Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier II is a go.
McGregor and Poirier will finally get their wish of clashing a second time. MMAFighting.com is reporting that the rematch is a done deal. It’ll take place on January 23 and it’ll serve as the main event of UFC 257. More bouts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
The report also notes that McGregor is holding out hopes of an earlier return date. With Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson falling apart for UFC 256 on December 12, McGregor is hoping to have his bout with Poirier pushed up. Whether or not the UFC will stick with the early 2021 date remains to be seen.
Back on September 27, 2014, McGregor took on Poirier in the main event of UFC 178. McGregor scored the first-round TKO victory. Both men went on to have successful careers. McGregor ended up being a “champ-champ” and he became MMA’s biggest star. As for Poirier, he captured the interim UFC Lightweight Title and he has become a fan favorite thanks to his fighting style and The Good Fight Foundation.
McGregor last competed back in January. He took on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246. The “Notorious” one starched Cerrone for the 40-second TKO finish.
As for Poirier, his last bout was on June 27. “The Diamond” took on Dan Hooker. In a “Fight of the Year” candidate, Poirier emerged victorious via unanimous decision. Both McGregor and Poirier were coming off submission losses to Khabib Nurmagomedov going into their most recent outings.