UFC 257: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 2 -- How to watch and stream, plus expert analysis and predictions

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Conor McGregor returns to the Octagon after a yearlong absence on Saturday, taking on Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The lightweight fight, which could produce the next challenger for the championship, takes place at new Etihad Arena on the city's Yas Island, which the UFC has dubbed Fight Island.

The main card starts at 10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view, which fans can purchase here. Prelims are on ESPN and ESPN+ starting at 8 p.m., with early prelims on ESPN+ at 7 p.m.

The fight is a rematch of a 2014 meeting at featherweight, which McGregor won via first-round TKO. McGregor went on to become the first fighter to reign as champion in two UFC divisions simultaneously, while Poirier has gone on to be a top challenger in the 155-pound division.

Poirier (26-6, 1 NC) has suffered only one defeat in his last eight fights, that being a 2019 submission loss to champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Poirier is No. 3 in the division in ESPN's rankings, and McGregor is ranked 10th.

McGregor (22-4) has won three of his past four, the loss also coming in an unsuccessful challenge of Nurmagomedov.

The co-main event is also a meeting of ranked 155-pounders: Dan Hooker, No. 6 in the ESPN rankings, against former Bellator champ Michael Chandler, who is No. 7 and making his UFC debut.

How to watch the fights

Watch the prelims on ESPN or ESPN+: Download the ESPN App | WatchESPN | TV

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There's also FightCenter, which offers live updates for every UFC card.

Saturday's fight card

PPV (via ESPN+), 10 p.m. ET
Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor | Lightweight
Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler | Lightweight
Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood | Women's flyweight
Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov | Middleweight
Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas | Strawweight
ESPN/ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET
Matt Frevola vs. Arman Tsarukyan | Lightweight
Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior | Middleweight
Julianna Pena vs. Sara McMann | Women's bantamweight
Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Marcin Prachnio | Light heavyweight
ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET
Movsar Evloev vs. Nik Lentz | Catchweight (150 pounds)
Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov | Men's flyweight

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