Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier LIVE RESULTS: UFC 257 UK start time, live stream, TV channel, prelims, tonight's card

CONOR MCGREGOR makes his UFC return tonight with a huge Fight Island showdown against Dustin Poirier.

The eagerly-awaited UFC 257 bout is a rematch of their 2014 fight which McGregor won with a first round TKO.

  • Start-time: Early prelims on NOW/ Prelims 1am UK time/ Main card 3am
  • Expect McGregor vs Poirier at around 5am UK time
  • TV/ live stream: BT Sport Box Office (UK) / ESPN+ (US)

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Follow ALL of the latest updates from Fight Island below…

  • Chisanga Malata

    ROUND ONE

    Lentz is the aggressor early and has surprisingly opted to take down the Russian.

    Evloev reverses position and is now in in Lentz's guard.

  • Chisanga Malata

    THE THIRD MEN IN THE CAGE

    Veteran referee Herb Dean will oversee the main event between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.

    England's Marc Goddard, meanwhile, has been tasked the job of overseeing the co-main event of the morning.

  • Chisanga Malata

    CATCHWEIGHT BOUT UP NEXT

    Veteran Nik Lentz will take on undefeated featherweight prospect Movsar Evloev.

    Russia's Evloev was last in action in July against Team Kaobon's Mike Grundy, who Lentz was supposed to fight last week.

    Because of the short-notice nature of this bout, it will be taking place at a catchweight of 150lbs.

  • Chisanga Malata

    Albazi gets the nod

    All three judges score the fight 29-28 in Amir Albazi's favour.

    That's two wins in two UFC outings for the London Shootfighters flyweight.

    He's well and truly a prospect in the division.

  • Chisanga Malata

    ROUND THREE

    Albazi starts the round by chipping away at Zhumagulov's lead leg before pushing him back with relentless pressure.

    Zhumagulov tries a spinning back fist as he's being hunted down and misses by a mile.

    Albazi takes the fight to the ground and starts punishing the Kazakh with elbows from inside his guard.

    Albazi takes Zhumagulov's back and is looking for a rear-naked choke. He's got two minutes to work.

    Zhumagulov is defending well but can't shake Albazi off him.

    As I say that, they're back to their feet and Zhumagulov is going all out to get the finish he needs to win this fight.

    Albazi, wisely, decides to get on his bike until the end of the round. He should get the nod. I have him winning it 30-27.

  • Chisanga Malata

    ROUND TWO

    Alazbi again looks to establish his range with a long jab, although he's also mixing them up with beautiful leg kicks.

    The London Shootfighters ace lands a big right hand that draws a roar from the crowd. but that hasn't detered the game Zhumagulov.

    Albazi is having real success with his jab and left hook, which his corner are repeatedly calling for.

    All Abazi in this round, Zhumagulov is having a hard time closing the distance and landing his shots.

    Albazi is starting to get a tad reckless with his strikes and is finding himself eating unnecessary counters.

    Zhumagulov tries two late takedowns but sees his attempts to ground the fight stuffed.

  • Chisanga Malata

    ROUND ONE

    Albazi looks to establish his jab early to keep the onrushing Zhumagulov at bay.

    But the shorter Kazakh is having success when he comes into range.

    Albazi catches Zhumagulov with a right hand an continues to put on the pressure.

    But Zhumagulov recovers well before being grounded by a beautiful double-leg takedown.

    Albazi is unable to keep his man down, though, and they soon return to the centre of the octagon.

    Zhumagulov catches Albazi with a big left hook, but ends up eating a big right hand moments later.

    Zhumagulov lands a big takedown with 30 seconds of the round left and ends it on top.

  • Chisanga Malata

    A GANDER AT THE ARENA

    Here's how the brand spanking new Etihad Arena is looking ahead of the UFC's first pay-per-view event of 2021.

    It's some sight to behold, folks.

  • Chisanga Malata

    WE ARE LIVE FOLKS

    UFC 257's first fight is just about to get underway.

    A flyweight bout between Amir Albazi and Zhalgas Zhumagulov kicking things off.

    Get a full look at the fight card below.

  • Jim Sheridan

    SHE AIN'T HEAVY

    MMA star Amanda Ribas piled on TWO STONE in just 24 hours ahead of her fight with Marina Rodriguez.

    Ribas, 27, rocketed in weight by gaining over 12kg in a day, according to her dad and coach Marcelo Ribas.

    The strawweight fighter tipped the scales at 116lbs before reversing her weight cut in dramatic style by hitting 143.3lbs.

    She fights fellow Brazilian Rodriguez, 33, on Fight Island tonight.

    And Ribas senior revealed her rapid bulk with a candid shot on Instagram ahead of the big night of action in Abu Dhabi.

    Ribas has a 10-1 record and is ranked No10 in the UFC for her weight class.

  • Jim Sheridan

    THE COUNTDOWN IS ON

    Action is almost upon us in Abu Dhabi and through the night we'll be bringing you every punch, kick and elbow as it happens.

    UFC 257 is go.

  • Jim Sheridan

    NEW DIGS

    The Etihad Arena on Abu Dhabi's Yas Island is hosting tonight's card – and it's a pretty impressive venue.

