Contracts to fight Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier have been signed and it has been officially announced that the two of them will lead the UFC 257 event, which takes place on January 23rd. It’s actually a date the UFC and ESPN set for McGregor as soon as he expressed a desire to fight and they rejected all of his demands for it to happen this year.
The news was originally published through the MacLife portal owned by McGregor. As only his signing of the contract was awaited for confirmation, it is clear to everyone that this has now been resolved. McGregor last fought in January this year, when he defeated Donald Cerrone by a break in the first round, and he had big plans for this year.
He wanted to do two more fights, for the lightweight title and for the BMF title, but the pandemic disrupted his plans.
Poirier also fought once this year, in July, when he defeated Dan Hooker in one of the best fights this year.
He was supposed to fight Tony Ferguson at a UFC 254 event, but gave up the fight dissatisfied with a financial offer from the UFC. There were also some difficulties in this field for this fight, but in the end the UFC and he still found a common language.
The fight was contracted in the lightweight category, although McGregor’s team tended to find themselves in the welterweight division. Poirier had nothing against it, but Dana White did. The UFC president immediately said only the lightweight category came into consideration.
As things stand now, the event should take place in Abu Dhabi, on Fight Island. Some speculated that this could be a fight for the lightweight title, but White claims that Khabib Nurmagomedov will not leave the vacant position of champion, or that he will fight again.
If in the end his claim that his fight against Gaethje was his last turns out to be true, no one will be surprised that this rematch becomes a "title fight" after all. McGregor and Poirier first met at the UFC 178 event, in September 2014, and McGregor celebrated with a break in the first round.
But even before the fight, his "trash talk" completely mentally knocked Poirier out of step and in the Octagon he only did what was needed to finish him off.