Connor McGregor is not looking at Dustin Pourier’s past, but “The Infamous” certainly had a bigger picture in mind, as he released his UFC 257 main event Saturday for “Fight Island.” And that big picture involves staying active and eventually fighting for the light belt.
Current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has made it clear that he intends to retire, and it seems that if not – Nurmagomedov gets rid of the belt, there are huge title implications of Saturday’s main event.
ESPN ranked Poore at No. 3 and McGregor at No. 10 in the world at 155 pounds. It will be McGregor’s first fight since a 40-second knockout over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in January 2020, and for the first time since the 2018 loss to Nurmagomedov. McGregor and Poyer battled first, in 2014 at UFC 178, McGregor won a featherweight fight by a first-round TKO.
McGregor (22-4) won three of their last four games, while the only loss was to Nurmagomedov in a title bout. The Irish native was the first concurrent double champion in UFC history to win the lightweight title against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016, while winning the featherweight title. McGregor, 32, is the biggest money-maker in UFC history and even surpassed MMA in 2017, more than boxing in a match against Floyd Mayweather.
Poirier (26-6, 1 NC) has suffered just one loss in his last eight fights, that too to Narmmagomedov. The Louisiana native, who drops out of the American top team in Florida, is coming to a unanimous decision win over Dan Hooker last June. Poore, 32, is 10–2 (1 NC) since the 2014 loss to McGregor and is a lightly perennial contender.
In the co-main event, former Bellator three-time lightweight champion Michael Chandler will debut against his long-awaited UFC debut. ESPN has Hulker No. 6 and Chandler No. 7 the lighter in the world. The winner will also involve themselves in the title conversation.
On the card, Jessica Eye and Joan Calderwood meet in a women’s flyweight grudge match; Amanda Ribas faces Marina Rodriguez in a women’s struggleweight contestant bout. And top prospect Armaan Tsukuyan took on Matt Frivola in a light bout.
The battle continues:
Catch weightweight (150 lb): Mowser Ilavov (13-0, 3-0 UFC, -575) vs Nick Lentz (30-11-2 1 NC, 14-8-1 1 NC UFC +425)
Men’s Flyweight: Aamir Alabazzi (14-1, 2-0 UFC) vs Jhalgus Jhumgulov (13-5, 0-2 UFC)
still to come:
Lightweight: Dustin Poire (26-6 1 NC, 18-5 1 NC UFC, +250) vs. Connor McGregor (22-4, 10-2 UFC, -310)
Lightweight: Dan Hooker (20-9, 10-5 UFC, -140) vs. Michael Chandler (21-5, 0-0 UFC, +120)
Women’s Flyweight: Jessica I (15-8 1 NC, 5-7 1 NC UFC +100) vs Joan Calderwood (14-5, 6-5 UFC, -120)
Middleweight: Andrew Sanchez (13-5, 5-3 UFC, +120) vs. Makhmud Muradov (24-6, 2-0 UFC, -140)
Strawweight: Marina Rodriguez (12-1-2, 2-1-2 UFC, +260) vs. Amanda Ribas (10-1, 4-0 UFC, -330)
Lightweight: Matt Frivola (8-1-1, 2-1-1 UFC, +475) vs. Armaan Tsukuyan (15-2, 2-1 UFC, -650)
Middleweight: Brad Tavares (17-7, 12-6 UFC, -125) vs. Antonio Carlos Jr. (11-4 1 NC, 7-4 1 NC UFC, +105)
Women’s Bantamweight: Juliana Pena (10-4, 5-2 UFC, +110) vs. Sarah McMann (12-5, 6-5 UFC, -130)
Light heavyweight: Khalil Rautri Jr. (9-4, 2-2 UFC, -330) vs. Marcin Prencio (13-5, 0-3 UFC, +260)