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UFC 257 live stream results and play-by-play updates for Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier rematch are going down right here on MMAmania.com TONIGHT (Sat., Jan. 23, 2021) on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Etihad Arena on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi. McGregor is hoping to replicate his performance from their original showdown back in late 2014, while “The Diamond” looks to prove he’s not the same fighter who got knocked out by “Notorious” at UFC 178. Before that hard-hitting headliner gets underway, former Bellator MMA champion Michael Chandler will announce his long-awaited presence against one of the toughest outs in the 155-pound weight class, Australian “Hangman” Dan Hooker.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 257 fight card below, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN+ and ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “McGregor vs. Poirier 2.” Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC 257 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)

UFC 257 QUICK RESULTS:

Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier — Poirier def. McGregor by KO (punches) at 2:32 of Round Two — HIGHLIGHTS
Michael Chandler vs. Dan Hooker — Chandler def. Hooker by TKO (punches) at 2:30 of Round One
Joanne Calderwood vs. Jessica Eye — Calderwood def. Eye by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Makhmud Muradov vs. Andrew Sanchez — Muradov def. Sanchez by TKO (knees and punches) at 2:59 of Round Three - HIGHLIGHTS
Amanda Ribas vs. Marina Rodriguez — Rodriguez def. Ribas by TKO (elbow and punches) at 0:54 of Round Two — HIGHLIGHTS
Matt Frevola vs. Arman Tsarukyan — Tsarukyan def. Frevola by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 30-26)
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Brad Tavares — Tavares def. Carlos Junior by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Sara McMann vs. Julianna Pena — Pena def. McMann by submission (rear naked choke) at 3:39 of Round Three — HIGHLIGHTS
Marcin Prachnio vs. Khalil Rountree — Prachnio def. Rountree by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Nik Lentz vs. Movsar Evloev — Evloev def. Lentz by split decision (28-29, 29-28 x2)
Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov — Albazi def. Zhumagulov by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

UFC 257 LIVE PLAY-BY-PLAY:

155 lbs.: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier

Round 1: 1-2 from McGregor to start. Straight left. Check hook lands for Poirier. Low kick. He shoots, completes a takedown. McGregor scoots to the fence. He makes it up a minute in, reverses. Trading shoulder strikes. Knees to the body from McGregor. Two minutes in. Poirier trying to change levels. McGregor reverses, back to the shoulder strikes. Foot stomp. Two minutes to go.

Elbow on the break connects. Big 1-2. Poirier threatens a shot. Right hook stings Poirier. High-low 1-2. Clean jab. One minute to go. Right hook from Poirier, low kick behind it. McGregor with a left hand against the fence, met by more low kicks. McGregor straight left, wheel kick blocked. Jabs from Poirier, McGregor to the body. McGregor straight left. 10-9 McGregor.

Round 2: McGregor coming on aggressively, answers calf kicks with punches. More calf kicks by Poirier. Counter 1-2 buzzes him in return. One minute in. McGregor straight left, then to the body. He catches a leg kick, lands a straight left. Again. Leg kick of his own. Poirier continuing to target the lead leg. Big 1-2 from McGregor. Poirier with a low kick and right hook that bother McGregor. Poirier unloading on the fence and a massive right hook crumples McGregor. A few more shots and out go the lights.

Final result: Poirier def. McGregor by KO (punches)


155 lbs: Michael Chandler vs. Dan Hooker

Round 1: Chandler pressuring early. Hooker circling, sending out low kicks. One minute in. More low kicks. Chandler tries a right to the body. More low kicks from Hooker. Chandler with a right downstairs, then up top, pressuring hard. Two minutes in. Chandler marches in and floors Hooker with a monstrous 2-3. A follow-up barrage sends the ref rushing into action.

