout order.

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

Updated UFC 257 fight card

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
  • Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov
  • Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas

Prelims – 8:00 pm (ET) on ESPN+

  • Arman Tsarukyan vs. Matt Frevola
  • Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
  • Julianna Pena vs. Sara McMann
  • Khalil Rountree Jr vs. Marcin Prachnio

Early Prelims – 7:00 pm (ET) on ESPN+

  • Movsar Evloev vs. Nik Lentz
  • Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov

UFC 257 fight card changes

Ottman Azaitar vs. Matt Frevola canceled after Azaitar violated health and safety protocols

Nasrat Haqparast vs. Arman Tsarukyan canceled after Haqparast pulled from the card due to illness

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