UFC 257 Results: Poirier vs. McGregor II

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LowKick MMA will be bringing you UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor II results throughout the afternoon (Sun. 24th. January 2021) from the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Rounding out the promotion’s first pay-per-view event of the year, a pivotal lightweight rematch six-years in the making. Former interim lightweight champion, Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier re-runs his September 2014 matchup with former undisputed featherweight and lightweight titleholder, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor in a potential 155-pound title-eliminator.

Returning to winning-ways last time out, Lafayette striker, Poirier hopes to make it two wins in two, following a barnburner unanimous decision victory over event co-headliner, Dan ‘The Hangman’ Hooker at UFC Vegas 4 in June last. The American Top Team staple is tasked with avenging at UFC 178 opening round knockout defeat to the Dubliner.

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Making his anticipated Octagon return, McGregor returns to the 155-pound weight class as well. The Straight Blast Gym mainstay headlined UFC 246 in January last, taking home a forty-second knockout victory over future Hall of Fame inductee, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.

In tonight’s co-main event, the above mentioned Kiwi striker, Hooker rolls out the proverbial welcome mat for former three-time Bellator lightweight gold holder, Michael Chandler who makes his highly-awaited Octagon debut after a ten-year stint under the Scott Coker banner.

Hoping to return to the winner’s enclosure, City Kickboxing standout, Hooker dropped his above noted decision loss to Poirier — snapping a three-fight unbeaten run. The Auckland native had previously taken a close split judging victory over fan-favourite kickboxer, Paul ‘The Irish Dragon’ Felder at UFC Fight Night Auckland in February last on home soil.

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Arriving in the UFC, Sanford MMA and Henri Hooft mainstay, Chandler had won two on the trot, notching two first-round knockout victories over Dana White’s Contender Series alum, Sidney Outlaw, as well as a second career win over former WEC and UFC lightweight best, ‘Smooth’ Benson Henderson.

UFC 257 Results: Poirier vs. McGregor II

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 punches)

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Strawweight: Marina Rodriguez def. Amanda Ribas via second round (0:54) knockout (elbow and punches)

Preliminary Card: (ESPN+/ESPN 8 p.m. ET)

Catchweight (157-pounds): 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)

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)

Catchweight (150-pounds): 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)

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