Conor McGregor is ready to return the UFC at the start of subsequent 12 months having agreed to combat his outdated rival Dustin Poirier.
McGregor, who beat Poirier at UFC 178 in September 2014, is coaching for his Octagon return regardless of retiring for the third time earlier this 12 months.
The Infamous beat Donald Cerrone final January in simply 40 seconds in his comeback bout following his dramatic defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The 32-year-old has hinted at fights towards Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather however it seems MMA followers will get to see him do what he does greatest once more quickly.
Poirier additionally misplaced to Khabib final 12 months however has claimed a lot of nice wins since shedding to McGregor.
The 2 are actually set to fulfill once more at catchweight class and right here’s every part we learn about it to date…
McGregor v Poirier: Date and begin time
This occasion is ready to happen at UFC 257 on Saturday, January 23 however no official announcement has been made but.
The venue has additionally not been confirmed however it’s more likely to happen on the Flash Discussion board in Abu Dhabi.
Ought to it not occur within the UAE, it can seemingly be held on the UFC APEX Middle in Las Vegas which has been used for many fights because the worldwide lockdown started.
McGregor v Poirier: TV and dwell stream
This occasion will seemingly be broadcast on BT Sport within the UK however full particulars of the TV protection will comply with.
The early prelims shall be proven on UFC’s Struggle Go for subscribers as regular.
Within the US, all bouts shall be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish.
Conor McGregor’s first combat with Dustin Poirier put Irishman ‘on the highway to changing into a billionaire’ due to profitable UFC deal from Lorenzo Fertitta
McGregor v Poirier: What has been stated?
UFC president Dana White stated in mid-November: “I don’t know [if McGregor’s signed it yet]. Hear, I’m not apprehensive about it.
“Conor McGregor has by no means stated, ‘Hear I need to combat,’ gone out the way in which that he’s gone out, talked about it. We obtained him his personal date. Conor McGregor’s going to point out up and combat.
“I’m not apprehensive about his bout settlement, however I don’t know if it’s been signed. I’m assuming it has, however it wasn’t the opposite day after I texted the combat wasn’t executed but.”
Whereas followers are nonetheless awaiting affirmation, McGregor did tweet concerning the date in October, saying: “I settle for, Jan 23rd is on. My purpose is to see the combat happen in Cowboy stadium. Correct Model!
“Jerry Jones is a good friend and the stadium can maintain our crowd. I shall be prepared for Texas and Texas shall be prepared for my followers. Then Manny.”
McGregor then took to Instagram extra just lately to have a good time securing the date with Porier, posting: “I’m very grateful to be about to return and get to do what I really like once more.
“I stay up for the recent take a look at Dustin will deliver since our first bout, whereas additionally showcasing my very own extremely deep cache of weaponry.
“No matter software is required on the night time shall be pulled from the duffel.”
McGregor v Poirier: What’s the purse?
Former two-weight champion McGregor is the highest-paid fighter in UFC historical past.
He banked greater than £23million for his first-round knockout win over Donald Cerrone in January.
And he’s anticipated to take residence the lion’s share of the purse towards Poirier.
The purse for the upcoming bout is just not but identified however Mac has vowed to donate a bit of it to charity.
McGregor v Poirier: Struggle card
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