When Conor McGregor steps into the octagon on Saturday, January 23 for UFC 257, it will have been just over a year since we’ve seen the biggest star in combat sports in action. Last time out, he finished Donald Cerrone in Round 1, thanks in large part to a brutal shoulder strike and head kick.
Now, as he steps back into the spotlight, it’s Dustin Poirier that has the task of trying to top McGregor.
The fight is scheduled to take place on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi and will be the second time these two have met in the octagon. The first time, which took place in 2014, McGregor TKO’d Poirier in the first round.
What type of fight is the sportsbooks and betting public expecting on Saturday? Let’s take a look at some of the numbers for the UFC 257 main event between Poirier and McGregor.
It’s no surprise that McGregor is making his return to the UFC as a massive favorite. A week before the fight is scheduled to take place, McGregor is sitting at -275 to top Poirier again. Those odds are indicative of a 73.3% chance of winning. The worst odds you can find on McGregor are -325, giving him a 76.5% shot of coming out on top.
As far as Poirier is concerned, he comes in riding a bit of a hot streak. Since 2017, Poirier has lost just one fight, and it was against the GOAT Khabib Nurmagomedov, who also defeated McGregor. As of Saturday, Poirier is +240 to win outright, meaning oddsmakers are giving him just a 29.4% chance to win.
And how is the public betting this mega-fight? Pretty similar to how the oddsmakers have priced it up. 73.23% of all moneyline wagers for this fight are on McGregor to win outright and only 26.77% of bettors are backing the upset.
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