There is a feeling within the mixed martial arts sport that UFC needs Conor McGregor just as much as the fighting Irishman needs the octagon. Only few athletes have the ability to transcend the sport they have chosen to excel in, but that is certainly the case with McGregor.
McGregor has made UFC a worldwide brand to follow. The 32-year-old returns to the octagon for his rematch with Dustin Poirier on Saturday as the pair headline UFC 257 at the Etihad Stadium on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Over the years, several fights have been hyped so much that the event fails to deliver, but with McGregor, that will not be the case as the Dubliner delivers every time he pulls the gloves on.
This is the latest chapter in a chequered career for McGregor.
Conor McGregor Boxing Career: Main Points
McGregor had made headlines right from his first fight on March 9, 2008, when he defeated Gary Morris with a second-round TKO. It has not only been inside the octagon that the warrior has been headline news as controversy has followed him closely away from the sport with a rap sheet almost as long as his list of professional fights.
Banished from the sport that he loved by UFC president Dana White, McGregor – known as ‘Notorious’ – realized he needed to amend his way to fulfill his potential in the cage. He did that, and after beating Donald Cerrone after just 40 seconds in January 2020, McGregor has his fighting career back on track.
Six years after McGregor beat Poirier with a first-round TKO, the pair return to the octagon in another must-see bout. A lot has happened since that fight.
Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Match in Canada
McGregor fought Floyd Mayweather in a one-off boxing bout in 2017. After giving himself a good account, McGregor conceded defeat after going 10 rounds with the four-weight world champion. Before that pay-per-view fight, which exceeded 5.3 million buys, the two biggest boxing stars and UFC went on a whistle-stop promotion tour, which included a trip to Toronto where thousands turned up to share their love with the Irishman.
McGregor has fans worldwide, but that day in Toronto with a cameo appearance from Drake, earned ‘Notorious’ an army of new followers to take his followers on Instagram to over 38 million.
Where Can Canadians Watch the Match?
His legion of fans in T.O and across Canada will be watching this weekend’s fight with interest and hope that their man can make it two wins from two over Poirier, who is the same age as the former featherweight and lightweight champion.
UFC 257 Betting Odds and Predictions
Not only will this be one of the most-watched sporting events in 2021, but it will also produce one of the biggest betting handles for a sports event this year. The mega-fight between McGregor and Mayweather generated a betting handle of around $100m, which is a level only experienced for Super Bowls.
Poirier (+250) will enter the octagon as the underdog, but that will not stop him in his quest for revenge for his early loss in the first meeting with McGregor, and he will be doing all he can to win for the 27th time in 33 fights. But most of the handle will be on McGregor (-305) to improve his record to 23-4.
For those looking to place a bet, betting recreationally in Canada means winnings will not be taxed. But hurry, the fight is taking place this Saturday, on 23rd of January. For all the build-up to Saturday’s fight, go to UFC website and follow the action on the host broadcaster’s website ESPN.
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