Benchwarmers’ betting tips for UFC 257: Poirier vs McGregor

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UFC 257 is just a matter of hours away with the star-studded event scheduled to kick-off at 3am (UK time) on Sunday morning.

The PPV’s main-event will see a lightweight showdown between Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier (26-6) and ‘Notorious’ Conor McGregor (22-4).

The two 155lb superstar’s rematch on Sunday has been seven years in the making after a 2014 bout saw McGregor claim a first round knockout victory over his American opponent.

Ahead of this year’s first action packed PPV event, we have looked at some of the best betting tips.

Women’s Flyweight: Jessica Eye (15-8) vs Joanne Calderwood (14-5)

Both of these ladies come into Sunday’s match-up in patchy form having both won just once in their last three outings.

This fight is so close to call with both fighters dead level in the betting odds.

Having the slight advantage when it comes to experience, I am leaning towards a narrow Eye victory.

Either way, a safe bet is seeing the fight go the distance, however at current odds of 3/10, there really is little value in that market, so i’m going with an Eye decision win.

Tip: Eye to win via decision 13/8

Lightweight: Dan Hooker (20-9) vs Michael Chandler (21-5)

Having made the long-awaited switch from Bellator, ‘Iron’ Chandler will be making his UFC debut during Sunday’s co-main event.

After seeing his last three bouts end in a knockout, Chandler will be hoping to kick his UFC career off with a bang.

However, seeing Hooker off is no easy task… Just ask Poirier.

Hooker, dubbed the ‘Hangman’, hasn’t been finished in over two-years with Edson Barboza the last fighter to knock him out.

Sunday’s co-main has some serious potential to claim ‘Fight of the Night’, however, I see the New Zealander edging this one in an all-out bloody war.

Tip: Hooker to win via decision 10/3

Lightweight: Dustin Poirier (26-6) vs Conor McGregor (22-4)

Yet another great main-event for fight fans to look forward to!

Looking to exact his revenge on his Irish opponent who got the win back in 2014, Poirier will be desperate to put himself back in title contention with a win on Sunday.

McGregor however, looks to be in some of the best shape of his career.

The world-class Irish kickboxing striker will be looking to do the double over ‘The Diamond’.

However, after coming into Sunday’s main-event as a huge underdog, it’s safe to say the bookies are unfairly writing Poirier off.

Prior to his title bout against the unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov, the heavy hitting American mixed martial artist had not been beaten since 2016.

I expect to see fireworks in what should be an action packed main-event with Poirier just edging it late on.

Tip: Poirier to win outright 5/2
Long-Shot Tip: Poirier to win in round 4 28/1

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