Former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion Conor McGregor will fight the former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 in January next year.
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.
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.
Wonderboy gives his prediction for Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier
Former UFC welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson gave his prediction for the upcoming rematch.
“Dustin Poirier has improved a lot, but whenever Conor McGregor steps out there, he has this way with people of getting into their heads and making this fight so hyped,” Thompson said in an interview with Submission Radio. “I mean, if you’ve got to go out there and face Conor McGregor, it’s gonna be a hyped fight, but he’s got a way with people and a way with words, his demeanour, not just his fighting style. That gets to people. You see it every time. The only person that I really didn’t see it get to was Nate Diaz. Of course, that guy just don’t care two craps about what you think.
“I think Conor can definitely get it done again this time,” Thompson added. “Dustin Poirier has made some improvements, but the thing, is even though we haven’t seen Conor McGregor fight in a while, the guy’s a lifelong mixed martial artist. The guy’s training constantly, always in the gym, always training with people. So, you know he’s improved as well. So, at this point, I think Conor McGregor takes it home again.”
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.
On the other hand, Dustin Poirier is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over Dan Hooker earlier this year in June.