UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor Betting Preview
For the first time in almost a year, fans are once again in attendance for UFC events. The promotion is allowing 2,000 fans for all their cards on Fight Island, starting last week with the card televised on ABC featuring Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar. That will give the upcoming fights some extra juice, including UFC 257 on Saturday. Dustin Poirier will take on Conor McGregor in this PPV event that will be available through ESPN Plus.
The main card for UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor will start on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10 p.m. ET in the Etihad Arena in Yas Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi.
UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor Betting Odds
Dustin Poirier +260
Conor McGregor -310
Love him or hate him, no one draws eyeballs like Conor McGregor. He has millions of fans that love his every move, and that has helped make him a sizable favorite in his rematch with Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.
McGregor became the first person to knock out Poirier in their first meeting more than six years ago at UFC 178. He caught Poirier with a left hook that sent Poirier to the canvas, finishing the fight in the first round. That was the second bout in the middle of a five-fight streak that saw McGregor win Performance of the Night honors each time.
The former featherweight and lightweight champion is no longer as fearsome as he was five years ago though. McGregor was 19-2 at the end of 2015, but he is just 3-2 since that point with submission losses to Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov. He avenged his loss to Diaz, but it’s been a while since he took on a premier fighter as Donald Cerrone has not won any of his last five fights.
That gives Poirier more of a chance than you might think from these odds. Poirier is 5-1 in his last six fights, defeating top tier fighters like Anthony Pettis, Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, Max Holloway, and Dan Hooker. His only loss in that stretch came against Nurmagomedov, so he has some of the best value you will find in MMA betting.
Dan Hooker -130
Michael Chandler +110
Hooker is on the card too. Oddsmakers have only made him a slight favorite against promotion newcomer Michael Chandler. While Chandler is new to the UFC, he was a legend in Bellator, and he holds numerous records in the lightweight division of that promotion.
While Hooker has yet to fight for a title, he has taken on many of the top lightweights in the UFC. He has acquitted himself well, ranking sixth in the current lightweight rankings. Promotional debutantes don’t have a good history coming over from other MMA organizations, so Hooker is the play at this price.
Jessica Eye -107
Joanne Calderwood -113
Two of the top women’s flyweights will square off too when Jessica Eye takes on Joanne Calderwood. Eye did not get off to a good start in the UFC. After going 10-1 in other promotions, she went 2-5 in her first seven UFC fights, and her first win was overturned after she tested positive for marijuana. Eye has since recovered with victories in four of her last six bouts, but she only defeated Kalindra Faria and Katlyn Chookagian by split decision.
Calderwood was a decorated kickboxer before making the move to MMA. She has had her ups and downs since joining the UFC though with a 6-5 record over the last six years. Calderwood has repeatedly come up short against the best fighters in her class, so Eye is the pick at virtually even money.