    SunSport were lucky enough to be given a tour of the venue before its inaugural event last weekend – and we were blown away.

    Situated in the beautiful but still developing Yas Bay, the Etihad Arena is the latest multi-million-pound building to have been erected by BAM International.

    The state-of-the-art venue – which was completed last October – has a capacity of 18,000 spectators, although they can stage events for as few as 200 people.

    SunSport revealed earlier this month the venue, which is operated by Flash Entertainment, will permit 2000 fans to attend the UFC's events – including tonight.

    Tickets for UFC 257 started at 795 Dirham (£160) and went all the way up to a whopping 4,995 Dirham (£1000).

  • Jim Sheridan

    SWEAT IT OUT

    Poirier fans were concerned their man looked a little drained at yesterday's weigh-in.

    But The Diamond took to his socials after tipping the scales at 156lbs to assure his supporters all was well.

    He said: "Haha I'm good! Walked out the sauna straight to the scale. Was still a little overheated."

    Just joining us? A little more than six hours of UFC action ahead. Oh yes.

  • Jim Sheridan

    MAC PLAN

    McGregor is planning on victory tonight – and then hoping to fight a whopping 'seven' times over the next 18 months.

    He told ESPN: "The truth is the fight game will never get rid of me. Conor McGregor will be here until the day I go out. So that's it.

    "If they line me up, I'll get about seven fights in the next year and a half. That's what I want."

    McGregor wanted to fight three times last year but had those plans scuppered by the pandemic and a temporarily-frosty relationship with UFC president Dana White.

    And the Irishman hopes it won't be too long before his next fight is booked.

    First up though, he needs to do the business this evening.

  • Jim Sheridan

    FIGHT FANS

    2,000 lucky spectators are being let in tonight to watch the full card, which gets underway shortly in Abu Dhabi.

    Excited yet? You should be.

  • James Orr

    WEIGH TO GO

    Things are never dull when McGregor is involved.

    And yesterday was no exception, as the pair weighed in and made the fight official. 

    McGregor looked huge as he tipped the scales at 155lbs, while Poirier will pack a punch after weighin in a pound heavier.

    But in classic fashion, Notorious is expecting fireworks.

    He said: "I will knock Dustin out inside 60 seconds."

    "I love Dustin, I think he's a good fighter. He's even a great fighter, you know? But great is still levels below me."

  • James Orr

    FULL CARD

    Main card (3am UK time/ 10pm ET/ 7am Abu Dhabi)

    • Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor (main event – lightweight)
    • Dan Hooker vs Michael Chandler (co-man – lightweight)
    • Jessica Eye vs Joanne Calderwood (women's flyweight)
    • Matt Frevola vs Ottman Azaitar (lightweight)
    • Marina Rodriguez vs Amanda Ribas (women's strawweight)

    FULL CARD

    Prelims (from 1am UK time/ 8pm ET/ 5am Abu Dhabi)

    • Nasrat Haqparast vs Arman Tsarukyan (lightweight)
    • Khalil Rountree Jr vs Marcin Prachnio (light heavyweight)
    • Julianna Pena vs Sara McMann (women's Bantamweight)
    • Brad Tavares vs Antonio Carlos Junior (middleweight)

    FULL CARD

    So who are we seeing in action on Fight Island tonight?
    It's a biggie – and we're going late. Hope you've prepared for an all-nighter…

    Early prelims (11.30pm UK time/ 6.30pm ET/ 3.30am Abu Dhabi)

    • Andrew Sanchez vs Makhmud Muradov (middleweight)
    • Movsar Evloev vs Nik Lentz (catchweight – 150 lb)
    • Amir Albazi vs Zhalgas Zhumagulov (flyweight)

     

    TALE OF THE TAPE

    These two know each other well – but Poirier is a very different fighter to the one we saw in 2014.

    McGregor has the narrow reach advantage, but on paper there's really not a lot to split them.

    NOTORIOUS IS BACK

    After more than a year in the wilderness, Conor McGregor is back in the big time.

    Notorious makes his UFC return tonight on Fight Island against DustinPoirier, a fighter he dispatched in ruthless style seven long years ago.

    The Irishman spent most of 2020 keeping us guessing, retiring once again in June just months after his 40-second demolition of Cowboy Cerrone.

    UFC just isn't the same without him and McGregor drops back to lightweight this evening, the first time he's fought in the packed division since his loss to Khabib in late 2018.

    Tonight's bout takes place on Fight Island in the United Arab Emirates, where 2000 lucky fans will get to enjoy the action – socially distanced, of course.

    McGregor looked stunning at the weigh in, tipping the scales at 155lbs and is heavy favourite to make a winning return – and potentially get back into title contention.

    We've a packed card coming at you throughout the night from Abu Dhabi, which includes a number of stars as well as up-and-coming talent.
    The co-main event sees Dan Hooker face Michael Chandler, while Jessica Eye takes on Joanne Calderwood.

    Things get underway around 11pm, with the prelims themselves from 1am before the main card at 3am.

    Hope you've got the coffee ready. Or maybe something stronger – McGregor vs Poirier is likely to see the first bell around 5am GMT. Strap in.

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