ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates– A nontitle UFC lightweight rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier is main for UFC 257 on Saturday, as both fighters effectively made weight throughout Fridays weigh-in. McGregor (22-4), a former undeniable champion at light-weight, weighed in at 155 pounds. Poirier (26-6), who won an interim lightweight champion in 2019, tipped the scales at 156. The contest headlines UFC 257 on Saturday inside Etihad Arena.This will mark the 2nd contest in between the 2 lightweights. The first took location in 2014 and at the 145-pound featherweight limit. McGregor knocked out Poirier just 1:46 into the bout with his infamous left hand. That would in fact be Poiriers last fight at featherweight, as he went up to the lightweight division in his next bout.2 RelatedMcGregor has contended at light-weight only twice in his UFC career. He won the belt in his UFC light-weight debut in late 2016 by knocking out then-champion Eddie Alvarez. In 2018, he lost to defending champion Khabib Nurmagomedov by means of submission in the 4th round. McGregor, 32, has consistently said he has actually crafted his frame for a prolonged 155-pound run in 2021. In the co-main occasion, former Bellator MMA light-weight champ Michael Chandler (21-5) and New Zealands Dan Hooker (20-9) each successfully made weight. Chandler and Hooker was available in at 156 pounds.Its a huge week for the lightweight division, as UFC president Dana White has teased that Nurmagomedov, who revealed his retirement after sending Justin Gaethje in October, could return for one more fight if any of the four top lightweights on the card is excellent enough. Nurmagomedov, for his part, has actually repeatedly stated he does not mean to combat whenever soon, but he nonetheless remains the current light-weight champion.McGregor and Poirier were the first of the fighters to step on the scale on Friday. Instantly after, the UFCs Jon Anik revealed that the bout in between Ottman Azaitar and Matt Frevola had actually been canceled.
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