Conor McGregor has made a u-turn on his decision to retire after revealing he has accepted a date to fight American Dustin Poirier in Texas (McGregor 4/9, Poirier 7/4 – Fight Winner).
The ever-controversial Irishman announced his retirement for the third time in four years in June, but few believed that would be the end of his MMA career.
Those who doubted his claims appear to have been bang on the money as McGregor took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to confirm he would be stepping back into the octagon on January 23, 2021.
McGregor has been very vocal on social media over the past few months, revealing that he had been pestering UFC president Dana White for a bout.
He claimed that White wasn’t willing to meet his demands on where a fight could be held due to restrictions concerning the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, the pair have seemingly been able to move past their initial differences after McGregor confirmed he had accepted a date.
McGregor Tweeted: “I accept, Jan 23rd is on!” he said. “My goal is to see this fight take place in Cowboy stadium. Proper style!”
The former two-weight champion, who was last seen when beating Donald Cerrone via TKO at UFC 246, is eager to use his relationship with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to ensure the card can be hosted at the AT&T Stadium.
He added: “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.”
The UFC is yet to make an official announcement concerning McGregor-Poirier, however, the American was quick to respond on social media.
Poirier Tweeted: “Close to home for me on my birthday weekend! What weight?”
The Notorious and Poirier have met before with the former earning a second successive Performance of the Night bonus as he won the bout just one minute and 46 seconds into the first round.
McGregor’s return to the UFC reignites hopes that there could be a rematch with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov further down the line (Khabib 1/3, McGregor 9/4 – Fight Winner).
Undefeated Nurmagomedov dominated McGregor to earn a submission victory in Las Vegas at UFC 229 to successfully defend his title.
The Eagle will put his belt on the line again when he faces Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi (Khabib 1/3, Gaethje 9/4 – Fight Winner).