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UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2021 at the Etihad Arena on Fight Island, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the league has been holding official weigh-ins and then faceoffs, but no ceremonial weigh-ins. In a return to a degree of normalcy, this event will have both official and ceremonial weigh-ins. Both will stream live on The UnderGround, on Friday, January 23.
Former champ champ Conor McGregor hasn’t fought since his 40 second KO of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246 on January 18, 2020. Opponent Dustin Poirier too has not been in the Octagon much lately. His last fight was a decision win over Dan Hooker at UFC on ESPN 12 on June 27, 2020; prior to that, he lost a title fight vs. lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 on September 7, 2019.
The co-main features the UFC debut of three-time Bellator MMA champion Michael Chandler, vs. the #6 ranked Dan Hooker. With a spectacular win, Chandler put himself potentially in line for a title shot.
UFC 257 official weigh-ins video (6:00 a.m. ET)
UFC 257 ceremonial weigh-ins video (10:00 a.m. ET)
Main Card (ESPN+ pay-per-view, 10:00 p.m. ET)
-Dustin Poirier (156) vs. Conor McGregor (155)
-Michael Chandler (156) vs. Dan Hooker (156)
-Joanne Calderwood (126) vs. Jessica Eye (126)
-Ottman Azaitar ()* vs. Matt Frevola (155.5)
-Amanda Ribas (156) vs. Marina Rodriguez (116)
Late Prelims (ESPN, ESPN+, 8:00 p.m. ET)
-Nasrat Haqparast ()**** vs. Arman Tsarukyan (159)**
-Antonio Carlos Junior (185) vs. Brad Tavares (185.5)
-Sara McMann (135) vs. Julianna Pena (136)
-Marcin Prachnio (206) vs. Khalil Rountree (206)***
Early Prelims (ESPN+, 6:30 p.m. ET)
-Makhmud Muradov (186) vs. Andrew Sanchez (186)
-Movsar Evloev (150) vs. Nik Lentz (150)
-Amir Albazi (126) vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (126)
* Ottman Azaitar did not weigh in and was ruled out of his fight vs. Matt Frevola
** Arman Tsarukyan missed lightweight limit by 3 pounds; given one additional hour.
*** Khalil Rountree missed light heavyweight limit by 0.5 pounds on first attempt, but made weight on his second attempt.
**** Nasrat Haqparast did not weigh in and was ruled out of his fight vs. Tsarukyan due to illness