After months of negotiation, Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2 has been officially announced for UFC 257 on January 23rd.
The Mac Life first reported the news that McGregor had signed his bout agreement for the fight and all parties have agreed to terms. The fight will not be for the UFC lightweight title after Dana White recently stated Khabib Nurmagomedov will return to the sport.
The pair first met at UFC 178 in 2014, where McGregor came out on top over Poirier winning by first-round TKO.
McGregor (22-4) will return to the Octagon for the first time since his 40-second KO against Donald Cerrone in January of this year. The 32-year-old announced his retirement from fighting in June, but talks of a rematch with Poirier circulated just a few months later. McGregor’s last fight at lightweight was a submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018.
Poirier (26-6, 1NC) has proved himself to be a top contender at lightweight since moving up to the weight class after his loss to McGregor. “The Diamond” has wins over Justin Gaethje, Max Holloway and Dan Hooker at 155-pounds. The former interim champion’s only recent loss was to Nurmagomedov in September 2019.
UFC 257 takes place on January 23, 2021. McGregor vs. Poirier will headline the card. It is likely that the event will be in Abu Dhabi on Yas Island.