The long-awaited rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier is upon us. At the Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island, these two top-ranked fighters will go toe-to-toe in a lightweight bout with the winner poised to take a shot at the lightweight championship. UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 is the first big MMA pay-per-view event of the year, and as a PPV, it’ll air live only on ESPN+ — but there’s still time to sign up and save $40 on the pay-per-view if you’re a new subscriber.
ESPN+ is the go-to streaming app for all things sports and it’s a special treat for MMA fans thanks to ESPN’s tight relationship with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. ESPN+ holds exclusive broadcasting rights to UFC pay-per-view events like UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2, and it’s hands-down the best way to watch UFC fights online. That means that if you’re looking for a way to watch UFC 257, you’ll need to sign up for ESPN+ and take advantage of the PPV bundle deal while there’s still time.
UFC 257 is Conor “The Notorious” McGregor’s return to the Octagon following his retirement announcement last June. Prior to that, McGregor (22-4) defeated Donald Cerrone via first-round knockout in January at UFC 246, where he fought at welterweight. Many suspected that McGregor’s second retirement would not last long, and they were right: Later in 2020, it was announced that the Irish fighter would be stepping back into the ring in a lightweight rematch against Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (26-6).
McGregor and Poirier faced off once before in 2014. At UFC 178, the two fighters — then featherweights — fought on the main card, where McGregor claimed the victory when he stopped Poirier with a TKO one minute and 46 seconds into the first round. Poirier landed more significant strikes in that bout, however, and as more than six years have passed since their first encounter, the playing field is obviously not the same as it was then. Poirier is now the second-ranked lightweight fighter on the UFC roster while McGregor is fourth, and both men boast similar records and previous championship wins. The victor at UFC 257 is almost certain to get a shot at the lightweight belt as well, so the stakes are high.
A one-year subscription to ESPN+ costs $60 while the UFC 257 PPV ticket costs $70 ($130 total), but there’s still time for new subscribers who sign up for ESPN+ now to grab both for $90 and enjoy a nice $40 discount. If you already have ESPN+, then you’ll unfortunately have to shell out the $70 for the UFC 257 pay-per-view, but you can still save by upgrading to which includes ESPN+, Disney+, and ad-supported Hulu for just $13 per month. That saves you a cool 25% off the price of each separate subscription.
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