Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC 257 goes down live on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
Today’s show will feature the return of Conor McGregor to the Octagon, as he fights for the first time in a year when he meets former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier. The co-main event also takes place in the lightweight division, with three-time Bellator 155-pound champion Michael Chandler making his UFC debut against Dan Hooker.
This post will cover the main event bout between Conor and Poirier.
Today’s show is a standard PPV even though it’s taking place in the UAE. There are two Fight Pass fights, which should kick off around 7pm ET/4pm PT. Things will move to ESPN and ESPN+ for four more fights at 8pm ET, and then we’ll go over to PPV at 10pm ET as per the norm.
Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
Round 1 - Straight left from Conor. Poirier with a right counter. Low kick from Poirier. Poirier with a takedown! Conor is in a seated position against the fence. McGregor up quickly. Shoulder check against the fence from McGregor. Poirier spins him and looks for a single. McGregor defending well and he reverses. They battle it out there for a while, then reset. Low kicks from both men. McGregor looks for a hook kick but misses. Low kick from Poirier. 10-9 McGregor.
Round 2 - Low kick from Poirier. Conor with his own. Low kick again but Conor trips him up. And lands his own low kick. Body shot and a straight left from McGregor. Conor catches another kick and low kicks Poirier. Again. Nice left from Poirier. Conor misses with a left but gets caught with a counter. The next one connect. Poirier with a big left against the fence! Conor is staggered! ANOTHER LEFT DROPS MCGREGOR!! POIRIER FOLLOWS UP AND STOPS CONOR MCGREGOR!
Dustin Poirier defeated Conor McGregor via TKO (punches), 2:32 of round 2