Conor McGregor’s Next Fight

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Conor McGregor returns to action on January 23, 2021 when he takes on Dustin Poirier, and has a full rundown of everything you need to know for this eagerly-anticipated rematch, including the McGregor v Poirier date and the McGregor v Poirier UK time.

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Conor McGregor’s Next Fight: vs. Dustin Poirier

It has been six year since Conor McGregor, then a rising star in the UFC, took on Dustin Poirier in his first real test since signing with the company. The Irishman was expected to be tested by Poirier, but ‘The Diamond’ had no answers for McGregor’s incredible striking prowess on the night. A left hook floored Poirier inside the first two minutes and a couple of follow-up punches wrapped up the contest. Poirier has been desperate for a second crack at McGregor ever since, and on January 23, 2021 he finally gets it.

“It’s a completely different fight [than the first fight],” UFC president Dana White told BT Sport. “Obviously Conor is a much better fighter than he was when he first faced him, and Poirier is a much better fighter too. I don’t know how that plays out now in the fight, but it’s definitely interesting. You can’t look at the first fight and go, ‘Oh, this is exactly the way that’s gonna go again.’ Because it won’t. Conor looks damn good, and Poirier’s always in shape. I expect this to be a good fight.”

When Is Conor McGregor’s Next Fight?

McGregor v Poirier is set to take place on January 23, 2021 and that ends speculation about another crossover fight that would see the MMA star face boxing legend Manny Pacquiao in the squared circle. McGregor has not fought since stopping Donald Cerrone inside a minute on January 18, 2020 while Poirier is looking to make it back-to-back wins after bouncing back from a title fight defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov with a decision success against Dan Hooker on June 27, 2020.

Where Will Conor McGregor’s Next Fight Take Place?

‘Fight Island’, which is Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, will host this event. The UFC started hosting events there in 2020, alongside events taking pace at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, and it has been confirmed that a limited crowd will be in attendance for McGregor’s first fight in a year.

Conor McGregor Next Fight Odds & Tips: Who Will Win McGregor v Poirier?

This fight is tougher to call than the September 2014 bout between the two men, which saw McGregor take out Poirier inside two minutes to continue his rapid rise up the featherweight ladder. Since that night McGregor has fought just eight times while Poirier has stepped into the Octagon on no less than 13 occasions, going 13-2 with one no contest. More importantly, ‘Diamond’ has improved considerably in that time too. Meanwhile McGregor’s inactivity in recent years is cause for concern and although he did make quick work of Cerrone after his last long absence, ‘Cowboy’ is past his best. Poirier, on the other hand, is in his prime. This is a tough one to call and that is reflected in the odds for the fight. While McGregor is an odds-on favourite, Poirier is far from being written off by the bookmakers at this time. Whether that changes in the run up to the fight, we will see.

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Conor McGregor’s Last Fight

Despite being arguably the UFC’s biggest star, Conor McGregor has rarely been seen in the Octagon over the past few years. After becoming the first fighter in UFC history to hold world titles in two different weight classes at the same time back in November 2016, the Irishman took a hiatus from MMA in order to take part in a huge cross over fight with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather the following summer.
He finally returned to the UFC in October 2018 to take on bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov in a fight for the lightweight title, but his quest to become a two-time 155lb champion ended in disappointment as he was dominated and stopped by the Russian star. Another lengthy absence followed that crushing defeat, but 2020 would mark the return of ‘The Notorious’.

Donald Cerrone, although a legend in the sport, was widely considered to be something of a ‘gimme’ fight for McGregor to help him get back to winning ways – the Irishman had, after all, not won a fight inside the Octagon for over three years! Therefore it was no surprise when he took out Cerrone in rapid fashion. The Irishman almost immediately damaged Cerrone’s nose with a series of shoulder strikes when the two men clinched, and when the two men separated McGregor picked his moment to unleash a head kick that rocked Cerrone. The former two-weight world champion quickly followed up, sensing the end was near, and a barrage of follow-up punches forced referee Herb Dean to step in with only 40 seconds on the clock.

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How Can I Watch The Conor McGregor Fight?

BT Sport continue to have UK broadcast rights for UFC events so UFC 257 will be made available to viewers in the UK on PPV via BT Sport Box Office. The cost for the McGregor v Poirier PPV is likely to be between £15 and £20.

McGregor v Poirier UK Time

Fight Not To Start Before 4:30am UK Time


What Time Is The Conor McGregor Fight?

While the two Fight Island cards leading up to this event are being broadcast in the evening in the UK, UFC 257 will take place in its traditional PPV time slot to suit the US PPV audience. That means the PPV card will get underway at 3am UK time and conclude between 6am and 7am depending on the number of fights and how many title bouts are scheduled. The estimated McGregor v Poirier UK time is between 4:30am and 5:00am UK time on the morning of Sunday, January 24.

As yet no details have been confirmed for the McGregor v Poirier undercard, although UFC president Dana White has revealed the event will be the culmination of an ‘international fight week’ that will see two more events take place in the week leading up to McGregor v Poirier.

Conor McGregor Facts & Stats

Record22 wins (19 KOs, 1 submission), 4 losses (3 submissions)
Striking Accuracy49%  (543 significant strikes landed, 1100 attempted)
Grappling Accuracy63% (8 takedown attempted)
Takedown Defence70%
Knockdown Ratio1.95
Average Fight Time8 minutes, 20 seconds
Height5′ 9″
Leg Reach40″
StanceSouthpaw (often switches to orthodox during fight)
UFC DebutApril 6th, 2013
Fastest UFC WinJose Aldo KO, 13 seconds (December 12th, 2015)
TitlesUFC featherweight, UFC lightweight, Cage
Warriors featherweight, Cage Warriors lightweight
Date Of BirthJuly 14th, 1988
Birth PlaceCrumlin, Ireland
ResidenceDublin, Ireland