UFC superstar and former champion Conor McGregor announced recently that he has agreed in principle to a fight offer from the UFC, a rematch with Dustin Poirier, whom McGregor defeated in December of 2014.
The news comes via McGregor’s Twitter, wherein he tweeted:
“I accept, Jan 23rd is on! My goal is to see this fight take place in Cowboy Stadium. Proper Style! Jerry Jones is a friend and the stadium can hold our crowd. I will be ready for Texas and Texas will be ready for my fans! Then Manny. #McGregorSportsandEntertainment”
The fight will take place Jan. 23, 2021 against former interim Lightweight Champion Dustin Poirier, presumably at AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboy Stadium) in Arlington, Texas, though the venue has yet to be officially announced by the UFC.
McGregor has not fought since his victory via first-round knockout over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 on Jan. 18, 2020.
While McGregor is largely responsible for the fighting promotion’s meteoric rise in popularity in the past half decade, he has been noticeably absent from the octagon in recent years.
Since losing in a Lightweight Championship bout to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October of 2018, McGregor has fought only once. Despite this, McGregor has remained characteristically adamant about his desire to return to the octagon.
UFC President Dana White weighed in on the situation prior to McGregor’s public announcement:
“We offered him a fight. We got him his own date,” said White to ESPN MMA. “He wants to fight Dustin Poirier apparently, so we went to ESPN and got him his own date. He’s been offered Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23. It’s a yes or no answer.”
The UFC now has its answer – and mixed martial arts fans worldwide are undoubtedly excited to see The Notorious Conor McGregor return to the octagon.