How to Watch UFC 257 Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier on Jan 23: Betting Odds & Live Stream
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In UFC 257, the UFC biggest star heads back to the Octagon in the main event as Conor McGregor faces off with Dustin Poirier in a lightweight battle.
McGregor and Poirier met in a 2014 featherweight bout, with McGregor scoring a knockout victory in less than two minutes. Poirier is a different fighter than he was then, and McGregor has only fought at lightweight twice in the UFC. The UFC 257 clash also carries some extra weight as the lightweight division undergoes a major transformation in the wake of lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov's apparent retirement.
What Time Does UFC 257 Start?
UFC 257 takes place this Saturday, January 23 at 10 pm EST / 7 pm PST (prelims start at 8 pm EST and early prelims are on at 6:30 pm EST).
How to Stream UFC 257 Live Online
UFC 257’s main event pits Poirier (a.k.a. “The Diamond”) against MMA icon, McGregor, who’s looking to cement his status as one of the all-time greats.
The only way to watch the fight is to stream UFC 257 on ESPN+. You’ll first need to sign up for an ESPN+ subscription, and then pay the $69.99 pay-per-view price. The total cost will be $75. Your ESPN+ subscription continues for 30 days afterward and includes access to UFC Fight Night, live sports, and access to the ESPN+ streaming library with thousands of hours of on-demand content.
Your best ESPN+ deal is to get the UFC + Disney Bundle, which gets you instant access to the fight plus ESPN+, Disney+, and Hulu for just $83. Once the fight ends, you’ll still have unlimited access to all three streaming services for just $12.99 a month. You can cancel at any time.
Current ESPN+ subscribers can watch the UFC 257 prelims for free. You’ll still have to sign-up for the pay-per-view fight here if you want to watch the main card.
UFC 257 McGregor vs Poirier weigh in
Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier both made weight ahead of the lightweight bout in Abu Dhabi.
McGregor came in at 155lbs exactly – championship weight – and proclaimed: "You're in for a treat tomorrow, alright? Let's go."
Poirier hit the lightweight limit of 156lbs. He said: "My whole career has aligned me for tomorrow night, and I’m here to be victorious and get my hand raised by any means necessary. I'm leaving it all out there. Let’s go."
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UFC 257 McGregor vs Poirier prediction
Although it was more than six years ago now, McGregor has a huge psychological advantage over Poirier owing to that previous stoppage in the pair’s first meeting.
‘The Diamond’ is a far better operator now and should pose a much tougher test, but it’s still tough to see McGregor throwing away the potential for a huge second showdown with arch-rival Khabib. Another stoppage for the brash Dubliner, but this time in a later round.
McGregor is such a polarizing figure. There are fans who love him, and there are people who absolutely detest him. The latter are going to be disappointed, because McGregor (-300) will pick up the win over Poirier in this one. However, he is too expensive on the 2-way line, so get more specific.
Take MCGREGOR BY KO/TKO OR DQ (-190) on the 7-way line, which is still a little expensive, but worth the price. He’ll get it done, setting up a potential title bout against Khabib again, which will be what most UFC fans will open up their wallets to see.
In addition, taking UNDER 2.5 ROUNDS (-185) is a little pricey but also worth the risk. Eight of The Notorious’ past 10 fights have each cashed in Round 1 or 2. As such, playing MCGREGOR IN ROUND 1 (+160) or MCGREGOR IN ROUND 2 (+375) is the way to go.
McGregor vs Poirier bettings odd and tips
McGregor to win: 1/3
Poirier to win: 11/4
Draw or technical draw: 54/1
McGregor to win in the first round: 9/4
Poirier to win by knockout or TKO: 15/2
UFC 257 fight card
Saturday’s lightweight bout will be a rematch of Poirier and McGregor’s 2014 fight at UFC 178, which McGregor won by TKO in the first round. Poirier last fought in June, defeating Dan Hooker by unanimous decision. McGregor meantime, last fought almost exactly one year ago, needing just 40 seconds to take down Donald Cerrone at UFC 246. The Irish superstar announced his retirement a few months later, but has apparently been lured back into the ring for a tantalizing rematch with Poirier.
While many gave McGregor the advantage in 2014, the two are more evenly matched this time around, with Poirier (26-6-0) and McGregor (22-4-0) both weighing in at 155 pounds, with almost identical reach and leg reach. Vegas oddsmakers have McGregor as the overwhelming favorite in the fight, though Poirier has said he’s adjusted both his physical and mental strategy to take on Mr. Notorious.
Aside from McGregor vs. Poirier, the rest of the UFC 257 fight card is packed with a lot of juicy matchups. The lightweight co-main event features the aforementioned Hooker taking on Michael Chandler, in Chandler’s UFC debut. The third lightweight bout pits Ottman Azaitar vs. Matt Frevola, with Azaitar looking to extend his perfect 13-0 record as he squares off against “The Steamrolla.”
Two women’s bouts are also on the UFC 257 fight card. Amanda Ribas takes on Marina Rodriguez in the women’s strawweight fight, while a lightweight matchup sees Joanne Calderwood vs. Jessica Eye.
UFC 257 fight card and odds
• Conor McGregor -340 vs. Dustin Poirier +275, lightweights
• Dan Hooker -140 vs. Michael Chandler +120, lightweights
• Joanne Calderwood -120 vs. Jessica Eye +100, women's flyweights
• Amanda Ribas -330 vs. Marina Rodriguez +260, women's strawweight
• Makhmud Muradov -140 vs. Andrew Sanchez +120, middleweights
• Arman Tsarukyan vs. Matt Frevola, lightweights
• Brad Tavares -125 vs. Antonio Carlos Junior +105, middleweights
• Sara McMann -130 vs. Julianna Pena +110, women's bantamweights
• Khalil Rountree -330 vs. Marcin Prachnio +260, light heavyweights
• Movsar Evloev -575 vs. Nik Lentz +425, featherweights
• Zhalgas Zhumagulov -110 vs. Amir Albazi -110, flyweights
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