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UFC 257 Live Stream, Fights and Prediction

Once again Conor McGregor starts UFC’s pay-per-view account with UFC 257 held at the Etihad Arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The MMA event happens on 23rd January, Saturday. The lightweight main event between former Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor and former Interim Champion Dustin Poirier unfolds during wee hours for the UK viewers and on prime time for the US audience. 

 

The Notorious One sports a new look shaving his head and trimming his beard, he has vowed to end Poirier’s story within 60 seconds in this rematch. On 27th September 2014 the headline rivals locked horns for a contest which lasted just 1 minute and 46 seconds, the referee jumped in to stop the damage dealt upon Poirier.

 

Other prominent names in the fight card include Dan Hooker, Ottman Azaitar, Matt Frevola and Joanne Calderwood. The Russian Eagle Khabib Nurmagomedov had given an ultimatum to Dana White that he will return to the Octagon if he finds a worthy opponent in this event, as the latter pressed upon his comeback.

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How to Live Stream UFC 257?

ESPN network will broadcast the event in the USA through its channels and ESPN+ online platform. In the UK, BT sport is the official broadcaster of UFC. BELL holds the rights to broadcast the fights in Canada this year. UFC official website offers the UFC fight pass for the fans and viewers worldwide to live stream the event based on subscription.

Also, bet365.com offers a live streaming option for active betters in any of the fights in UFC 257.

UFC 257 Fight Card

Main Card

Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor

 

Dan Hooker vs Michael Chandler

 

Jessica Eye vs Joanne Calderwood

 

Matt Frevola vs Ottman Azaitar 

 

Marina Rodriguez vs Amanda Ribas 

 

Preliminary card

 

Arman Tsarukyan vs Nasrat Haqparast

 

Brad Tavares vs Antonio Carlos Junior

 

Julianna Pena vs Sara McMann

 

Khalil Rountree Jr. vs Marcin Prachnio

 

Predictions

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UFC 257 Fights

Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor

 

Dustin Poirier sets the stage for a takedown in steps. Gauging his opponent using feints and jabs, the Southpaw fighter pries upon the wasted attempts of his rivals. Breaking or building momentum is a cakewalk for Poirier, he can switch to orthodox swiftly for delivering combo punches and land death upon his opponents. His grappling techniques are superior to the Irishman, submission average for the American is 1.32 per 15 minutes while it’s 0 for McGregor. Kicks, which McGregor excels at, are not Poirier’s forte but the power factor makes it a significant aspect. Though grappling isn’t a go-to strategy for McGregor, the way he toppled Holloway to excruciating circumstances within the Octagon might spell danger if Poirier is careless with his kicks. 

 

Bulking up and maturing well through the incidents unravelling around him, McGregor is back for greatness. Not for mind games or fame or money, but for pure greatness with a zeal to find a place in UFC history as one of the greatest fighters of all time. McGregor is a master at creating chances that are not there otherwise. His ‘choke point’ deceives his opponents and isolates them through an imaginary dominance to his left, which in turn facilitates the perfect knockout. If the rival is absent, it would seem like the Irishman is punching the post. But he ain’t punching the air and his comeback might be an alarm for far greater moments in the future. 

 

McGregor and Poirier both, exercise shifting into a new stance to exploit the dominance they have on a retreating opponent, their ring IQ is almost equal, reach, height and records are all nearly level. It’s fit to say that this is a clash of the titans, the ‘Notorious One’ has the upper hand in this contest.

 

Dan Hooker vs Michael Chandler

 

‘The Hangman’ from New Zealand, Dan Hooker has had an eventful career since his Octagon debut in 2014. But he loses momentum whenever a herculean task is put in front of him like the Poirier bout. Dan Hooker went through a demanding chin test last June against the star of the night, Dustin Poirier, and passed it albeit losing the contest. With his sheer combination punches, hooks and grappling skills, Hooker is a lightweight nightmare who can’t be just brushed away. Bellator import Michael Chandler hails from America and is a balanced fighter like his night’s rival. His ground and pound is ferocious but lacks accuracy. Other aspects in which he loses points are, reach, height and age. The night favours Dan Hooker in all ways, Chandler will face disappointment in his Octagon debut.

 

Jessica Eye vs Joanne Calderwood

 

Though in the business for more than five years, this is the first time Jessica Eye and Joanne Calderwood touch gloves with each other. Both the rivals are coming off a loss, Calderwood passed out backstage after the first round armbar submission by Jennifer Maia but recovered later. The Scottish fighter leaves it to the judges often just like her rival. Calderwood’s takedown average is 1.61 while Eye is 0.46, she also has a better takedown accuracy and submission average than Eye. If Eye can avoid takedowns and take it to the third round, she has a chance. Otherwise, Calderwood will finish it on the mat.

 

Matt Frevola vs Ottman Azaitar

 

‘Bulldozer’ Ottman Azaitar is a reckless knockout artist from Germany, striding undefeated in 13 contests inclusive of the two Octagon appearances. Azaitar has a whopping ten knockout victories, his first-round knockout of Khama Worthy was sheer power. He threw punch after punch on Worthy’s face, making the referee stop the fight within two minutes. Not much is known about the Moroccan’s takedown and grappling ability but ‘the Steamrolla’ Matt Frevola has incredible submission skills and good takedown power. Absorbing punches from his opponents comes naturally for Frevola. The two DWTNCS graduate will put up a tough fight, Azaitar is the one likely to register a win at Etihad Arena.

 

Marina Rodriguez vs Amanda Ribas

 

A fascinating bout unveils as Amanda Ribas reduces weight to face Marina Rodriguez under the strawweight category. The two Brazilian rivals for the night each have only a single loss to their name. Ribas hasn’t gone through a defeat inside the Octagon while Rodriguez got the taste of it in her last contest against Carla Esparza. The ground game of Ribas is top-notch, she subdued Paige VanZant gone July through an armbar. Claiming six victories through decision, Rodriguez stumbles with grappling but is a good striker. It will be Ribas’ night if she can tackle Rodriguez to the mat early.

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