Conor McGregor shows off his new $1m watch
It promises to be a thrilling fight, with McGregor vowing to put on a “clinic” and a “masterpiece” as he bids to showcase a new and improved version of The Notorious, 12 months removed from blitzing Donald Cerrone inside 40 seconds. The Irishman has vowed to “hit him early and hurt him”, with an early night likely to only heighten the calls for a rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov, who retired after defeating Justin Gaethje last year, with McGregor desperate for a chance at redemption and bad blood remaining after fresh accusations levelled at the Russian.
It promises to be a thrilling year or so following this new version of The Notorious, who appears to be fully motivated and desperate for activity and the best challenges, insisting this could be the first of seven fights between now and the summer of 2022. "The truth is the fight game will never get rid of me," McGregor told ESPN+. "Conor McGregor will be here until the day I go out. So that's it. If they line me up, I'll get about seven fights in the next year and a half. That's what I want."
Elsewhere on the card, you can expect some cracking fights, with Dan Hooker vs Michael Chandler, Jessica Eye vs Joanne Calderwood, Matt Frevola vs Arman Tsarukyan and Marina Rodriguez vs Amanda Ribas. Follow live updates from the prelims and the main undercard, building up all the way to the big one, will the legend of McGregor burn bright once more or will one of the sport’s most improved fighters, buoyed by his outstanding streak of victories, shock the world?
McGREGOR: THE WAR IS NOT OVER
"It's a tough business," McGregor said on a potential rematch with Khabib. “Things have gone on in his personal life. I don't wish him any harm. Like I said, it was in 2018. A lot of time has passed.
"The world knows this fight is not over. This war is not over. The sport needs it to happen; the people need it to happen. I'm not gonna chase it if he doesn't want it. And that's it. I'll keep my calm and move on.
“And that's what I'm doing. I'm back here in the 155-pound division. I'll show the world what's what over time.”
CORMIER: KHABIB WILL NOT BE TEMPTED BY MONEY
"I think for Khabib, it's got to be something competitively. His financial position is so different. I just think it's not going to be money any more," Cormier said of a potential rematch between his friend and Conor McGregor.
“(It would take) something competitive that goes 'wow, this makes me want to put everything else aside and prepare for a fight!', because that's what it takes.”
KHABIB MAKES McGREGOR VS POIRIER PREDICTION
Khabib Nurmagomedov expects Conor McGregor to wipe out Dustin Poirier early on at UFC 257 but has warned his bitter rival he is in big trouble should the lightweight contest stretch to three rounds or more.
The Russian will be in Abu Dhabi at the Fight Island to take in the big fight, having beaten both fighters in his illustrious career before retiring last year following his win over Justin Gaethje.
McGregor has promised to deliver a “clinic” and a “masterpiece” with his performance tonight and Khabib seemingly concurs, with his expectation that it will be an early night for the American.
The Russian expects his bitter rival to triumph on the Fight Island in Abu Dhabi tonight
McGREGOR WANTS SEVEN UFC FIGHTS IN 18 MONTHS
"The truth is the fight game will never get rid of me," McGregor told ESPN+.
"Conor McGregor will be here until the day I go out. So that's it. If they line me up, I'll get about seven fights in the next year and a half. That's what I want."
UFC 257 UNDERCARD
Dan Hooker vs Michael Chandler (lightweight)
Jessica Eye vs Joanne Calderwood (women’s flyweight)
Matt Frevola vs Arman Tsarukyan (catchweight)
Marina Rodriguez vs Amanda Ribas (women’s strawweight)
Brad Tavares vs Antonio Carlos Jr (middleweight)
Julianna Pena vs Sara McCann (women’s bantamweight)
Khalil Rountree Jr vs Marcin Prachnio (light heavyweight)
Andrew Sanchez vs Makhmud Muradov (middleweight)
Nik Lentz Movsar Evloev (catchweight)
Amir Albazi vs Zhalgas Zhumagulov (flyweight)