The Mac is back! Conor McGregor is set to mark his first appearance in the Octagon in a year with his latest comeback bid - starting with a rematch against American Dustin Poirer at UFC 257. Read on as we explain how to get a UFC 257 live stream and watch McGregor vs Poirier 2 online, no matter where you are in the world this January.
Date: Saturday, January 23 2021
Main card start time: 10pm ET / 7pm PT / 3am GMT / 2pm AEDT
Estimated McGregor vs Poirier 2 time: 12am ET / 9pm PT / 5am GMT / 4pm AEDT
Venue: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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The much-anticipated lightweight showdown on Abu Dhabi's Yas Island is the follow-up to a 2014 clash between the two fighters, which saw McGregor win by a first round TKO at UFC 178. It was one of the most dominant display of the Irishman's illustrious career, one which saw him wrap up victory within two minutes after landing a massive left-hook on Poirier.
The two UFC vets have shared remarkably similar records since that encounter, with both suffering a pair of losses - in both cases, the most recent came at the hands of Khabib Nurmagodemov.
With Khabib now out of the picture after his recent retirement, this fight is being regarded by many as a lightweight title eliminator, with the reward for the winner a likely match-up with Charles Oliveira for the belt later in the year.
It's set to be one of the 2021's early sporting talking points, so follow our guide below as we explain how to get a McGregor vs Poirier 2 live stream and watch UFC 257 online - plus key details like the McGregor vs Poirier 2 date and time.
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How to watch UFC 257: McGregor vs Poirier 2 from outside your country
Read on for specific information on who is showing a UFC 257 live stream on TV and PPV in different countries including the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
But the first thing worth mentioning is that anyone who finds themselves abroad for the event can still watch via their usual home broadcaster or service by using a VPN.
Otherwise known as a Virtual Private Network, it's a nifty bit of software that lets you access content from your home country completely legally. Crucially, this means you and won't have to loiter around the internet's sketchier corners for a stream.
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How to watch UFC 257: live stream McGregor vs Poirier 2 in the US
You'll need to be subscribed to ESPN+ in order to watch UFC 257 in the US. However, if you aren't already a subscriber, there's an easy way to save cash on your membership and PPV fight at the same time.
You can buy a year's subscription to ESPN+ and access to this weekend's fight for just $89.98. Considering members usually have to pay $69.99 for this fight on top of their subscription (that comes in at $59.99 a year), that's an excellent offer. If you're already a member you can pick up that PPV ticket by itself for the usual price of $69.99.
Early prelim coverage starts at 6.30pm ET / 3.30pm PT, followed by the main card at 10pm ET / 7pm PT, with McGregor and Poirier expected to enter the Octagon some time from 12am ET / 9pm PT - depending on the pace of the other fights.
A subscription to ESPN+ also opens up access to live UFC Fight Nights, alongside original content including Dana White’s Contender Series, UFC Destined, and Ariel & The Bad Guy, plus classic fights, replays, and there’s also the perk of fewer commercials.
UFC 257 live stream: how to watch McGregor vs Poirier 2 in the UK this January
BT Sport has exclusive broadcast rights to UFC events in the UK right now. However, unlike a number of recent cards which were shown on its subscription channels, UFC 257 will be a pay-per-view event - no great surprise with Conor McGregor headlining the bill.
To watch all the action from Yas Island live you'll therefore need to pay a one-off fee of £19.95.
You can catch the full coverage of all the preliminary cards shown from 11.30pm on Saturday, January 23 on BT Sport Box Office, where you should soon be able to pre-order the fight..
Don't feel like staying up that late? BT Box Office also shows spoiler-free replays so you can catch all of the action the next day. Both forms of coverage are available on a wide range of UK services and devices like Sky, Virgin TV, Google Chromecast and more.
If you're looking to watch BT Sport's coverage but find yourself outside the UK and want to tune in, it's simple to do with a handy tool – simply grab a VPN and follow the instructions above to get a McGregor vs Poirier 2 live stream in the UK.
McGregor vs Poirier 2: live stream UFC 257 in Canada
There are a host of pay-per-view providers offering a McGregor vs Poirier 2 live stream in Canada this month.
