UFC 257 main event
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 21: (L-R) Opponents Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor pose face off for media during the UFC 257 press conference event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 21, 2021 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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UFC 257 is upon us. The main event is a battle between two of the lightweights best, former two-division champion Conor McGregor will face off in a rematch against former interim champion Dustin Poirier. 

Rather than predicting the fight itself, let’s take a look at this fight from a simulated format with EA UFC 4. Operation Sports attempted to predict the future as they simulated McGregor versus Poirier ten times on UFC 4.

Much like the odds in this fight, McGregor has a 90 percent chance of winning according to the good folks at EA Sports.

They faced off 10 times, with the Irish bad boy winning nine out of those 10 times. One of the filthiest ways he won was a beautiful head kick knockout, which would surely win knockout of the night honors.

In an interview with Ariel Helwani for ESPN, McGregor was very outspoken, like usual, that he was miles ahead of Poirier in terms of skill and would undoubtedly finish him. 

“I’m highly confident that shots I will need to land will be will be hit home inside that first 60 second mark,” McGregor told Helwani in a sit down interview. “If Dustin can withstand them and more power to him, I know he’s hoping it’s a war on a drag, that war back and forth. I am actually excited about that. Also, I wouldn’t be against that. I’d actually love that I would actually relish a war with Dustin.”

McGregor (22-4) last stepped inside the cage in January of last year. He finished Donald Cerrone just 40-seconds into the very first round of a welterweight bout. Prior to that bout, “Notorious” had not fought in the octagon since his 2018 loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov. The 32-year-old who was the cover athlete for the UFC 3 video game has an outstanding 10 post-fight bonuses.

UFC 257 infographic

The infographic above was created at Betway.

Poirier (26-6, 1NC) fought for the UFC lightweight championship in 2019, but lost via rear-naked choke against Nurmagomedov. Other than that blemish, “The Diamond” is 6-1, 1NC in his last eight fights. He has finished three of his six opponents within those eight fights and earned five post-fight bonuses. 

Will this go like McGregor and UFC 4 believe? Who knows, but fans will finally know come Saturday night at UFC 257.

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