Irish superstar Conor McGregor has officially signed the fight contract for his UFC return, according to McGregor’s outlet, The Mac Life. Although the bout has not been officially announced the UFC, it appears that “Notorious” will rematch No. 2 ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier on January 23, 2021, at UFC 257.
This fight will mark McGregor’s first fight since defeating Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in January of this year. Notorious is currently ranked No. 4 in the division and his bout with “The Diamond” will mark the Irishman’s return to the lightweight division.
McGregor has not fought at lightweight since his match with champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 18.
Poirier is coming off a victory over No. 5 ranked lightweight Dan Hooker earlier this year and he will have a chance to avenge his loss to Notorious. The two fought in 2014 at featherweight and McGregor won by first-round TKO.
Notorious appeared to have verified the news from The Mac Life, sharing the article via Instagram Story.
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Dana White Confirmed That McGregor Signed the Bout Agreement
While speaking with Robbie Fox of Barstool Sports Thursday afternoon, UFC president Dana White confirmed that McGregor did in fact sign the contract to fight Poirier. White hopes to host the fight on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, but because of the pandemic, the venue for the match is not officially set.
“It’s true, yeah,” White said. “He signed. It was never a concern, I was never like ‘uh oh, Conor hasn’t signed his bout agreements. [When] Conor McGregor says he wants to fight, Conor McGregor shows up.”
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