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UFC 257 Predictions: Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler give their picks

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Calendar Icon20 January 2021

UFC rolls out their third event of the year, UFC 257 featuring Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier on Sunday, January 24, 2021, from the UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The spotlight is shining bright on the showdown between McGregor and Poirier and during the UFC 257 VMD, Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler also gave their predictions for the main event.

UFC 257: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier Prediction from Dan Hooker:

"I feel like it is not gonna like the first fight, I feel like it is not gonna be an early stoppage like the first contest. I feel like Dustin Poirier is a completely different fighter at this weight class, I feel like he's one of the bigger guys.

Definitely one of the most durable, one of the fittest which matches up well with Conor. Because he uses so much energy trying to knock his opponent out his energy does wane at some point throughout the fights. Whereas, Poirier's does not. So I feel like they match up incredibly well, I don't feel like it's going to be an early knockout like everyone says, like Conor's been saying. I feel like we're gonna see a five-round battle," Hooker said during the UFC 257 VMD.

UFC 257: Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier Prediction from Michael Chandler:

“If you know anything about Dustin Poirier, you know that he thrives in the battle. He relishes the challenge of being in the deep waters, of being cut up and bleeding, and beaten down. Because that's where he really pulls something out of himself and becomes that champion, that is Dustin Poirier. Conor, he's got some of the most precise, most powerful hands in the division.

He can put away anybody with the right punch, so in the first two rounds, if Dustin can evade that left hand, we're gonna see a very interesting fight late in the second, third, fourth, and fifth round. I think that's where Dustin Poirier can take over if the fight continues in that direction. So, we'll see. I think either of those scenarios could be probable, either way they're both gonna be entertaining. I'm gonna get my win, I'm gonna shower up real quick. Do my quick media and hopefully be out to watch the main event and possibly watch my next opponent,” Chandler said.

Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler will serve as the co-main event for the UFC 257 card which will happen on Sunday, 24 January 2021 at UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

How to watch UFC 257 in India |UFC 257 India Time | UFC 257 India Timing

You can watch the main card of UFC 257 in India on Sunday, 24 January 2021 at 8:30 AM IST on SONY TEN 1, SONY TEN 3 (Hindi), and SONY LIV.  You can see the complete UFC 257 fight card below.

UFC 257: 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

UFC 257: Prelims

  • Arman Tsarukyan vs. Nasrat Haqparast
  • Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
  • Sara McMann vs. Julianna Pena
  • Khalil Rountree vs. Marcin Prachnio
  • Nik Lentz vs. Movsar Evloev
  • Amir Albazi vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
  • Makhmud Muradov vs. Andrew Sanchez

What is your prediction for Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier? Let us know in the comment section.  

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