How to watch UFC 257: Conor McGregor returns to the octagon for a PPV match on ESPN+ tonight

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Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier
Conor McGregor defeated Dustin Poirier in their 2014 meeting at UFC 178.

Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor is returning to the octagon to face #2 ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257 tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

McGregor has fought just twice since 2016, losing the lightweight championship to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018 and scoring a first round knockout against welterweight Donald Cerrone in January 2020. The UFC star has flirted with retirement but said he was “grateful” for his latest UFC booking.

McGregor beat Poirier with a first round knockout in their last meeting at UFC 178 in 2014, when both fighters were in the lighter featherweight class. Poirier has posted an impressive 8-2 record since that match, including a short reign as UFC’s interim lightweight champion.

McGregor vs. Poirier will have lasting implications on UFC’s lightweight division – reigning champion Nurmagomedov announced his own retirement after defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, leaving the championship belt open for the taking. Gaethje remains the division’s top ranked fighter, but lost a head-to-head match with Poirier in 2018. The winner of UFC 257 could face Gaethje in a title fight for the vacant lightweight championship.

UFC 257 will be held at the UFC Fight Island campus on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Fans will not be allowed to attend due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the venue makes it easier for UFC to host international fighters and safely quarantine staff. A total of three events will be held at UFC Fight Island in January.

Updated on 1/23/2021 by Steven Cohen: The fight card for UFC 257 has been revised and the language in this article has been updated for timeliness.

Here’s the match schedule for UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor

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Early Prelims – 7 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. PT on UFC Fight Pass

  • Nik Lentz versus Movsar Evloev [Catchweight]
  • Amir Albazi versus Zhalgas Zhumagulov [Flyweight]

Prelims – 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN

  • Khalil Rountree Jr. versus Marcin Prachnio [Light Heavyweight]
  • Julianna Peña vs  Sara McMann [Women’s Bantamweight]
  • Brad Tavares versus Antonio Carlos Junior [Middleweight]
  • Arman Tsarukyan versus Matt Frevola [Lightweight]

Main Card – 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ for $69.99

  • Marina Rodriguez versus Amanda Ribas [Women’s Strawweight]
  • Andrew Sanchez versus Makhmud Muradov [Middleweight]
  • Jessica Eye versus Joanne Calderwood [Women’s Flyweight]
  • Dan Hooker versus Michael Chandler [Lightweight]
  • Dustin Poirier versus Conor McGregor [Lightweight]

How to watch UFC 257

UFC 257 is separated into three portions: the early prelims, the prelims, and the main card. The early prelims are only available to UFC Fight Pass subscribers, while the prelims will air on ESPN+ and the ESPN cable channel. The main card is an ESPN+ exclusive pay-per-view event.

This means that you have to subscribe to the ESPN+ streaming service before you’re able to purchase the main card PPV. An ESPN+ membership costs $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year. The UFC 257 PPV event costs $69.99 for ESPN+ subscribers.

You can access the ESPN+ app on all major mobile and connected TV devices, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, and more.

Ways to save on the UFC 257 pay-per-view price

If you plan on signing up for ESPN+ to watch UFC 257, you can take advantage of a special discounted package.

New subscribers can purchase a year-long ESPN+ membership with access to UFC 257 included for a total of $89.98. That’s over 30% off the standard price. Following your first year of service, ESPN+ will then renew for the regular annual price of $59.99.

Bundle the next UFC PPV with an ESPN+ Annual Plan to save over 30% 

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Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor

UFC superstar Conor McGregor will make his highly anticipated return to the octagon at UFC 257 on January 23, where he’ll face #2-ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier in the main event. The main card of UFC 257 is a $69.99 pay-per-view event and will be exclusive to members of the ESPN+ streaming service.

ESPN+ normally costs $5.99 per month or $59.99 for an annual subscription, but new subscribers coming in for UFC 257 can get a 30% discount if they bundle the PPV event with one year of ESPN+. With the deal, you’ll pay $89.98 for UFC 257 and a full year of ESPN+. Without the deal, that combination would normally cost $129.98. 

The bundle deal also presents a good alternative for people who might be thinking of signing up for a monthly ESPN+ plan just to watch the PPV. If you sign up for one month of ESPN+ and buy UFC 257, it will cost you $75.98. The bundle deal gives you 11 more months of ESPN+ for only $14 more.

