44 sec ago. Conor McGregor will return to the Octagon for the first time in a year in the UFC 257 main event. The former two-division UFC champ will take on Dustin Poirier in a fight that could decide the next lightweight title challenger. The bout is a rematch from their meeting at UFC 178 in 2014, a first-round TKO victory for McGregor.
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UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2
• Saturday, Jan. 23, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
• Main card: 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV
• Prelims: 8 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+
• Early prelims: 6:15 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPN+
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McGregor had something to prove that night in Las Vegas, and it came forcefully and surgically in the beating he put on Poirier. By barely breaking a sweat in a first-round knockout, McGregor coaxed all but the most stubborn skeptics onto his full-steam-ahead, hype express. The victory over Poirier was rocket fuel.
Six and a half game-changing years later, the pair will renew their acquaintance on Saturday in the main event of UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. While the circumstances surrounding the two fights might appear totally different, at their core they are fundamentally the same.