Final result: Chandler def. Hooker by TKO (punches)


125 lbs.: Joanne Calderwood vs. Jessica Eye

Round 1: The pair meet in the center and duke it out in the clinch. Calderwood tries a takedown, lands an elbow as Eye takes her to the fence. They separate. One minute in. 1-2 by Calderwood, knees in the clinch. Eye takes her to the fence once again. Again they separate. Calderwood teep, eats a right, lands en elbow. Short rights from Eye and another clinch. Eye lands on the break two minutes in. Calderwood low kick, more clinch fighting. Calderwood 3-2, taken to the fence again. Eye punches, Calderwood knees with two minutes to go.

Another knee from Calderwood as they separate. More close-quarters engagements, 1-2 from Calderwood. Knees, elbows, body kick on the break. Eye landing her own shots but Calderwood seemingly getting the better of it. One minute to go. Eye lands a ncie jab downstairs, eats a body kick after landing punches. Another body kick, then an elbow from Calderwood. Right hand, lead elbow. 10-9 Calderwood.

Round 2: Eye continuing to advance, still getting the worst of it. Good punches by Calderwood, knee to the body. Teep to the face. Eye elbow, Calderwood knee. 1-2 from Calderwood, jabs. Hard punches from both, then Calderwood hits a knee tap before letting her up. One minute in. Jab exchange. Clinch punches from Eye, eats a knee upstairs, lands a right on the break. Calderwood body kick, Eye right cross, Calderwood low kick. Good combo from Eye met by an elbow. Two minutes in. More short punches by Eye met by heavy knees. Hard knee and kick to the body. 3-2. Two minutes to go.

Counter right by Calderwood, head kick attempt. Jab, right cross. Eye still pressing forward, getting picked apart at range. Eye right hand, Calderwood body kick. Calderwood with a spinning back kick attempt and a jab. Left hook. Elbow and body kick. Low kick, body kick, clinch exchange after abandoning a shot. One minute to go. Calderwood tries to spin, gets taken down. 10-9 Calderwood.

Round 3: Eye punches her way into the clinch against the fence. They trade knees. One minute in. Eye keeping her against the fence. Two minutes in. Ref separates them. Kicks from Calderwood, knees, low kick on the break. Clean right cross. Eye shoots, denied, lands a right and eats a low kick. Two minutes to go.

Combination from Calderwood. Straight right. Another right hand and she sprawls on a shot. Short uppercut, body kick. Jab, hard knees with a minute to go. Eye lands a body kick inside. Body kick from Calderwood in return. She tries a back elbow, eats a right hand. Calderwood tries to spin again, settles for knees and punches int eh clinch. Eye lands a knee, eats more in return. Hard knee to the head opens a cut on Eye. Big elbow by Calderwood and she sprawls at the end. 10-9 Calderwood.

Final result: Calderwood def. Eye by unanimous decision


185 lbs.: Makhmud Muradov vs. Andrew Sanchez

Round 1: Low kick lands for Muradov. Staying at range. One minute in. Jab exchange. Sanchez shoots, denied, eats a two-piece on the break. Counter right, eats one soon after. Both swing big in the center. Two minutes in. 3-2-head kick from Muradov, who lands on the break. More leg kicks. Sanchez lands a 1-2. Two minutes to go.

Sanchez lands a counter right, eats another leg kick. Muradov with a 1-2 downstairs. He tries a blitz. Low kick, front kick attempt after eating a right hand. One minute to go. Muradov catches a kick, can’t use it. Another leg kick. Right hands falling short. He tries a flying knee and again runs into that counter right. 1-2-level change, denied. 10-9 Muradov.

Round 2: Sanchez pressing forward to start this round. Muradov low kick met by a right cross. He takes a low blow. One minute in. More pressure from Sanchez, who shoots against the fence. Muradov defends, takes some knees to the thigh before separating. Cross counter by Sanchez. Two minutes in. Jab connects. Muradov with a couple big swings, eats a jab. Better round for Sanchez so far. Jab from Muradov. 3-2. Both land rights in the center. Two minutes to go.

Counter right from Sanchez appears to buzz Muradov, who comes back with a jab. Quick exchange. Muradov with a long right behind a left hand. One minute to go. Head kick just misses. Counter right from Sanchez. Glancing left hook. Glancing shots from Muradov. He tries a flying kick, lands a right cross. 10-9 Muradov.

