UFC president confirmed Conor McGregor’s UFC return to face Dustin Poirier at lightweight is a done deal.
The pair had both been offered a January 23 headliner but contracts were yet to be signed.
Conor McGregor’s UFC return to face Dustin Poirier at lightweight is a done dealCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Poirier lost against McGregor in 2014 at featherweight Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Now it appears an agreement has now been reached, after White addressed the situation following Anderson Silva’s final UFC fight.
White said: “The fight’s done, I think so, yeah.
“As far as I know it’s done.”
Poirier, 31, was beaten by the Irishman at featherweight in 2014, but they look set to rematch at 155lbs.
McGregor, 32, has not fought since January as he knocked out 37-year-old Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds at welterweight.
He even retired in June having grown frustrated after being frozen out of the title picture.
But as he seems close to securing his comeback, he does so with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov possibly heading out.
Nurmagomedov, 32, announced a shock retirement this month after submitting Justin Gaethje, 31, in two rounds at UFC 254 to go 29-0.
Dana White backed Khabib to reverse his retirement Credit: Getty Images – Getty
It was the first fight since the loss of his influential father Abdulmanap, who passed away aged 57 in July after contracting coronavirus.
Retirement would mean his belt being vacated, but White has backed unbeaten Khabib to fight on, denying McGregor an immediate title shot.
He said: “I am not saying that he is going to 100 per cent come out for 30-0, but I get the feeling that he will.
“He is the lightweight champion right now. There is no vacant belt. There is no interim title. No vacant title. None of that.”
Before making the decision to hang up the gloves, Khabib had confirmed his father wanted him to retire unbeaten in 30 fights.
Preferably, the pair wanted to bring welterweight legend Georges St-Pierre out of retirement for their final fight.
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