Connor McGregor has agreed to return to the UFC for a rematch with Dustin Pourier on January 23 at UFC 257.
UFC President Dana White on Thursday confirmed to The Associated Press that McGregor ended his latest retirement from mixed martial arts by signing an agreement for a 155-pound fight with Poirier.
White has not decided whether UFC 257 will be held in Las Vegas or in UFC’s coronavirus-secure bubble in Abu Dhabi.
White told the AP, “But if the world moves in this direction it looks like it is at 100%, it would be Fight Island.”
McGregor (22–4) has battled in the UFC cage twice since November 2016, but he dramatically intercepted Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in UFC 246 in 40 seconds last January. The 32-year-old Irish veteran remains the biggest star in combat sports despite retiring for the third time in four years last June, frustrated with his inability to book fights due to an epidemic.
According to UFC broadcasting partner ESPN, Pierre has already signed his agreement for the rematch.
McGregor was still a rising MMA star when he stopped Poire in the first round at UFC 178 in September 2014 at just 1:46. McGregor won his next three battles in a 13-second win over Jose Aldo to claim the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Poire (26–6) retaliated with that defeat and fought back for the UFC title, winning over Justin Gethje and Eddie Alvarez before defeating Max Holloway for the interim UFC lightweight title in April U9. Poebier lost his share of the belt to Khob. Nurmagomedov, presented in Abu Dhabi in September 2019, but overturned Dan Hooker’s decision last June.
McGregor and Poirier both fight side by side, which should provide a good matchup for McGregor’s strengths.
Nethamgomedov, who retired last month after defeating Gethje, is the last fighter to defeat both McGregor and Poore.
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