Former UFC champion McGregor signs deal to fight Poirier

Ross Houston
November 23, 2020

Conor McGregor is to come out of retirement for a rematch with Dustin Poirier. "He's gonna be handling business against Dustin first, but Conor's come out and said he wants to fight Manny, Manny's come out and said he wants to fight Conor", Audie Attar told Bloomberg last week.

They will meet for the second time, and over six years removed from their first pairing at UFC 178 in 2014, where McGregor won by first-round knockout. UFC 257 on January 23 will bring the company back to "Fight Island" with a pay-per-view, and McGregor vs. Poirier will headline but will not be for any gold, per White. Since it was obviously challenging for the UFC to host fights with global fighters during the lockdown, Abu Dhabi was home to these fights during two very successful series of events that included fighters like Khabib, Gaethje, Adesanya, Masvidal, Usman, Holloway, and much more.

It will have been just over a year since we've seen Conor McGregor in a UFC fight when he enters the octagon to face Dustin Poirier on January 23 at UFC 257. He owns a 22-4 record in mixed martial arts.

McGregor is 3-2 overall since leaving the featherweight division. Poirier lost his share of the belt to Khabib Nurmagomedov by submission in September 2019 in Abu Dhabi, but rebounded with a decision over Dan Hooker last June.

McGregor recently issued a statement on this bout on social media, expressing his excitement about the challenge, and adding that he will be making a donation to Poirier's charity, The Good Fight. He has wins over Max Holloway, Eddie Alvarez, Anthony Pettis and former champion Justin Gaethje. The fight itself wasn't too competitive though with McGregor landing the finishing strikes just 1:46 into the opening round.

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