Round 3: Early 3-2 from Muradov, coming on aggressively. Head kick just misses, right hand does not a minute in. Sanchez 1-2 just misses. Muradov bounces some swings off Sanchez’s guard. Body shot lands for him. Sanchez 1-2 just misses two minutes in. Quick exchange in the center. 1-2 from Muradov. 3-2 lands clean for Sanchez, who gets discombobulated by a right hand. Muradov backs him up with a flying knee and then unloads on the fence until the ref steps in.

Final result: Muradov def. Sanchez by TKO (knees and punches)


115 lbs.: Amanda Ribas vs. Marina Rodriguez

Round 1: Ribas advancing early. Rodriguez circling away. Right hand misses. One minute in. 1-2 connects. Ribas low kick a minute in. She ties up and hits a throw, landing in an awkward guard. Two minutes in. More traditional full guard know. Ribas using a can opener, settles for some short punches. Two minutes to go.

Continuing to work from guard. One minute to go. Rodriguez looking for wrist control. More ground-and-pound by Ribas. 10-9 Ribas.

Round 2: Brief clinch to start. Ribas tries to press the advantage and gets blasted by a right hand. Rodriguez continues to pound away and Herb Dean steps in, seemingly stopping the fight. As Rodriguez celebrates, however, DEan says it’s not over. They tie up again and Rodriguez slams home a vicious elbow before blasting her with another right hand to seal the deal.

Final result: Rodriguez def. Ribas by TKO (elbow and punches)


155 lbs.: Matt Frevola vs. Arman Tsarukyan

Round 1: Frevola tries an early wheel kick. Tsarukyan catches a leg kick for a takedown. Frevola shows a nice scramble to get to the front headlock and stand. Tsarukyan spins him back down with a single-leg. One minute in. Back up, and Frevola denies a throw and separates. Superman punch attempt. Tsarukyan with a staggered 1-2-3, avoids a spin. Frevola tries some big swings. Jab comes back at him. Well-timed shot by Tsarukyan, who falls victim to a lateral drop but rolls through to stand. Trading knees inside. Frevola’s are heavier. He tries an elbow on the break. Two minutes to go.

Both try to spin at the same time. Frevola low kick. Combo comes back at him. Tsarukyan jabs the body. 3-2 connects to kick off a combo. Counter 3-2, intercepting elbow. Frevola walking through it. One minute to go. Right cross by Tsarukyan as he retreats. 1-1-1-2. Frevola tries to step in with a heavy right, misses a front kick. Good right lands for him and a knee inside. Takedown attempt at the bell. 10-9 Tsarukyan.

Round 2: Big 2-3 from Tsarukyan to start. Well-timed double-leg. Frevola looking for the switch, gets it, taken back down into side control. Frevola regains guard a minute in. Short shots from Tsarukyan. Looking for more ground-and pound. Frevola scrambles up as Tsarukyan tries to take his back. Knees to the body from Tsarukyan. Drags him down with a body lock two minutes in. Frevola again works his way up and gets his other leg kicked out from under him. Two minutes to go.

Frevola trying to stay busy off of his back as Tsarukyan chips away from guard. Tsarukyan briefly threatens an anaconda, takes side control. Back to half guard. One minute to go. Tsarukyan sporting a cut. Looking for an arm triangle, takes the back. Good control. 10-9 Tsarukyan.

Round 3: Tsarukyan shoots under a right hand, nearly lands a head kick on the way up. He catches a body kick, lands a left hook. Jab to the body. 1-2. Low kick to jab a minute in. Spinning back kick attempt. 1-3. Continuing to pressure. Stiff jab. Right cross. Frevola not offering much this round, taken down via single-leg two minutes in. Hunting for a guillotine, nothing doing. He rolls to his knees and has to fight off a guillotine in return before they return to the feet. Counter three-piece by Tsarukyan. Two minutes to go.

