Conor McGregor returns to the octagon for the first time in a year to face Dustin Poirier at U.F.C. 257 in Abu Dhabi early Sunday on the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first pay-per-view card of 2021.
The lightweight fighters, both 32 years old, are each trying to make a case that they deserve a shot at a title bout at 155 pounds.
The pay-per-view portion of the event, which costs $69.99, started at 10 p.m. Eastern on Saturday night — 7 a.m. Sunday in Abu Dhabi, with about 1,800 spectators watching at the newly built Etihad Arena on Yas Island. The card was being sold in the United States by ESPN+, the streaming service of ESPN.
The main event between McGregor and Poirier is coming up, with Michael Chandler having knocked out Dan Hooker in the co-main event.
UFC 257 card and results:
- Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier, lightweights
- Michael Chandler def. Dan Hooker via first-round TKO (punches)
- Joanne Calderwood def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Makhmud Muradov def. Andrew Sanchez via third-round TKO (punches)
- Marina Rodriguez def. Amanda Ribas via second-round knockout (punches)
- Arman Tsarukyan vs. Matt Frevola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Brad Tavares def. Antonio Carlos Junior via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Julianna Pena def. Sara McMann via third-round submission (rear-naked choke)
- Marcin Prachnio def. Khalil Rountree Jr. via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Movsar Evolev def. Nik Lentz via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Amir Albazi def. Zhalgas Zhumagulov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)