The biggest superstar the UFC has ever seen is set to return to the Octagon on Sunday (AEDT) as Conor McGregor takes on Dustin Poirier close to seven years after their first encounter.
A lot has happened in that time.
McGregor went on to become the first two-division champion in UFC history, amassing fame and fortune unlike any other UFC fighter in history
Since the first fight with Poirier, McGregor has gone 6-2 in the UFC plus a one-off boxing contest with Floyd Mayweather.
Poirier’s UFC run since the loss to McGregor has been remarkable in its own right. Since losing to McGregor, Poirier moved up to lightweight and amassed a record of 10-2-1NC and an interim UFC lightweight title.
The first time these two men fought McGregor got the job done in under 90 seconds. Mystic Mac has predicted he will do it under 60 this time around.
Even though McGregor Poirier 1 took place nearly seven years ago, the odds of it ending the same way – via McGregor first-round (T)KO – are rather short at $2.80 on average. The second-shortest round and method bet is McGregor via second-round (T)KO, which is at roughly $5. UFC multi bets can be some of the most profitable wagers, as listed in this MMA guide prior to betting on UFC 257.
Head-to-head, McGregor is a big favourite. He opened up in the betting markets as a $1.40 favourite, this has come in slightly to $1.34 with Poirier opening up at $3 and drifting slightly to $3.15 at the time of writing.
Expect McGregor to shorten even further as it comes closer to fight time, as casual fans jump on board and back McGregor.