The first UFC pay-per-view card of 2021 takes place Saturday. The bout pits former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier, against ex-two division titleholder Conor McGregor. The lightweight scrap headlines the UFC 257 fight card.
Poirier and McGregor met in a 145-pound matchup in 2014. McGregor won that contest by TKO at the 1:46 mark of Round 1. A number of things have changed since these two first met.
Poirier moved up to lightweight after his loss to McGregor. He is 10-2-0-1 at 155 pounds and coming off a unanimous decision win over Dan Hooker. That win came after Khabib Nurmagomedov bested Poirier in a lightweight title unification contest.
Two fights after he stopped Poirier, McGregor defeated Chad Mendes to win the interim featherweight belt. He unified the 145-pound titles in December 2015 with a 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo. McGregor then went on to split a pair of welterweight scraps with Nate Diaz. In November 2016, McGregor became a two-division champion with a second-round TKO win over Eddie Alvarez.
The UFC later stripped McGregor of both titles for inactivity.
Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor in the fourth round of their October 2018 bout. The Irish fighter bounced back from that loss with a 40-second knockout of Donald Cerrone in January 2020. That bout took place at 170 pounds. McGregor has not competed since his brief fight against Cerrone.
Poirier is the No. 2 ranked fighter in the official UFC lightweight rankings, while McGregor checks in at No. 5.
Here is a look at how Poirier and McGregor compare in key stats ahead of their lightweight matchup.
UFC 257: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 2 head-to-head stats
|Sig. Strikes Lander Per Min.||5.57||5.43|
|Strikes Absorbed Per Minute||4.18||4.4|
|Takedown Avg./15 min||1.46||0.75|
|Submission Average Per 15 min||1.3||0|