A rematch almost six years in the making is here as the UFC caps off their action packed week while MMASucka provides UFC 257 results. The main event features a rematch that is about six years in the making. The first man to hold two belts simultaneously, former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor makes his return. After about a year away, McGregor faces off against former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier. These two first met in 2014 at UFC 178 as McGregor would finish the fight by TKO in the first round.
Since the loss, Poirier has put together a record of 10-2 with one no contest. Over that time, he picked up notable wins over Justin Gaethje and former champions, Anthony Pettis and Eddie Alvarez. In 2019, Poirier fought for the interim lightweight title against the featherweight champion at the time, Max Holloway. The two met at UFC 236 as Poirier earned the unanimous decision win after a hard fought fight. Poirier challenged for the undisputed title later that year, losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov by submission at UFC 242. In his most recent fight, Poirier picked up a unanimous decision win over Dan Hooker at UFC on ESPN 12.
As for McGregor, since he defeated Poirier in 2014, he has put together a record of 6-2. Of course, over that time, he would go on to win the featherweight and lightweight championships. To earn the featherweight title, McGregor finished Jose Aldo in thirteen seconds at UFC 194. After his rivalry with Nate Diaz which took up most of 2016, McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title later that year. After being stripped of the title for inactivity, he earned an immediate title shot upon his return against Nurmagomedov, losing by submission in the fourth round. In his most recent fight, McGregor defeated Donald Cerrone by TKO in forty seconds last January at UFC 246.
UFC 257 Results
The co-main event also features an important lightweight match up as Dan Hooker welcomes former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler to the UFC. In Hooker’s last five fights, he has put together a record of 3-2. The first loss was against Edson Barboza, losing by TKO. After that, Hooker won his next three straight fights including a knockout over James Vick and decisions over Al Iaquinta and Paul Felder. In his last fight, he lost to Dustin Poirier by unanimous decision. As for Chandler, his last two fights for Bellator both ended by knockout, including a win over former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.
Kicking off the main card will be a women’s strawweight fight between Marina Rodriguez and Amanda Ribas. Rodriguez looks to pick up a win following a recent loss and draw while Ribas looks for her sixth straight win. Following that fight will be a middleweight fight between Andrew Sanchez and Makhmud Muradov. Sanchez enters off of a recent knockout win while Muradov looks for his fourteenth straight win to improve his UFC record to 3-0. Finally, before the lightweight co-main event will be a women’s flyweight bout. Former title challenger Jessica Eye takes on Joanne Calderwood as both women look to rebound from recent losses.
Follow along with MMASucka as we provide you with the results throughout UFC 257.
MAIN CARD (PPV/ESPN+ – 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Dustin Poirier def. Conor McGregor via TKO (Strikes) at 2:32 of Round Two
Michael Chandler def. Dan Hooker via TKO (Strikes) at 2:30 of Round One
Joanne Calderwood def. Jessica Eye via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Makhmud Muradov def. Andrew Sanchez via TKO (Punches) at 2:59 of Round Three
Marina Rodriguez def. Amanda Ribas via TKO (Punches) at 0:54 of Round Two
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN/ESPN+ – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Arman Tsarukyan def. Matt Frevola via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Brad Tavares def. Antonio Carlos Junior via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Julianna Pena def. Sara McMann via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:39 of Round Three
Marcin Prachnio def. Khalil Rountree Jr. via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass – 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT)
Movsar Evloev def. Nik Lentz via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Amir Albazi def. Zhalgas Zhumagulov via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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