Conor McGregor next fight to be against Dustin Poirier as UFC rematch agreed, but ‘Notorious’ tells him date it must happen
Conor McGregor will return to the UFC and fight Dustin Poirier for a second time – but only if it happens in 2020.
The former two-weight champion hung up his gloves in June for the third time in four years, but has claimed he is now ready to step back into the Octagon.
In their first encounter in 2014, the Irishman stopped Poirier in the first round before going on to reign in both the lightweight and featherweight divisions.
The pair had recently discussed a charity bout to be held in December but could now meet for a shot at the lightweight title.
McGregor tweeted: “Hello Dustin! I accepted the UFC’s offer to fight you, but told them it must happen in 2020.
“I’m ready for Nov 21st, given that cards recent injury issues, as well as any of the December dates, the 12th and the 19th. I’ll also still donate the $500k to The Good Fight Foundation.”
Poirier is said to have no issue with either date.
Any chance of McGregor returning to the promotion seemed dead last month when he tweeted screenshots of private messages exchanged between him and UFC president Dana White, which the boss was not impressed by.
He then said he would be fighting boxer Manny Pacquiao, though later offered to fight Poirier in an exhibition match in Dublin, with proceeds going to charity.
However, not everyone is as excited for the fight or the charitable side McGregor is showing.
Responding to a tweet posted by Poirier, Tony Ferguson referred to him as a ‘sell out’ for ‘taking a bribe from an international terrorist’.
Chael Sonnen wishes more fighters were like McGregor.
“The fact Conor said ‘yeah, I’ll fight you, but we’re going to do it right now’ – that’s cool,” he told journalist Ariel Helwani. “Conor has been a bit annoying lately and I’m sure there’s still some people behind the desk [at UFC HQ] that are a little annoyed with him but I like it.
“Conor is doing something I wish all fighters would do and Poirier? That’s a tough night out right there.
Mike Perry, meanwhile, wants to fight the Dubliner next. “After I beat Robbie Lawler, let’s go,” he tweeted. “A stand up fight everybody will want to see.”