Fighting superstar Conor McGregor has made it known to his competition, “you can run, but you can’t hide.” The Irishman is currently preparing for his return to the UFC’s Octagon and will seemingly take on No. 2 ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier on January 23, 2021.
Although the fight has not been officially confirmed, both fighters accepted the bout on Twitter and UFC president Dana White has told the media that “it’s done.”
McGregor has not competed inside the cage since his January match against beloved veteran Donald Cerrone. “Notorious” only needed 40 seconds to put “Cowboy” away, extending his professional MMA record to 22-4. McGregor is currently ranked No. 4 in the lightweight division and should he defeat Poirier, he will have a strong case for a shot at the title.
On Sunday, Notorious shared on Instagram a highlight video of himself fighting inside the Octagon. The clip includes his finish of Poirier when they fought in the featherweight division in 2014. McGregor won the bout by first-round TKO.
The video also includes his finishes of Marcus Brimage, Diego Brandao and Jose Aldo, as well as moments from his fights with Nate Diaz, Eddie Alvarez and Dennis Siver. See the clip below:
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It Is Unclear if Khabib Nurmagomedov Is Retiring
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov put on an epic performance in the main event of UFC 254 on October 24. He took on then-interim champion Justin Gaethje in what was billed as “The Eagle’s” most sturdy test: a powerful striker with world-class cardio and wrestling. However, Nurmagomedov only needed six-and-a-half minutes to get the job done, choking out Gaethje in the second round with a triangle choke.
After his victory, the Russian-born fighter announced he was retiring from the sport. At 29-0, The Eagle is viewed by many as the most dominant fighter in the promotion’s history as well as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. If he is truly hanging up his gloves, the UFC will lose one of its biggest stars.
Days after Nurmagomedov stated he was retiring, UFC president Dana White said that he had “a feeling” that “The Eagle” would fight one more time in the Octagon.
“Khabib and I have been talking, and you know, he was completely emotional that night when he got through that fight,” White said to Zach Gelb. “I have a feeling that he might go for 30-0.”
In a recent interview, Nurmagomedov hinted that he is planning to remain retired.
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McGregor Could Find Himself Fighting for the Lightweight Title
Should The Eagle retire and vacate the belt, McGregor could find himself slotted in to fight for the strap. He is ranked in the top five of the lightweight division and is only one of two fighters, the other being Dustin Poirier, who is coming off a victory.
It appears that the UFC is giving Nurmagomedov every chance to reconsider his decision. He is still the official lightweight champion.