In a few hours, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will step back into the octagon at UFC 257 for a rematch following McGregor’s victorious first-round knockout at UFC 178 in 2014. Here’s how to watch UFC 257 online, including the crucial start time and the whereabouts of the UFC 257 live stream.
UFC 257 Date: January 23, 2021
UFC 257 Time: 10 PM ET/7 PM PT (Main Card)
UFC 257 Location: UFC Fight Island, United Arab Emirates
UFC 257 Arena: Etihad Arena, UFC Fight Island
How to watch UFC 257 online in the U.S.
UFC 257 is being broadcast exclusively through ESPN+ in the United States. That’s right — there’s no free UFC 257 live stream. The only way to tune in is by handing over $70 for the UFC 257 PPV through ESPN+ (new customers can save $40 on the cost of the PPV and an annual subscription to ESPN+).
What you need to know about UFC 257
Conor McGregor hardly needs an introduction to UFC fans and his star power now extends well beyond the world of MMA. The Irish fighter boasts a record of 22 wins (19 by knockout) and four losses, and he has previously held the UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Championships. McGregor’s opponent, American fighter Dustin Poirier, is regarded by many as the underdog, but he’s no jobber: Ranked second on the UFC lightweight roster, The Diamond has an impressive record of 26 wins and six losses and is a former interim UFC lightweight champion.
Last January at UFC 246, fans saw the return of Conor McGregor to the Octagon after a 15-month hiatus following his 2018 defeat at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 228. Upon his 2020 return, The Notorious — who had just moved up to welterweight — handily defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a first-round knockout. Many were excited and curious to see how McGregor would fare at this heavier class against top talent like Kamaru Usman, but several months later in June, the Irish fighter announced his retirement on social media.
Given that this was the second time McGregor had declared he was retiring from MMA, many commentators, including UFC CEO Dana White, expressed doubts that the fighter would be able to resist the siren song of the Octagon. That skepticism proved to be well-founded when it was announced that The Notorious would be stepping back into the ring and returning to lightweight in a rematch against Dustin Poirier, whom McGregor had previously defeated in a first-round knockout at UFC 178 back in 2014.
Dana White has said that whoever clinches the victory at UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 will be in a position to take a shot at the lightweight title, which will soon be up for grabs in the wake of champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s recent retirement. There’s a lot at stake here.
UFC 257 Fight Card
Early Prelims (6:15 PM ET/3:15 PM PT)
- Movsar Evloev vs. Nik Lentz
- Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
Preliminary Card (8 PM ET/5 PM PT)
- Arman Tsarukyan vs. Matt Frevola
- Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
- Julianna Pena vs. Sara McMann
- Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Marcin Prachnio
Main Card (10 PM ET/7 PM PT)
- Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor
- Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler
- Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood
- Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov
- Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas