Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier have reportedly reached an agreement on a rematch to take place on the UFC 257 card in January. McGregor last fought Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone back in January before announcing his surprise retirement from the sport.
Many within UFC doubted McGregor’s sincerity on not wanting to fight again though and rumours soon began on a quick return to the Octagon.
And a rematch with Poirier has long been touted as the favoured fight for McGregor.
UFC president Dana White recently revealed talks had progressed between the two parties.
“We’ve offered the fight and we got him his own date,” White told BT Sport. “That date didn’t exist.
“We worked with ESPN, we got him his own date. And we’ve offered them the fight. I know contracts haven’t been signed yet.”
And McGregor hinted an announcement was imminent earlier this month on social media.
Alongside an Instagram picture of himself at the gym, the Dubliner wrote: “McGregor’s Fighter Aerobic/Anaerobic Sytems of Training.
“Big News Coming. @McGregorFast.”
Now, MMA Fighting have confirmed an agreement has been reached between Poirier and McGregor for the fight to take place on the UFC 257 card on January 23.
It’s reported that a breakthrough was made late on Monday night, although McGregor is said to favour pushing the date forward to December.
With Amanda Nunes’ headline fight against Megan Anderson scrapped for UFC 256, there is an opening for a fight to take it’s place.
A rematch between McGregor and Poirier has long been touted after the Irish UFC icon finished the bout inside the first round.
Poirier has been looking to avenge that defeat ever since and has an impressive record in the six years since losing to McGregor.
The 31-year-old recently took on Dan Hooker back in June with the former winning by unanimous decision.
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