UFC megastar Conor McGregor took to Twitter and dropped an iconic ‘Mystic Mac’ premonition, heading into UFC 257. January 23, 2021, will mark McGregor’s return to the cage after an absence of almost a year. He will compete against Dustin Poirier in a grudge match that could shine the light on the next divisional champion.
Conor McGregor is now determined to reassert the dominance he had exhibited early in his career with a statement performance. Additionally, he’s not short of confidence considering he’s had tremendous success against Poirier in the past. McGregor has spent a majority of his campaign talking up a storm about his return, and he’s now ready to deliver.
The aforementioned lightweights first scrapped back in 2014, where McGregor handily got the better of Poirier in their contest. Dustin fought emotionally and it was clear that the Irishman across him had a natural poise that couldn’t be taught. Now, several years later, the evolution is apparent, and it’s clear that the two fighters will bring forth new looks.
UFC 257- Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier: How did we get here?
McGregor’s return comes off the back of yet another retirement that he announced following the events of UFC 250. At the time he stated a lack of competition, however, it’s clear that a Poirier rematch is more than enticing. The retirement came off the back of a scintillating 40-second TKO finish over Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in January 2020.
Dustin Poirier was on the comeback trail himself in 2020 after he lost his 2019 title shot to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a devastating fashion. He bounced back from his longest career lay-off with a ‘Fight of the Year’ contender performance against Dan Hooker. The grit and toughness he’s shown in his contests as of late is the strongest indicator of his growth.
UFC 257 comes in to be one of the most anticipated events in recent memory, simply because of the high stakes involved. Michael Chandler also makes his UFC debut against Dan ‘Hangman’ Hooker in the co-main event of the card. What’s more, there’s no doubt that the future of the lightweight division will play out at UFC 257.