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Surprise! Dustin Poirier headed to UFC 287

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One of the biggest names in the 155-pound division is headed to UFC 287.

Former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier will be making his on-air debut as desk analyst for the upcoming “Pereira vs. Adesanya 2” pay-per-view (PPV) event, joining broadcast veteran Michael Eaves and famed MMA coach Din Thomas for the post-fight festivities this Sat. night (April 8, 2023) at Miami-Dade Arena in Miami, Florida.

That’s according to MMA Junkie.

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OCTAGON RETURNS TO THE GREAT WHITE NORTH! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Canada for the first time in almost four years when it hosts UFC 289 inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sat., June 10, 2023. In UFC 289’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event, women’s Bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, will lock horns with No. 5-ranked 135-pound contender, Irene Aldana, while former Lightweight kingpin and current No. 1-seeded contender, Charles Oliveira, battles No. 4-ranked Beneil Dariush in the co-feature with 155-pound title implications on the line.

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The report also indicates that Joe Rogan will be making his return to the broadcast table alongside fellow color commentator Daniel Cormier. Jon Anik is charged with play-by-play duties with the occasional appearance from roving reporter Megan Olivi. “Veteran Voice of the Octagon,” Bruce Buffer, will once again handle fighter walkouts.

Poirier, 34, is currently ranked No. 2 in the lightweight division and last competed at UFC 281 in New York, picking up a submission victory over fellow action fighter Michael Chandler. The 29-7 (1 NC) “Diamond” has been loosely tied to a potential Justin Gaethje rematch; however, nothing is official at this time.

UFC 287 will be headlined by the middleweight championship do-over pitting current 185-pound kingpin Alex Pereira against former division titleholder Israel Adesanya. Elsewhere on the card, ex-welterweight title challengers Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal collide for a spot in the crowded 170-pound title chase.

Remember that will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 287 fight card right here, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard on ESPN/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.

To check out the latest and greatest UFC 287: “Pereira vs. Adesanya 2” news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive event archive right here.

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