Ahead of tonight’s massive lightweight rematch between former interim UFC lightweight champion, Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier and former two-weight gold holder, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor — stay tuned below for all your live results from UFC 257 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Slated for a 155-pound rematch six-years in the making, former-foes, Poirier and McGregor re-run their UFC 178 matchup, this time at the lightweight limit — in a pivotal potential title-eliminator.
Hoping to score his second straight victory, avenge his loss to McGregor and possibly earn a lightweight title tilt, American Top Team feature, Poirier took home a unanimous decision win over event co-main event feature, Dan ‘The Hangman’ Hooker in June of last year at UFC Vegas 4 in a Fight of the Year contender.
For McGregor, the 32-year-old makes his Octagon return for the first time in a year. Returning to the welterweight limit at UFC 246, McGregor dispatched former lightweight title challenger, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in just forty-seconds via a high-kick and subsequent ground-and-pound stoppage.
Below, catch all your results from the UFC’s flagship event return for 2021.
Main Card: (PPV 10 p.m. ET)
Lightweight: Dustin Poirier def. Conor McGregor via second round (2:32) knockout (strikes)
Lightweight: Michael Chandler def. Dan Hooker via first round (2:30) knockout (strikes)
Flyweight: Joanne Calderwood def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, and 29-28)
Middleweight: Makhmud Muradov def. Andrew Sanchez via third round (2:59) knockout (flying knee and strikes)
Strawweight: Marina Rodriguez def. Amanda Ribas via second round (0:59) knockout (elbow and strikes)
Preliminary Card: (ESPN/ESPN+ 8 p.m. ET)
158-pound Catchweight: Arman Tsarukyan def. Matt Frevola via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, and 30-26)
Middleweight: Brad Tavares def. Antonio Carlos Junior via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, and 29-28)
Women’s Bantamweight: Julianna Pena def. Sara McMann via third-round (3:39) submission (rear-naked choke)
Light Heavyweight: Marcin Prachnio def. Khalil Rountree Jr. via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Early Preliminary Card: (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass 6:30 p.m. ET)
150-pound Catchweight: Movsar Evloev def. Nik Lentz via split decision (29-28 x2, and 28-29)
Flyweight: Amir Albazi def. Zhalgas Zhumagulov via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)