UFC 257: Poirier vs McGregor 2 Preview & Expert Predictions: Can Poirier Avenge Prior Loss?
The first pay-per-view for the UFC in 2021 is a big one with the return of Conor McGregor for the first time in over a year as he takes on Dustin Poirier in a rematch from over six years ago as the two headline UFC 257. This event also marks the conclusion of three UFC fight cards in a week at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates.
It should come as no surprise to see McGregor as the favorite over Poirier when looking at the odds and below I will provide my UFC 257: Poirier vs McGregor 2 preview, expert predictions and odds for each fight on the main card.
Not only is this the return of McGregor to the Octagon, but also his return to the lightweight division where he held the title five years ago and competed with Khabib Nurmagomedov in October of 2018. A win over Poirier may set up a rematch with Nurmagomedov, or at least that’s what UFC President Dana White is hoping for.
Over the last three years, only one man has been able to beat Dustin Poirier and that was Nurmagomedov in September of 2019. However, if you look way back at September 2014, Poirier was stopped in the first round by Conor McGregor in the featherweight division, will things be different this time around?
Online sportsbook Bovada has released the odds for UFC 257: McGregor vs Poirier 2 and it is the former champion, McGregor, as the -280 favorite with Poirier coming back at +220. This means you would have to bet $280 to profit $100 with a McGregor win while a $100 bet on a Poirier victory would profit you $220.
Looking at the McGregor vs Poirier odds, our sports betting calculator tells us McGregor’s odds of -280 represent an implied win probability of 73.68 percent while Poirier’s odds of +220 have an implied win probability of 31.25 percent.
New to betting on the fights? Check out our UFC betting guide to help you get in the action. Also, be sure to keep an eye on our UFC odds page for the latest up-to-date betting lines.
Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier Preview, Prediction & Odds
It is crazy to think about it but with McGregor’s (-280) inactivity in the Octagon, he will be searching for his first lightweight victory since November of 2016 when he won the lightweight strap. Meanwhile, Poirier (+220) has been much more active over that span, fighting eight times since the start of 2017, posting a record of 6-1-1 with his only loss coming to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Prediction: Conor McGregor (-280) via knockout
For more on this fight check out my odds analysis article.
Dan Hooker vs Michael Chandler Preview, Prediction & Odds
Welcome to the UFC Michael “Iron” Chandler (+115) after spending nearly all of his career in Bellator and was a three-time lightweight champion there. Looking to spoil the debut and return to the win column is Dan “The Hangman” Hooker (-145) who is coming off two tremendous fight of the night performances in 2020.
Prediction: Michael Chandler (+115) via decision
Jessica Eye vs Joanne Calderwood Preview, Prediction & Odds
Two women looking to get back in the win column will be on tap to set up the main events. Jessica “Evil” Eye (-110) took a loss in her only appearance in 2020, falling to Cynthia Calvillo in a five-round decision. Similarly, Joanne “JoJo” Calderwood (-120) lost her 2020 fight by submission to Jennifer Maia who went on to fight for a title in her next fight.
Prediction: Jessica Eye (-110) via decision
Marina Rodriguez vs Amanda Ribas Preview, Prediction & Odds
Looking to remain undefeated in the UFC and run her winning streak six fights in a row is Amanda Ribas (-325). On the flip side, Marina Rodriguez (+250) is searching for her first triumph since August of 2019, taking a loss and a majority draw in her last to fights.
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