In a few hours, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will return to the Octagon at UFC 257 for a rematch following McGregor’s victorious first-round knockout at UFC 178 in 2014. Here’s how to watch UFC 257 online, including the start time crucial and the whereabouts of the UFC 257 live stream.
UFC 257 date: January 23, 2021
UFC 257 Time: 10 PM ET / 7 PM PT (Main Card)
UFC 257 Location: UFC Fight Island, United Arab Emirates
UFC 257 Arena: Etihad Arena, UFC Fight Island
How to watch UFC 257 online in the US
UFC 257 airs exclusively on ESPN + in the United States. That’s right, there’s no free UFC 257 live stream. The only way to tune in is by handing over $ 70 for the UFC 257 PPV via ESPN + (new customers can save $ 40 on the cost of the PPV and an annual subscription to ESPN +).
What you need to know about UFC 257
Conor McGregor hardly needs an introduction to UFC fans and his star power now extends far beyond the world of MMA. The Irish fighter boasts a record of 22 wins (19 by knockout) and four losses, and has previously held the UFC featherweight and lightweight championships. McGregor’s opponent, American fighter Dustin Poirier, is considered by many to be the underdog, but he is not a worker: ranked second on the UFC lightweight list, The Diamond has an impressive record of 26 wins and six losses and is a former interim UFC lightweight champion.
Last January at UFC 246, fans watched Conor McGregor return to the Octagon after a 15-month hiatus following his 2018 loss at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 228. Upon his return in 2020, The Notorious, who he had just moved up to welterweight: he comfortably defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a first-round knockout. Many were excited and curious to see how McGregor would fare in this heavier class against top talents like Kamaru Usman, but several months later, in June, the Irish fighter announced his retirement on social media.
Since this was the second time McGregor had stated that he was retiring from MMA, many commentators, including UFC CEO Dana White, expressed doubts that the fighter could withstand the siren call of the Octagon. That skepticism proved well founded when it was announced that The Notorious would return to the ring and return to lightweight in a rematch against Dustin Poirier, whom McGregor had previously defeated in a first-round knockout at UFC 178 in 2014.
Dana White has said that whoever wins at UFC 257: Poirier vs McGregor 2 will be in a position to attempt the lightweight title, which will soon be up for grabs following the recent retirement of champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The stakes are high here.
UFC 257 Fight Card
First preliminaries (6:15 pm ET / 3:15 pm PT)
- Movsar Evloev vs. Nik Lentz
- Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
Preliminary card (8 PM ET / 5 PM PT)
- Arman Tsarukyan vs. Matt Frevola
- Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
- Julianna Peña vs. Sara McMann
- Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Marcin Prachnio
Main board (10 PM ET / 7 PM PT)
- Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor
- Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler
- Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood
- Andrew Sánchez vs. Makhmud Muradov
- Marina Rodríguez vs. Amanda Ribas