ABU DHABI – A nontitle UFC lightweight rematch between Connor McGregor and Dustin Pourier is official for UFC 257 on Saturday, as both fighters successfully wetted during Friday’s wait-in.
McGregor (22-4), the former undisputed champion in the lightweight, weighed 155 pounds. Poire (26-6), who won an interim lightweight champion in 2019, tied the scales at 156. The competition entered UFC 257 on Saturday inside the Etihad Arena.
This will mark the second competition between the two lightweight. The first took place in 2014 and at a featherweight limit of 145 pounds. McGregor with his infamous left-handed Puyar slammed just 1:46 into the match. This would actually be Poire’s final fight at fairweight, as he moved into the light division in his next bout.
Surprisingly, McGregor has competed only lightly twice in his UFC career. He won the belt in his UFC lightweight debut in late 2016, knocking out then-champion Eddie Alvarez. In 2018, he lost to defending champion Khabib Nurmagomedov via fourth round submission. The 32-year-old McGregor repeatedly stated that he set his frame for an extended 155-pound run in 2021.
In the co-main event, former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Michael Chandler (21-5) and New Zealand’s Dan Hooker (20-9) successfully lost their weight. Chandler and Hooker both came in at 156 pounds.
This is a big week for the Lightweight Division, as UFC President Dana White has teased defending champion Khabib Nurgomedov, who could return in another bout if any of the four top Lightweight on the card are impressive. Nurmagomedov, for his part, has reiterated that he does not intend to fight any time soon, but still remains the current lightweight champion.
McGregor and Poore were the first among the fighters to step up the scale on Friday. Shortly thereafter, UFC’s John Anik announced that the match between Oatman Ezhitar and Matt Frivola had been canceled.