Dana White Announces Massive News for UFC 257- Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier Get Huge Advantage

Published 01/06/2021, 4:30 AM EST


UFC President Dana White revealed big news ahead of the first-pay-per-view of 2021. White confirmed that the lightweight bout between Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier will determine the no.1 contender for the lightweight belt.

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‘The Notorious‘ returns later this month, as he fights in the lightweight division for the first time since his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. The former two-division champion is looking to get another shot at Nurmagomedov’s throne. And so is Dustin Poirier.

‘The Diamond’ was defeated by ‘The Eagle’ at UFC 242. He has since returned to winning ways winning a 5 round war against Dan Hooker last year.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor (top) fights Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout during UFC246 at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor won by first-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

McGregor on the other hand demolished Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds at UFC 246, in 2020. He is looking to dismantle Poirier once again, as he knocked out the Louisiana native within 2 minutes in their first meeting in 2014, at UFC 178.

The champion Nurmagomedov announced retirement at UFC 254 after submitting Justin Gaethje and defending his gold subsequently. But he is set to meet Dana White later this month in Abu Dhabi and is expected to announce a clear decision on his fighting future.

But with the recent announcement by the UFC President, the stakes for the main event at UFC 257 have risen through the roofs. Both fighters have championship aspirations at the moment. And the UFC has given them the perfect stipulation ahead of the bout.

Conor McGregor is as motivated as ever

The Irishman is focused and hungry yet again. Many believed McGregor’s best days as a fighter is behind him after all the fame and success he had achieved. His performance against Nurmagomedov was indicative of that too.

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 06: (R-L) Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia attempts to submit Conor McGregor of Ireland in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

But it seems like ‘The Notorious’ has regained his focus and work ethic. He has also promised the fans a masterpiece in his fight at UFC 257, in typical ‘Mystic Mac’ fashion.

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McGregor has been eyeing to get his rematch against Nurmagomedov since his defeat in 2018. And now with the new revelation by Dana White, it looks like he might finally get his shot at redemption against the Russian.

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Who gets the win at UFC 257 and becomes the new no.1 contender for the lightweight belt? Let us know.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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