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What time does UFC 257 main card start?

Because of the time difference, and a new arena in Dubai that will allow fans to attend, it will be a late night for MMA fans on America’s east coast.

Opponents Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor of Ireland face off during the UFC 257 weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 22, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

UFC is back in action on Fight Island in the United Arab Emirates late Saturday evening for its UFC 257 PPV event. The 11-fight card is headlined by a lightweight bout featuring Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier in a rematch of their 2014 fight. The main card will have no championships on the line, although there is a debate as to whether or not McGregor-Poirier should be for the vacant lightweight title.

UFC 257 will air on ESPN+ PPV and the event gets underway at 7 p.m. ET with the early preliminary card. Once the two early preliminary fights wrap, the preliminary card is scheduled to start 8 p.m. ET. There are currently four fights on that part of the card.

The main card is currently scheduled to get started at 10 p.m. ET. Even if it is delayed, that’s close enough to plan your evening accordingly. And if you only care about the main event between McGregor and Poirier, it’s estimated that will start just after midnight ET. That’s 9 a.m. Dubai time, so it’s going to be interesting to see how the change in sleep pattern impacts all the fighters.