Jab to level change, completes the high crotch and looks for the back. Both hooks in. Frevola scrambles free, caught in turtle again. He stands, dragged back down into side control. Frevola turns back to his knees, trying to scramble out of the RNC. Tsarukyan ends the fight ground-and-pounding. 10-9 Tsarukyan.

Final result: Tsarukyan def. Frevola by unanimous decision


185 lbs.: Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Brad Tavares

Round 1: Tavares busy with the leg kicks to start. Carlos Junior tries a combo, can’t connect. Tavares focusing on jabs and leg kicks. One minute in. Carlos Junior shoots behind a body kick, hunts a single-leg. Tavares defends and separates. Cross counter lands. Well-timed shot by Carlos Junior, somehow still can’t complete it. Two minutes in. Still looking to complete the shot against the fence. Two minutes to go.

They separate. Leg kick from Carlos Junior, harder one from Tavares. Counters from Carlos Junior. Another shot, One minute to go. Ugly nut shot sends Tavares to his knees. He takes some time to recover, lands another low kick. 10-9 Tavares.

Round 2: Tavares coming on aggressively, more leg kicks. Good right hand stings Carlos Junior, but gets taken down throwing a leg kick. Tavares immediately pops up, fighting off a re-shoot. One minute in. They separate before the two-minute mark. Jab from Carlos Junior, eats one in return. Nice combo by Tavares. Low kick. Jabs and low kicks from the Brazilian. Tavares continuing to control things on the feet. Two minutes to go.

Jabs from Carlos Junior now landing. He looks for a single-leg, can’t get it. One minute to go. Tavares lands a nasty combination, forcing a shot with a heavy right cross.He denies the shot, but lands a low blow on the break. Carlos Junior takes time to recover, eats more right hands upon his return. 10-9 Tavares.

Round 3: Tavares continuing to advance with jabs and leg kicks. Carlos Junior offering much the same in return. Right cross and left hook land for him. One minute in. Carlos Junior gets in deep, denied once again. Jockeying for position. Two minutes in. Carlos Junior tries a foot sweep. Ref separates them. Chopping right lands for the Brazilian, eats more leg kicks. Two minutes to go.

Tavares stuffs another takedown and lands a knee upstairs. Counter right, stiff jab. Carlos Junior catches a leg kick and takes him to the fence with a minute to go. Tavares continuing to defend. 10-9 Tavares.

Final result: Tavares def. Carlos Junior by unanimous decision


135 lbs.: Sara McMann vs. Julianna Pena

Round 1: Pena slips out of range of early punches, takes a low kick. Body shot from McMann. Good right hand as they exchange. One minute in. Both land good right hands. McMann fakes a shot, lands punches. Four-piece combo connects. 1-2. She shoots, hits a single-leg two minutes in. Looking for the back. One hook in against the fence. Two minutes to go.

Pena returns to her feet, eats knees. Pena looks for a guillotine, ends up on her back. McMann takes half guard with a minute to go. Back to full. Good elbow. Pena trying to bring up her guard. 10-9 McMann.

Round 2: Pena advancing early. 1-2 on the fence. She grabs a guillotine as McMann changes levels and pulls guard on it. McMann passes to side control in response, gets her head out, caught back in guard. Pena looking to set up a triangle a minute in, landing off her back. McMann avoids it, lands elbows. Two minutes in. Pena continuing to strike off of her back. She tries to scramble up and McMann takes her back. One hook in. Pena slips out and goes back to looking for a guillotine. McMann avoids it, grabs double unders with two minutes to go.

They trade knees to the body. Ref wants more action with a minute to go. Trading knees again. Pena with some hard shots on the break. Pressing the action late. 10-9 Pena.

Round 3: Pena continuing to pressure. Right hand lands. Continuing to land, puts McMann on the fence. McMann reverses. One minute in. Pena counters a throw to land on top. Side control. Two minutes to go. Pena landing hammerfists, looks for the back. One hook in, now two with two minutes to go.

Pena hunting the RNC. It’s in deep and there’s the tap.

