UFC 257 face-offs: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor returns to the Octagon on Saturday following a year on the sidelines. He’ll face Dustin Poirier in a main event rematch. But first, watch as McGregor and Poirier stare each other down during the first UFC 257 face-offs.

McGregor hasn’t set foot in the cage since his 40-second knockout of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246 in January of 2020. Frustrations with UFC officials and the pandemic led him to announce his retirement in June. He walked that back recently to ink the fight with Poirier.

Poirier, however, hasn’t been much more active than McGregor during that stretch. He defeated Dan Hooker in June of 2020, but prior to that hadn’t fought since losing to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in October of 2019.

UFC 257 also features the promotional debut of former Bellator champion Michael Chandler, who faces Hooker in the co-main event in Abu Dhabi.

Watch the UFC 257 face-offs, which followed the UFC 257 Pre-Fight Press Conference, where Poirier squared off with McGregor and Hooker stared down Chandler ahead of Saturday’s bouts.

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Re-watch all the heated face-offs between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier from their first match-up

McGregor and Poirier are much more subdued in their banter for UFC 257 than they were when they first met at UFC 178 in 2014. There were several times that the two faced off before that fight, generally leading to some explosive encounters. Take a look back at those exchanges ahead of Saturday’s fight.

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