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McGregor vs Poirier 2: Conor McGregor returns at UFC 257 – all you need to know
- Updated: January 23, 2021
Conor McGregor returns to the octagon for the first time in 12 months when he fights Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 on Abu Dhabi’s Fight Island on Saturday.
The bout is a rematch of their 2014 encounter, which McGregor won via a first-round knockout, and will take place in front of a limited number of fans in line with coronavirus protocols.
The Irishman has not fought professionally since beating Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone inside 40 seconds last January.
The 32-year-old McGregor has promised to “deliver a masterpiece”, knowing victory could set up a potential mouth-watering rematch with bitter long-term rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But what has McGregor been up to in his year away from the UFC, who is the ‘Diamond’ Dustin Poirier, and how can you follow the fight on the BBC?
Here’s everything you need to know about the blockbuster fight.
Where has McGregor been?
Saturday’s main event marks the third time McGregor has come out of retirement after announcing an end to his professional fighting career last June.
He had previously announced his retirement in 2016 and 2019 before twice returning to the octagon.
In September, McGregor shared screenshots of an alleged conversation with UFC president Dana White, citing his frustrations with the UFC’s failure to book his fights in 2020.
“Sometimes you have to take yourself out of a situation if you’re not being appreciated,” McGregor told ESPN, saying his retirement was born out of a “lack of respect” from the UFC.