Conor McGregor’s drastic shaved head and short beard look transformation ahead of UFC 257 Dustin Poirier rematch

CONOR MCGREGOR will be sporting a drastic new look for his eagerly-anticipated return to the octagon this weekend.

The Notorious will return to the cage on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi, where he will rematch his former featherweight rival Dustin Poirier.

And he will be rocking a look many UFC fans won't be familiar too with.

Ahead of his desert dust-up with The Diamond, McGregor has opted to shave his hair and sport a buzz cut.

And to top it off, his beard is drastically shorter than fight fans have become accustomed to seeing down the years.

McGregor, 32, has donned a shaved head before, most notably in his 2016 rematch with Nate Diaz and his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather the following summer.

But the Irishman had a considerably thicker beard for both fights, which he won via majority decision.

McGregor's showdown with Poirier will be a rematch of their clash at UFC 178, which took place six years ago in Las Vegas.

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The former two-division champion made light work of Poirier that night, knocking him out in just under two minutes to announce himself as a legitimate featherweight title contender.

And he's eyeing an even shorter night at the office second time around.

He told ESPN: "I will knock Dustin out inside 60 seconds."

McGregor will be hard-pressed to put Poirier to sleep in under a minute given the drastic improvements the American has made since their first fight.

The former interim lightweight champion has won ten of his last 13 fights, beating four former titleholders in the process.

McGregor has seen improvements in Poirier's game but insists he's still levels above him.

He said: "I love Dustin, I think he's a good fighter. He's even a great fighter, you know? But great is still levels below me."

UFC 257 will be McGregor's first outing his since his 40-second destruction of Donald Cerrone last January.

Poirier, meanwhile, was last in action last July, edging out New Zealand's Dan Hooker in a brutal five-round war.

An impressive victory on Saturday could earn either man a rematch with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is flirting with the idea of coming out of retirement.

UFC president Dana White said of his recent meeting with the Russian: "Basically the way that he feels right now is, he's accomplished everything he set out to accomplish.

"He thought that [Charles] Oliveira looked really good in his last fight against Tony Ferguson.

"So next Saturday we've got the [Conor] McGregor [Dustin] Poirier fight and [Michael] Chandler and [Dan] Hooker on there.

"So his words to me were, 'I'm going to watch this fight. I would never tie up the division.

"These guys do something spectacular, show me something spectacular and make me want to come back and fight.'"

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