We’re barely a month into 2021 and the UFC is already preparing to serve up what could be one of the PPVs of the year on ESPN+ with one of the most anticipated rematches sitting right at the summit of the card.
Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor, arguably MMA’s biggest star, returns to the Octagon almost a year to the day to face off against Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier in a lightweight rematch that could tempt current UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov out of retirement for one last fight.
Everyone’s attention might be on the main event of Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 2, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the card is lacking in any way. There aren’t any championships being defended, but some of the best veterans and prospects are set to step into the Octagon. Here’s a run down of the card.
Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier (Lightweight) 8211; This hotly anticipated fight is the second time The Notorious and the The Diamond have stepped into the Octagon together with McGregor picking up the win with a first round TKO at UFC 178 in 2014.
Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler (Lightweight) 8211; Chandler, a former three time Bellator World Lightweight Champion, makes his UFC debut against Hooker, who looks to bounce back from his loss to Poirier last June.
Matt Frevola vs. Ottman Azaitar (Lightweight) 8211; Veteran Frevola hasn’t fought since 2019 following a COVID scare and an injury that forced him out of two previous bouts. He faces German-Morroccan fighter Azaitar in his third fight in the UFC.
Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas (Women8217;s Strawweight) 8211; Prospect Ribas looks to make it six wins in a row against fellow Brazillian Rodriguez who badly needs a ‘W’ following a previous loss and a draw.