UFC fans are in anticipation as we finally see the return of Conor McGregor, as he is set for a January return, as he headlines UFC 257 against Dustin Poirier on Fight Island. This is going to be a huge event, which is always the case when McGregor fights and a victory could yet set him up for a potential title shot in the latter period of 2021.

The current betting odds make McGregor the short-priced favourite at a best priced 5/11 and there is no doubt that he is set to come in for some major support. Ohio sports sites have also been gathering much attention, with sports betting soon to be offered in the state, following the path of many other states most recently. McGregor will be making his first appearance since his dominant first round TKO stoppage of Donald Cerrone back in January at UFC 246. He was hoping to return again in 2020 but this has failed to materialise, with the pandemic certainly playing a role in this.

McGregor has a professional record of 22 wins and four defeats and has only lost twice in the UFC, in his 12 appearances. These coming against Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov, with the latter a defeat that proved to be the biggest event in the history of the organisation. This saw the pair headline UFC 229 and Khabib has since retired unbeaten and it is a fight that McGregor has been calling for, as he looks for the rematch. This is unlikely to take place but a victory over Poirier would certainly push the opportunity of this happening, in what would certainly break numerous records if it were to take place. McGregor also picked up a previous victory over Dustin Poirier back in UFC 178, with resulted in a first-round stoppage, so it will be fascinating to see the upcoming result.

Poirier has certainly improved since then and this is why he is short in the markets to pick up the victory at a general 28/15. He also has a professional record of 26 wins and six defeats and has long been one of the leading fighters in the organisation. Poirier has also been beaten twice in the UFC, since his defeat to McGregor, whilst also winning ten of these. The most recent defeat also came against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242, but he has since returned with a decision victory over Dan Hooker, in what was one of the fights of the year. There is no doubting he has improved a great deal since the pair last faced off, so it is now expected to be a much more competitive bout between the pair. So, let’s now get ready for fight island, as anticipation builds ahead of the event.

 

 

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