Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor will return to the Octagon against former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 scheduled to take place on January 23.
This fight could have serious title implications as UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has retired from the sport and the belt will soon be vacant and the winner of the UFC 257 main event could very well fight for the vacant title.
The negotiations for the fight are ongoing as Poirier has signed the bout agreement and McGregor has verbally agreed to fight him.
The fight will take place in the lightweight division and not at welterweight as some reports from previous months indicated.
The Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier rematch is inching closer to reality.
Poirier has signed a bout agreement to fight on 1/23.
McGregor, per sources, hasn't yet, however, he verbally agreed last month and is not expected to be a hurdle in making the bout a reality.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 10, 2020
“The Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier rematch is inching closer to reality. Poirier has signed a bout agreement to fight on 1/23. McGregor, per sources, hasn’t yet, however, he verbally agreed last month and is not expected to be a hurdle in making the bout a reality,” Ariel Helwani tweeted.
Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 2 could take place at Fight Island
Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier previously fought at UFC 178 back in September 2014 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. In that fight, McGregor knocked out Poirier in just a minute and a half into the first round.
Conor McGregor fought earlier this year in January at UFC 246 against Donald Cerrone. In that fight, he knocked out Cerrone in just 40-seconds. Although he was scheduled to fight three times in 2020, the coronavirus pandemic forced the sporting world to return without any spectator and in such a case, McGregor couldn’t be bought back as he generates millions in gate revenue for the promotion.
This resulted in frustrated Conor McGregor retiring from the sport in June.
The rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier could take place at the Fight Island in Abu Dhabi according to UFC president Dana White.
“January 23 on Fight Island, if everything goes according to plans. There are a ton of ‘ifs’ right now. I have to see where the world is at in the next couple of months.” Dana White said to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
Fight Island has hosted some of the biggest fights of the year including the blockbuster UFC 251 card that sold 1.3 Million PPVs in July earlier this year. Fight Island also featured UFC 253 and UFC 254.
Conor McGregor took to Instagram and said that he is looking forward to aiding Dustin Poirier’s ‘Good Fight Foundation’.
“I am also really excited about aiding Dustins charity “The Good Fight Foundation”, which through the donation, will build a gym/premise for disadvantaged youth in his childhood hometown. I truly love this, and pledge to match the donation on a premise in my own childhood hometown! Both spots with an ode to the upcoming bout,” he wrote on Instagram.