Dustin Poirier will have an opportunity to avenge his loss to Conor McGregor, when they both rematch on the 23rd of January at UFC 257.
The former two division champion, McGregor makes a return to the Octagon against Poirier, whom he defeated at UFC 178. The two had accepted to take the fight on social media and according to a source, close with the situation, Poirier had signed for the fight a week ago and was left with McGregor, who sign his part on Thursday.
The UFC are yet to announce a location and Venue for UFC 257.
The former Featherweight and Lightweight Champion McGregor has been on and off the Octagon. He has been away from the Octagon since his 40 second knock out victory over Donald Cerone at UFC 246 and that was his first win since defeating Eddie Alvarez back in 2016 to become UFC’s first simultaneous two divisionæaaaaæ champion.
After his Lightweight title win, McGregor went straight into a boxing fight with now retired undefeated give division champion Floyd Mayweather Jr, who knocked him out in the tenth round of the clash back in 2017. He then went on a long stint away from the Octagon before challenging Khabib Nurmagomedov, for the 155 pound title. That ended a fourth round submission loss to the now retire lightweight ruler.
Poirier (26-6 MMA, 18-5 UFC) has been able to accumulate a 5-1 record in his last six bouts and was last seen outpointing Dan Hooker in a “Fight Of The Night” contender at UFC on ESPN 12. His only loss came in the Hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 in September.
It is still unknown whether the McGregor Vs Poirier fight will have the 155 pound title at stake as Khabib Nurmagomedov is yet to vacate the title despite recently announcing his retirement. However, the “Eagle” could also return for a one off fight in an attempt to make his record a perfect 30-0. He had also expressed, he has no interest in facing Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor as he already defeated them both via submission.
McGregor and Poirier both shared the Octagon in their featherweight days with the Irishman emerging victorious with a first round TKO at UFC 178 back in 2014.