Tickets selling fast for Conor McGregor’s UFC return as Dana White prepares to welcome back fans

Fans have snapped up tickets to see Conor McGregor‘s UFC return as The Notorious takes on Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 on Fight Island in just two weeks. 

The UFC announced this week that a ‘limited number of spectators’ would be in attendance at the brand new Etihad Arena on Yas Island, in what will be a mammoth seven days to kickstart 2021 for the organisation.

McGregor and Poirier round off a bumper fight week in which three UFC events will take place at Fight Island, beginning with Max Holloway against Calvin Kattar on January 16 before Neil Magny fights Michael Chiesa four days later. 

Fans are snapping up tickets for Conor McGregor's return to the UFC on January 23

Fans are snapping up tickets for Conor McGregor’s return to the UFC on January 23

Dustin Poirier is looking to avenge his loss to Conor McGregor

McGregor is bidding to reclaim his lightweight title

The Notorious (right) takes on Dustin Poirier (left) at UFC 257 on Fight Island in two weeks

And tickets for the January 23 clash are selling out fast on Etihad Arena’s official website, with only the most expensive tickets, priced at £1,000, still available to purchase.

The website also outlines a number of health and safety rules that must be adhered to by fans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

No official number of tickets available have been announced, but the site says ‘seating capacity has been reduced to comply with social distancing rules.’ 

Only the most expensive tickets - priced at £1,000 per person - are available for purchase for the event at Etihad Arena (not pictured) on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Only the most expensive tickets – priced at £1,000 per person – are available for purchase for the event at Etihad Arena (not pictured) on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

UFC on ABC1, which Max Holloway headlines, will have fans for the first time since March

UFC on ABC1, which Max Holloway headlines, will have fans for the first time since March

The January 16 show will be the UFC’s first live event with a crowd since March, when coronavirus caused the sporting world to shut down as a result of the spread of the deadly disease. 

UFC 257 presents a huge opportunity for McGregor to put himself in the driving seat to reclaim his lightweight crown. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s shock retirement has opened the door for a number of contenders to win the title.

The Dagestani believes that the winner of the January 23 bout will later become lightweight champion, with Dana White revealing that the victor will get a shot at the title. 

McGregor defeated Poirier back in 2014 as he surged towards the featherweight title

McGregor defeated Poirier back in 2014 as he surged towards the featherweight title

Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler will make his UFC bow when he takes on Dan Hooker on the undercard of UFC 257, while Charles Oliveira and recently defeated challenger Justin Gaethje will fancy their chances against the best the 155-pound ranks have to offer. 

McGregor defeated Poirier back in 2014 but it is widely acknowledged that The Diamond will pose a new challenge altogether to the former two-weight world champion. 

The Louisiana native has won five of his last six and has been in more regular action than McGregor of late, who last fought against Donald Cerrone 12 months ago.  

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