Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2 is just over two weeks away, and the UFC is getting fans hyped for the UFC 257 headliner on Fight Island and now the new speculations hint that the fight may be for the Title.
On Monday, those within the MMA community began revealing Twitter messages that they received from the official UFC Twitter account about UFC 257 event info. This, of course, is the event where Poirier and McGregor will be headlining on Jan. 23. When speaking to the UFC DM chatbot, as you follow along with the conversation and ask for the next event details, the chatbot notes a little something that would be news to the public.
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“Don’t miss Poirier’s take on McGregor for the lightweight title bout. Who do you think will walk out of the Octagon with the W.?” the UFC chatbot says.
After hopping in the DMs with the chatbot for an extended “conversation,” the bot reiterates; “With the lightweight title bout at stake, UFC 257 has 1 epic main event!”
Khabib Nurmagomedov on the lightweight title fight
Khabib Nurmagomedov believes the winner of the UFC 257 main event between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23 will fight for the UFC lightweight belt. He did not, however, name an opponent for that potential title fight.
Nurmagomedov remains the lightweight champ despite retiring after beating Justin Gaethje on Oct. 24. He was asked during a Monday interview with the Russian outlet Match TV if there’s a chance he’ll fight again in the UFC, and according to the transcript Match provided, he said: “I would not want that.”
Some originally thought Nurmagomedov was indicating McGregor vs. Poirier would be for the title, assuming it was vacant. But Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, clarified that what the champ meant was he believes the winner of the Jan. 23 bout will fight for the title.
Nurmagomedov said he expects to meet with UFC president Dana White in a couple of weeks to discuss his future. White has maintained there’s a chance Nurmagomedov will fight again, but Nurmagomedov has been steadfast publicly in saying his retirement is real.
“Dana White and I are constantly in touch — the moment about the vacancy of the belt was not discussed,” Nurmagomedov said. “It seems to me that this is because the organization wants me to resume my career. This is understandable — I spent nine years in the league, I had many fights, became a champion, defended the title, never lost, I have a huge fan base from around the world.
“My performances are already a kind of history. The desire of the UFC is understandable to me, I don’t blame them. I will not hide – they [try to] persuade me to return. Nothing is surprising about that. They offer conditions, fighters — but it is hard to surprise me; they have no one to offer me. Soon, in a couple of weeks, we’ll be meeting with Dana to discuss.”
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