Final result: Pena def. McMann by submission (rear naked choke)


205 lbs.: Marcin Prachnio vs. Khalil Rountree

Round 1: Both open with kicks. Prachnio checks a kick, tries counters. Slick head kick attempt. Good counter right. One minute in. Side kick. Another head kick attempt. Both whiff with their power hands. Prachnio landing leg kicks. Two minutes in. Rountree tries straight lefts, Prachnio sends out body kicks.. Body kick from Rountree, eats a leg kick. Straight left connects, then another. Prachnio side kick as he takes body kicks. Two minutes to go.

Counter left lands for Rountree. Prachnio side kicks, answers an incursion with a flurry. Both fire right hands. Prachnio head kick attempt and flurry. Body kick by Rountree in return. Prachnio to the body. 10-9 Prachnio.

Round 2: Rountree coming out more aggressively to start the round. Hard body kick, eats a leg kick in return. Left hook connects. One minute in. Good exchanges. Counter left by Rountree answers a low kick. Body shot, counter jab. Prachnio lands an overhand right and they exchange hard shots. Straight left by Rountree, then a counter. Two minutes in. Sneaky head kick attempt by Prachnio. Overhand right and leg kick. Short left from Rountree after denying an apparent level change. Prachnio attacks the body, eats a straight left. Two minutes to go.

Long body shot by Prachnio. Body kicks as well. Check hook by Rountree. Another. One minute to go. Prachnio leg kick, but he gets demolished by a right hook. He somehow pops back to his feet, where he eats a head kick. Body kick as well, another straight left by Rountree. Step-in elbow. Prachnio leg kick, survives the round. 10-9 Rountree.

Round 3: Both hit the body early. Jab from Rountree. Straight left connects. Body kick. Prachnio with a body kick, wades in with punches. Prachnio tries to shoot, eats a jab, denied. One minute in. Another jab by Rountree. Prachnio lands an overhand right. Leg kick. More wide swings. Good flurry. Two minutes in. Prachnio shoots again, denied again. Overhand right, body shot. Another overhand right. Body shot. Straight left by Rountree. Left hand stings Prachnio. Two minutes to go.

Jab lands for Rountree. Prachnio side kick, tries a head kick. They both look tired, but Prachnio’s staying active and lands right hands. 1-2. Body shot. Prachnio. PRachnio continuing to just outwork Rountree, tries a head kick. Rountree straight left, takes a right hand. More volume from Prachnio, eats a left hook and jab. Overhand right. 10-9 Prachnio.

Final result: Prachnio def. Rountree by unanimous decision


150 lbs.: Nik Lentz vs. Movsar Evloev

Round 1: Good low kick from Lentz. Sneaky uppercut. Evloev cracks him with a right hand in return. Lentz the aggressor so far, shoots against the fence. Knee to the body, looks for a takedown, ends up on the bottom a minute in. Lentz slowly cinches up a guillotine, which he uses to sweep. Impressive defense by Evloev, who eats a knee while caught in the front headlock a minute in. Evloev stuck in a three-pint stance against the fence. Nice sit-through by Evloev, tries to spin to the back, lands on top in guard. Lentz hunting for another guillotine with two minutes to go.

Evloev looking to pass his way free. He ultimately pops his head out and take half guard. One minute to go. Lentz elevates him with butterfly hooks, eats punches for his trouble. Decent punches by Evloev and he takes side control. Evloev continues to tear into him as Lentz tries to stand at the bell. 10-9 Evloev on the late surge.

Round 2: Leg kick from Lentz. Evloev advancing, eats a right hand. Straight left as well. Evloev tries a high kick. Lentz 1-2 after taking a leg kick. Stiff Evloev jab. One minute in. Hard lead right. Evloev seemingly starting to find the mark with his punches, lands a good sequence. Sneaky uppercut, slips the counter. Lentz answers a jab with a leg kick, then a body kick. Lentz shoots and hunts for another guillotine. Evloev slips out, shoots, scrambles out of another guillotine and cracks him on the way up two minutes in. Lentz with a knee downstairs as he’s pressed against the fence, then a right on the break. Good jab. Lentz left hook, Evloev jab. They trade right hands. Two minutes to go.

