UFC 257 Picks & Predictions
As was the case throughout 2020, the scheduling nightmare sports organizers have faced continues into the new year. The venue for UFC 257 has yet to be announced, though it’s likely to take place somewhere in the U.S., with the date set for January 23rd. Be sure to keep checking back with this page to see any changes to the fight card.
As it stands, we have the fight card as it’s been announced so far below. The weigh-ins will be coming up in the coming weeks, so check that out to see how the fighters look before the big event. Our in-house UFC experts will chop up the fights below and take a look at the odds.
UFC 276: Main Fights
- Dustin Poirier (26-6-1) vs Conor McGregor (22-4-0)
- Jessica Eye (15-8-1) vs Joanne Calderwood (14-5-0)
- Khalil Rountree Jr. (8-4-1) vs Marcin Prachnio (13-5-0)
- Marina Rodriguez (12-1-0) vs Amanda Ribas (10-1-0)
- Brad Tavares (17-7-0) vs Antonio Carlos Junior (11-4-0)
- Matt Frevola (8-1-1) vs Ottman Azaitar (13-0-0)
Conor McGregor (1.40) vs Dustin Poirier (2.90)
Conor McGregor hasn’t since his emphatic first-round victory over Donald Cerrone back at the start of 2020. He’s since decided to retire, and then rejoin the UFC in an attempt to build his profile once again. He comes into this one as the favorite across most top UFC betting sites.
The UFC betting odds certainly favor the “Notorious”, but his opponent is a veteran of the sport. He lost out last time they met in another first-round victory, though Conor was on the streak that took him to two titles back then.
Regardless, from what we saw earlier in the year, McGregor is as deadly as ever. His range of striking and ability to deal with takedowns makes him a very dangerous opponent. Poirier isn’t in the same league as fighters like Khabib.
Take Conor McGregor to win this one.
To beat Dustin Poirier
Conor McGregor to win in the second round (5.00)
Conor put Cerrone under a lot of pressure in the first and got the victory, which is something we’ve seen McGregor do throughout his career. His explosive style suits a quick fight. Fighters like Pettis and Nate Diaz can endure strikes, Conor not so much.
The UFC events schedule is yet to announce a location for the event, but Conor is sure to draw his usual high-spirited fanbase to wherever the bout takes place. Poirier is able to go toe-to-toe with Conor, which makes us feel he’ll play a more disciplined game.
We expect Conor to aim to finish the fight early, as always, but maybe out of respect for his opponent, it may take longer than he would like. Conor to take both rounds, but not manage to get the KO until the second.
Expect Conor to win in the second.
To beat Dustin Poirier in the Second
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