The first big MMA pay-per-view of 2021, UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2, is coming on January 23 and will air exclusively on ESPN+. After announcing his retirement last summer, Conor “The Notorious” McGregor is stepping back into the Octagon to face Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier in a rematch more than six years after their first encounter at UFC 178. That makes now the perfect time to rewatch UFC 178 ahead of their rematch, and you’ll need to sign up for ESPN+ to do it.

ESPN+ is a premium streaming service that was rolled out in 2018. Due to regional restrictions regarding airing rights, sports broadcasters like ESPN+ have been slower to catch up to TV and movie platforms when it comes to streaming. ESPN+ finally solved that little problem, making it easier than ever for sports fans to stream all sorts of live and on-demand content including boxing, MMA, and more. ESPN+ is also the only way to watch live pay-per-view events like UFC 257: Poirier vs. McGregor 2, although you can also go back and rewatch many previous fights including UFC 178, where these two fighters had their first encounter in the Octagon.

UFC 178 took place on September 27, 2014, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier faced each other in a featherweight bout that served as the third fight on the main card (the headliners were a flyweight title contest between Demetrious Johnson and Chris Cariaso, followed by a lightweight match between Donald Cerrone and Eddie Alvarez).

The featherweight fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier was not a long one, with McGregor finishing his opponent via technical knockout 1 minute and 46 seconds into the first round. Poirier fared quite well, however, landing 10 significant strikes compared to McGregor’s nine, although this defeat at UFC 178 marked Poirier’s first knockout loss during his stint with the UFC.

It’s been more than six years since that fight, and both McGregor and Poirier have moved up to lightweight (McGregor fought his last fight at welterweight before moving back down). If you haven’t signed up for ESPN+ yet, then now’s the time to do it so you can rewatch UFC 178: Poirier vs. McGregor 1 in anticipation for their rematch on January 23. If you plan to watch UFC 257, too, then you can grab this pay-per-view bundle that includes a year’s worth of ESPN+ along with the Poirier vs. McGregor 2 PPV package for $90, saving you $40.

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