UFC 257:
Poirier vs. McGregor 2

Venue: Flash Forum, City: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Date: January 23, 2021



 

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UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on January 23, 2021, at the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

A lightweight rematch between former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor and former interim champion Dustin Poirier is set to headline this event. They met previously in a featherweight bout at UFC 178 in September 27, 2014, where McGregor won by first round TKO.

A bantamweight bout between promotional newcomers Umar Nurmagomedov and Sergey Morozov was initially scheduled to take place at UFC 254, but Nurmagomedov pulled out due to an illness. The pairing was rescheduled for this event.

A flyweight bout between Amir Albazi and Zhalgas Zhumagulov was expected to take place at UFC on ESPN: Smith vs. Clark, but Zhumagulov pulled out due to visa issues and the bout was rescheduled for this event.

Former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Michelle Waterson was expected to face Amanda Ribas in a women's strawweight bout at this event. However, Waterson pulled out of the bout in early December due to undisclosed reasons. She was replaced by Marina Rodriguez.

Tagir Ulanbekov was briefly scheduled to face returning veteran Matheus Nicolau in a flyweight bout. However, Ulanbekov withdrew due to undisclosed reasons and a replacement is currently being sought.

A middleweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia light heavyweight winner Andrew Sanchez and André Muniz was expected to take place at this event. In late December, Muniz withdrew due to an injury and was replaced by Makhmud Muradov.

 

Official Fight Card

Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Lightweight Dustin Poirier def. Conor McGregor KO (punches) 2 2:32
Lightweight Michael Chandler def. Dan Hooker TKO (punches) 1 2:30
Women's Flyweight Joanne Calderwood def. Jessica Eyemous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Middleweight Makhmud Muradov def. Andrew Sanchez TKO (flying knee and punches) 3 2:59
Women's Strawweight Marina Rodriguez def. Amanda Ribas TKO (elbow and punches) 2 0:54
Preliminary card (ESPN / ESPN+)
Catchweight (157 lb) Arman Tsarukyan def. Matt Frevola Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–26) 3 5:00
Middleweight Brad Tavares def. Antônio Carlos Júnior Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
Women's Bantamweight Julianna Peña def. Sara McMann Submission (rear-naked choke) 3 3:39
Light Heavyweight Marcin Prachnio def. Khalil Rountree Jr. Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Early preliminary card (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass)
Catchweight (150 lb) Movsar Evloev def. Nik Lentz Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Flyweight Amir Albazi def. Zhalgas Zhumagulov Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00

 

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RESULTS

Dustin Poirier def. Conor McGregor via second-round TKO (punches)
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)

 


*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.