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Conor McGregor yells out to the crowd at the UFC 246 weigh ins. Photo Credit: Reuters

McGregor Returns to the UFC Octagon

Conor McGregor is one of the most famous and most successful fighters in the UFC, so his return to the Octagon is causing a huge buzz in the MMA world, for fans the world over. The Irishman is known for causing a stir wherever he goes and this is no exception. In Abu Dhabi, on the 23rd January of this year, McGregor is set to take on his old rival Dustin Poirier in a very long-awaited rematch.

The first fight between the two saw McGregor finishing it off in the first round. Poirier on the end of a McGregor thrashing, But, that was over six years ago, at UFC 178. We’re now at UFC 257 and there has been plenty of water under the bridge. However, despite the time gone by, all major bookies, such as Sportsbet, still see McGregor as the favourite by quite a long stretch.

The Road to the Title

The outcome of this fight could have huge ramifications for the winner – and the loser. The holder of the UFC lightweight title, Khabib, has since retired, and his belt is up for grabs. So, the winner of the fight would most definitely head up towards the front of the queue for a chance at the title. However, losing it could mean getting shoved to the back. Neither fighter will want that to happen. McGregor will have confidence on his side, but Poirier will look to cause an upset, and he certainly has the skills.

The Winner

Most people will look to McGregor as the winner, and punters will be quick to put their wagers in his corner. However, Poirier won’t go down without a fight. He will definitely want to cause an upset, and his record suggests it could happen. Noth fighters are a similar age and the same height, with McGregor just edging his opponent on reach. When it comes to fighting stats, there’s not much to separate the two. In his time, McGregor has had 26 professional with a record of 22-4. Meanwhile, Poirier has more fights to his name – at 33 pro fights and a record of 26-6 (1 no contest).

Where to Find the Action

The fight will take place in Abu Dhabi on 23rd January 2021. However, if you don’t have the option of flying out to the action, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out. The fight is available as a Pay Per View event on a number of major sports channels, such as ESPN+. However, if you do make bet on the fight, then a number of major bookmakers will offer punters a chance to live stream the fight if their bet is big enough and they have enough money in their accounts. If you do opt for a PPV option, then you can expect to pay a premium price, considering the size of the event.

However, you should get your money’s worth. For the money, you will get to see another 12 UFC bouts, including Dan Hooker Vs Michael Chandler and Jessica Eye Vs Joanne Calderwood, as well as the main event.

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