Brief clinch. Lentz lands a couple uppercuts and shoots. He separates and he’s having issues with his right eye. Evloev cracks that eye with jabs and stuffs a takedown. Lentz tries yet another guillotine. One minute to go. Evloev gets his head out, lands before they separate. Evloev with a jab, good punches. Lentz comes back with a leg kick. Again after eating a jab. Lentz zombie-walks into his own takedown attempt. 10-9 Evloev but both rounds could go either way.

Round 3: Early exchanges, Lentz low kick. Evloev landing jabs. Evloev getting the better of the punches as Lentz looks for low and body kicks. There’s a good sequence from Lentz. One minute in. Evloev with a right downstairs, walks into a right hand. Both land jabs. Evloev’s seems sharper so far. 1-2 lands. Lentz leg kick, Evloev right hand two minutes in. Lentz’s eye giving him issues, Evloev warned for eye pokes. Lentz shoots, Evloev grabs a kimura before landing hammerfists as he defends. Back up, short uppercuts by the Russian. Left hook, hard right hand after catching a kick with two minutes to go.

Lentz lands a body kick, eats another right hand for it. Evloev head kick attempt, spinning back kick. Evloev in full control of the striking at this point, good uppercut. One minute to go. Front kick attempt. Continuing to potshot Lentz. Nice jabs. Left hook, sequence of right hands. Spinning back elbows, more good punches. 10-9 Evloev.

Final result: Evloev def. Lentz by split decision


125 lbs.: Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov

Round 1: Zhumagulov on the front foot early. 1-3 connects. Albazi low kick, Zhumagulov overhand a minute in. Steady fight so far. Trading jabs. Two minutes in. Albazi lead right, forces Zhumagulov to the fence and lands a right hand. Albazi jabs. Step-in knee misses, met by a hook. Zhumagulov answers a calf kick with a body shot. Albazi shoots and drags him down with two minutes to go.

Zhumagulov scrambles up, Albazi still attached. Knee to the body before they separate. Zhumagulov tries to change levels, denied. Big left hook just misses, low kick lands. Albazi comes back with a calf kick. 1-2 with a minute to go. He tries a jumping knee that Zhumagulov meets with a spinning back fist. Zhumagulov hits a blast double into guard. Short punches. Close. 10-9 Zhumagulov?

Round 2: Albazi continuing to advance as Zhumagulov looks for left hooks. More calf kicks stinging Zhumagulov and Albazi cracks him with some right hands as well. Good jab by the Kazakh a minute in. Liver shot. Albazi calf kick. Jab connects after slipping a right hand. Trading low kicks. Two minutes in. Good overhand right by Zhumagulov, then a left hook. Albazi pops him with a jab in return. More pressure. Zhumagulov leg kick and body shot. Albazi calf kick with two minutes to go.

Albazi hops in with a knee to the body. Zhumagulov goes back to the body. Left hook. One minute to go. Albazi tries an elbow. Zhumagulov shoots, denied. Jab exchange. Albazi jab and uppercut and he sprawls on a shot, looking for the back. Good knee on the way up. 10-9 Albazi.

Round 3: Albazi back on the advance, lands another calf kick. Counter knee and jab. Jab down the middle. He shoots, denied, tries a jumping knee after avoiding a spinning back fist. Nice single-leg a minute in. Albazi on top in guard. Short elbows. Good pass to half guard. Looking for the back two minutes in. One hook in. Zhumagulov does a good job of scooting to the fence, but Albazi gets the other hook in anyway. Hunting the RNC. Two minutes to go.

Zhumagulov trying to turn, great control from Albazi so far. Zhumagulov explodes to his feet with a minute to go. Body shot lands for him. Right cross met by a knee. Zhumagulov definitely fighting like he’s behind, takes a calf kick and a heavy cross as he storms forward. Albazi with a jumping knee downstairs, takes a final leg kick. 10-9 Albazi.

Final result: Albazi def. Zhumagulov by unanimous decision