After returning to Fight Island this past weekend with UFC Fight Island 7, the UFC will hold two more cards this week in Abu Dhabi.
First up, UFC Fight Island 8, headlined by an extraordinary welterweight contest between Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Chiesa and the ever-durable Neil Magny.
Following Wednesday’s event will be the UFC 257 pay-per-view on Saturday featuring the return of one “Mystic Mac.”
For all the latest UFC odds & predictions stay in the know with this MMA betting section. The last of three events at UFC Fight Island will be headlined by Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier, a rematch over 6 years on from their first encounter. McGregor is currently a -286 favorite, with Poirier coming in as a +230 underdog on DraftKings.
In the time since McGregor and Poirier first met, McGregor rose to a level of stardom that is rarely seen in MMA. The former two-division champion has defeated the likes of Jose Aldo, Nate Diaz, and Eddie Alvarez. He even went on a worldwide tour to promote his iconic boxing match against undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr., bringing a whole new set of eyes to the sport.
Poirier on the other hand has only tasted defeat twice since their first meeting, a first round loss to Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Johnson in 2016, and then a submission loss to current champ, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Poirier has developed into a complete mixed martial artist, defeating the likes of Hooker, former featherweight champion Max Holloway, Justin Gaethje, and former champions Alvarez and Anthony Pettis.
UFC Fight Island 8 fight card:
Michael Chiesa vs. Neil Magny – 170 lbs
Warlley Alves vs. Mounir Lazzez – 170 lbs
Ike Villanueva vs. Vinicius Moreira – 205 lbs
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Viviane Araujo – 125 lbs
Tyson Nam vs. Matt Schnell – 125 lbs
Lerone Murphy vs. Douglas Andrade – 145 lbs
Omari Akhmedov vs. Tom Breese – 185 lbs
Ricky Simón vs. Gaetano Pirrello – 135 lbs
Su Mudaerji vs. Zarrukh Adashev – 125 lbs
Dalcha Lungiambula vs. Markus Perez – 205 lbs
Jerome Rivera vs. Francisco Figueiredo – 135 lbs
Mike Davis vs. Mason Jones – 155 lbs
Umar Nurmagomedov vs. Sergey Morozov – 135 lbs
Victoria Leonardo vs. Manon Fiorot – 125 lbs
UFC 257 fight card:
Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor – 155 lbs
Dan Hooker vs. Michael Chandler – 155 lbs
Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood – 125 lbs
Ottman Azaitar vs. Matt Frevola – 155 lbs
Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas – 115 lbs
Arman Tsarukyan vs. Nasrat Haqparast – 155 lbs
Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Júnior – 185 lbs
Sara McMann vs. Julianna Peña – 135 lbs
Khalil Rountree vs. Marcin Prachnio – 205 lbs
Andrew Sanchez vs. Makhmud Muradov – 185 lbs
Nik Lentz vs. Movsar Evloev – 145 lbs
Amir Albazi vs. Z. Zhumagulov – 125 lbs