Dana White is “pumped” (in block caps) and Conor McGregor “promises a masterpiece”, as the hype for this month’s UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi ratcheted up with the release of an extended promo for the big fight.
The UFC dropped their latest teaser video late Monday for the Fight Island clash between McGregor and Dustin Poirier, the headline event on January 24. The match-up, which runs back their initial encounter in 2014, brings to a close the promotion's third residency in the capital.
Monday night’s video recounts the UFC 178 clash – preceded by a contentious build-up, McGregor won via first-round TKO - and highlights the two fighters’ journey since as they prepare to meet again more than six years on. McGregor is a former two-division world champion, while Poirier has previously held the interim lightweight belt.
UFC 257 is the final of three events in eight days on Yas Island, with Fight Nights taking place on January 16 and 20. As of yet, the venue for the shows has not been confirmed, although Etihad Arena is expected to host.