UFC fans are going to be in for a treat on January 24, when Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor meet in Abu Dahbi at UFC 257. The mouth-watering clash between the two fighters is a re-match, of course, of their clash in 2014 at UFC178, and McGregor has already issued a defiant prediction full of Celtic swagger about how things will turn out this time.
“I will knock Dustin out inside 60 seconds,” McGregor said during a UFC promotional video, a prediction that may turn out to be a little rash. No one can ever accuse McGregor of a lack of self-belief, however. The last time the fighters met on that night back in 2014, McGregor won by a first-round TKO, largely thanks to a jolting left hook that set the base for a follow-up barrage of blows.
That was only McGregor’s fourth fight in UFC, but he was soon crowned as UFC interim featherweight champion when he beat Chad Mendes a year or so later. His career has exploded since then and he is now undoubtedly the world’s most famous UFC fighter. The UFC 257 odds would appear to be in his favor too.
Will ‘Mystic Mac’ get to fight the mighty Nurmagomedov again?
The Irishman did take 40 seconds to beat Donald Cerrone in his last outing in the Octagon, though, so perhaps this prediction from ‘Mystic Mac’ will not be too far wide of the mark. He should approach Poirier with care, however.
The fight could have wider implications too, with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s UFC lightweight belt possibly on the line. The Russian fighter is currently retired, but UFC president Dana White looks like he might just have tempted him back to the Octagon.
Nurmagomedov has reportedly stated that he will make a comeback if “something special” is done by either McGregor or Poirier at UFC 257. Conor McGregor versus Khabib Nurmagomedov might yet happen again. When the two fighters last met, it was Nurmagomedov, thanks to a submission via a chokehold in round four. McGregor therefore has unfinished business with the Russian, though he has to get part the formidable challenge posed by Poirier first.
The American has improved since the last time he faced McGregor back in 2014. Out of his 12 fights since then, he was won 10, and one of his defeats came against the mighty Nurmagomedov, who remains unbeaten in UFC to this day. Poirier has held title belts too, beating Max Holloway for the interim lightweight title not long after that defeat to McGregor.
Where to find the best UFC 257 odds
If you want to find tempting Poirier vs McGregor 2 odds then we can help. 888Sport is a good place to start, and you can find prices of +210 for Poirier to win and -278 for McGregor. Other tempting UFC 257 odds at 888Sport include +600 on McGregor to win by decision or technical decision. The Irishman is priced at -139 to win by KO or TKO, while Poirier has odds of +450 on him being able to beat McGregor by KO or TKO. If you think that the American can win by submission then 888Sport has odds of +900. The odds for a McGregor win via the same method are +2500.
Any fight fans who suspect that the fight won’t go the distance can bet at odds of -400 at 888Sport, or +300 if you think it will. The odds on the fight ending in round two are +333 and +600 on round three. If you share McGregor’s belief that Poirier will be ‘gone in 60 seconds’ then you can back that outcome at a price of +1250. If you tend towards thinking that Poirier can win inside that time limit, your odds are +1450.
Elsewhere, Unibet is offering Poirier vs McGregor 2 odds of +600 on Poirier winning in rounds one or two, while the odds for McGregor winning at that time of the fight are +105. It’s also at Unibet that you will find odds of +125 on the fight lasting for more than 2.5 rounds, or -167 that it will be shorter than that. Given McGregor’s explosive history, we suspect that this fight might be a short one. That does not mean we are certain that the swaggering Dubliner will definitely win, though.
If you’re betting on UFC 257, Conor McGregor is definitely the favorite. Bettors who fancy a bit of a risky bet at tempting odds, though, might just fancy a punt on Poirier. The American certainly has all the tools to trouble McGregor, but it will be tough for him.