You can head to the likes of Shaw, Bell, Rogers, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus , Eastlink with pricing at CAD$64.99. It's also available on the UFC Fight Pass PPV.
Tune into the main card from 10pm ET / 7pm PT on Saturday, January 23.
How to watch McGregor vs Poirier 2: live stream UFC 257 in Australia
Kayo's option isn't available to sign up for until Wednesday 20, but the Main Event PPV costs $54.95 and the main card is set to take place at 2pm AEDT on Sunday, which should mean that you won't have to get up early to catch the main event.
McGregor and Poirier are expected to make their way toward the Octagon around 4pm.
You can also catch all the prelims and the main card using UFC Fight Pass .
McGregor vs Poirier 2 live stream: how to watch UFC 257 in New Zealand
Sky Arena is offering New Zealand viewers a McGregor vs Poirier 2 live stream - with the PPV priced at NZ$39.95 for all the main card action.
You'll want to make sure you're watching from at least the 4pm NZDT main card start time on Sunday, January 24 to get all the action.
The headline McGregor vs Poirier is expected any time from 6pm NZDT, depending on how the rest of the card plays out.
UFC 257: all you need to know about McGregor vs Poirier 2
When is McGregor vs Poirier 2? UFC 257 date and time
McGregor vs Poirier 2 takes place at UFC 257, which is scheduled for Saturday, January 23.
While final details are still to be confirmed, the UFC 257 prelim card is scheduled to begin at 6.30pm ET / 3.30pm PT / 11.30pm GMT, 10.30am AEDT.
This leaves main McGregor vs Poirier 2 card slated to start at 10pm ET / 7pm PT / 3am GMT , 2pm AEDT - with the two MMA stars expected to enter the Octagon from around 12am ET / 9pm PT / 5am GMT / 4pm AEDT.
Who are Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier?
Ireland's Conor McGregor remains UFC's most recognisable name, face and biggest overall draw.
The 32-year-old unified the featherweight division with his title win in 2015, and the following year he became a two-division champion by winning the lightweight title.
As well as a number of high profile run-ins with the law over the years, The Notorious also infamously fought boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr back in 2017 - a money-spinning one-off fight that earned him a disclosed purse of $100 million.
After a 'shock' retirement from MMA in March 2019, McGregor returned with a 40-second TKO against American Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone back in January last year.
Louisiana's Dustin Poirier comes into the the fight with a solid record of 26-6.
Since being defeated by McGregor in 2014, 'The Diamond' has gone on to beat some of UFC's biggest names, with wins chalked up against the likes of Justin Gaethje, Max Holloway and Dan Hooker.
The 31 year old is a former interim UFC Lightweight champ - but like McGregor suffered a career-halting defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a title unification bout at UFC 242 in 2019.
Who is the favorite to win McGregor vs Poirier 2?
While Poirier has always impressed in UFC's 155-pound weight class, most bookies appear to view McGregor as having the psychological edge over his opponent, and have therefore installed the Irish fighter as the favourite to prevail once again.
When did McGregor and Poirier last step into the cage?
It's a full 12 months since The Notorious made his much heralded UFC comeback in Las Vegas, with a blistering 40-second TKO of Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone proving to be his lone appearance last year.
Poirier, meanwhile, was able to set up this clash after a battling unanimous decision victory over Dan Hooker back in June last year - widely regarded by many MMA pundits as one of the best fights of 2020.
What are the other highlights of UFC 257 this January?
The main supporting fight is an intriguing clash between that sees the UFC debut of Michael Chandler, with the former Bellator champ up against number six-ranked Dan Hooker in another 155-pound clash.
The bill also includes an eye-catching match-up between the two top contenders in the women's flyweight division, with Jessica Eye and Joanne Calderwood battling out for the right to a mandatory title fight.
UFC 257 full card
The full card for this event is yet to be finalized, with all fights subject to last minute changes.
• Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
• Michael Chandler vs. Dan Hooker
• Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood
• Khalil Rounree Jr vs. Marcin Prachnio
• Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas
• Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
• Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar
• Shane Burgos vs. Hakeem Dawodu
• Andrew Sanchez vs. Andre Muniz