Tomorrow night’s massive UFC 257 pay-per-view main event is a go, as both No. 2 lightweight Dustin Poirier and No. 4 Conor McGregor made it official by both hitting the 156-pound limit for a non-title fight.
Poirier is higher-ranked but also the underdog, and he came in exactly at 156 pounds. The 32-year-old from Lafayette, LA is 26-6 in his MMA career, with six wins and just one loss since 2017, that coming to undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor is 22-4 as an MMA professional, and he checked in at 155 lbs. The biggest star in combat sports also has a loss to Khabib on his recent resume, and he’s also taken time away from the octagon to fight Floyd Mayweather. But he’s still one of the most lethal punchers in the world, and took care of a veteran in Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in just 40 seconds on January 18th of last year.
McGregor followed up that fight with a short-lived retirement, and threats to have fights in other places, but eventually Dana White got him back into the octagon for an unknown amount of pay-per-view back end points.
There’s always massive amounts of hype around McGregor, but this should be a compelling bout between two competitors in their primes. We’ll see if it lives up to the billing.
Right now McGregor is a -335 favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, with Poirier at +275 underdog.