Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2 targeting for UFC 257
Author: Abdul-Ahad Patel | Thursday 12th November 2020
Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier II is set to be announced in the coming weeks.
According to multiple sources both McGregor and Poirier have come to terms on a deal that will see the two fighters meet at lightweight for the upcoming UFC 257 card on January 23rd.
On Tuesday afternoon, UFC President Dana White stated “Jan. 23 on Fight Island, if everything goes according to plans… There are a ton of if’s right now,” he added. “I have to see where the world is at in the next couple of months.”
Although The Notorious one confirmed the fight is on, on Tuesday evening, posting on Instagram “I am very grateful to be about to return and get to do what I love again. I look forward to the fresh test Dustin will bring since our first bout, while also showcasing my own incredibly deep cache of weaponry…”
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The first time I came face to face with Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier. Las Vegas Nevada, August 2014. I was only beginning to blow up and this was a big one! I rocked renowned Dublin Tailor Louis Copeland on the day. Midnight blue pinstripe. I paired the outfit with me grandas burgundy shoes, which I done an amazing job polishing on my Aer Lingus flight over. Zoom in, have a whiff. This same day I also signed a new contract with the UFC, under Lorenzo Fertitta. Lorenzo brought me into his office, myself and my manager Audie Attar, and placed a contract down in front of me with numbers I’d never seen before in my life! I looked over at Audie like, “you won’t be needed on this one mate” 😂 We both knew but play it cool we are still in the office hahaha! Wild! The first of our dealings together on some of the largest purse contracts in the history of combat fighting. Incredible! The moment was captured on one of the episodes of my 6 part series, which I had done for RTE. A real turning point in my career, both financially and professionally. The episode was titled “The Suite Life” as I was rocking around the Red Rock casino in absolute shock and awe. Trying to grasp what the fuck was actually going on Hahahaha! What a wild ride this has been. I am very grateful to be about to return and get to do what I love again. I look forward to the fresh test Dustin will bring since our first bout, while also showcasing my own incredibly deep cache of weaponry. Whatever tool is needed on the night will be pulled from the duffel. I am also really excited about aiding Dustins charity “The Good Fight Foundation”, which through the donation, will build a gym/premise for disadvantaged youth in his childhood hometown. I truly love this, and pledge to match the donation on a premise in my own childhood hometown! Both spots with an ode to the upcoming bout. Excellent stuff! See you guys soon.
McGregor toyed with the idea of retirement after expressing his frustration that the UFC hadn’t kept him active after a quick first-round TKO against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in January.
McGregor took the matter into his own hands by calling out fellow fighter Poirier for a ‘charity match,’ in Ireland. The UFC soon caught wind of this and began negotiating a professional bout between the two.
Poirier will get his chance to fight for UFC gold if he wins and it will also give him a chance to avenge his loss to McGregor from 2014.
Since then Poirier has gone 5-1 in his past six fights including wins over Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, Max Holloway and Dan Hooker.
The fight will headline the UFC pay-per-view card in January with more bouts expected to be added in the coming weeks.
With the departure of Khabib Nurmagomedov and the uncertainty of the current lightweight champion, this can mean a future potential match up for the vacant title.