ESPN+ subscribers can also watch every UFC Fight Night event at no extra cost, and members get access to replays, highlights, more live sporting events, and a large library of ESPN original shows.

After a year, your ESPN+ subscription will renew at the normal $59.99 per year price unless you cancel or alter it. ESPN+ is also available in a monthly bundle with Hulu and Disney Plus starting at $12.99 per month. For more info on what’s included with ESPN+, be sure to check out our full breakdown.

If you’re looking for more details on Poirier vs. McGregor, we’ve also got a full rundown of how to watch UFC 257, and Insider combat sports correspondent Alan Dawson is always following the latest news, rumors, and results coming out from UFC.

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How to watch UFC 257: Conor McGregor returns to the octagon for a PPV match on ESPN+ this Saturday

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Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier
Conor McGregor defeated Dustin Poirier in their 2014 meeting at UFC 178.

Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor is returning to the octagon to face #2 ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257 on January 23.

McGregor has fought just twice since 2016, losing the lightweight championship to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018 and scoring a first round knockout against welterweight Donald Cerrone in January 2020. The UFC star has flirted with retirement but said he was “grateful” for his latest UFC booking.

McGregor defeated Poirier with a first round knockout in their previous meeting at UFC 178 in 2014, when both fighters were in the lighter featherweight division. Poirier has posted an impressive 8-2 record since that bout, including a short reign as UFC’s interim lightweight champion.

McGregor vs. Poirier will have lasting implications on UFC’s lightweight division – reigning champion Nurmagomedov announced his own retirement after defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254, leaving the championship belt open for the taking. Gaethje remains the division’s top ranked fighter, but lost a head-to-head match with Poirier in 2018. The winner of UFC 257 could face Gaethje in a title fight for the vacant lightweight championship.

UFC 257 will be held at the UFC Fight Island campus on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Fans will not be allowed to attend due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the venue makes it easier for UFC to host international fighters and safely quarantine staff. A total of three events will be held at UFC Fight Island in January.

Here’s the match schedule for UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor

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Early Prelims – 6:15 p.m. ET, 3:15 p.m. PT on UFC Fight Pass

  • Andrew Sanchez versus Makhmud Muradov [Middleweight]
  • Nik Lentz versus Movsar Evloev [Catchweight]
  • Amir Albazi versus Zhalgas Zhumagulov [Flyweight]

Prelims – 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN

  • Khalil Rountree Jr. versus Marcin Prachnio [Light Heavyweight]
  • Julianna Peña vs  Sara McMann [Women’s Bantamweight]
  • Brad Tavares versus Antonio Carlos Junior [Middleweight]
  • Arman Tsarukyan versus Nasrat Haqparast [Lightweight]

Main Card – 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ for $69.99

  • Marina Rodriguez versus Amanda Ribas [Women’s Strawweight]
  • Matt Frevola versus Ottman Azaitar [Lightweight]
  • Jessica Eye versus Joanne Calderwood [Women’s Flyweight]
  • Dan Hooker versus Michael Chandler [Lightweight]
  • Dustin Poirier versus Conor McGregor [Lightweight]

How to watch UFC 257

UFC 257 is separated into three portions: the early prelims, the prelims, and the main card. The early prelims are only available to UFC Fight Pass subscribers, while the prelims will air on ESPN+ and the ESPN cable channel. The main card is an ESPN+ exclusive pay-per-view event.

This means that you have to subscribe to the ESPN+ streaming service before you’re able to purchase the main card PPV. An ESPN+ membership costs $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year. The UFC 257 PPV event costs $69.99 for ESPN+ subscribers.

You can access the ESPN+ app on all major mobile and connected TV devices, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, and more.

Ways to save on the UFC 257 pay-per-view price

If you plan on signing up for ESPN+ to watch UFC 257, you can take advantage of a special discounted package.

New subscribers can purchase a year-long ESPN+ membership with access to UFC 257 included for a total of $89.98. That’s over 30% off the standard price. Following your first year of service, ESPN+ will then renew for the regular annual price of $59.99.

Bundle the next UFC PPV with an ESPN+ Annual Plan to save over 30% 

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