Conor McGregor has accepted UFC’s offer of a rematch with Dustin Poirier – but only if it happens in 2020.
The Notorious 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 on social media.
In their first encounter in 2014, the Irishman stopped Poirier in the first round before going on to become a two-weight world champion.
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”
Last month, McGregor tweeted screenshots of his messages to UFC president Dana White, where he showed that he tried to arrange a return to MMA but talks fizzled out earlier this year.
Then, in a parting bombshell, he added: “Anyway all water under the bridge who gives a f***. I’m boxing Manny Pacquiao next in the Middle East.”
Pacquiao has responded with a statement, laying out what he wants in order to finalise a deal.
He said: “I do not have an existing management contract with Paradigm Sports Management.
“I have formed my own company and am more than willing to give the fans an exciting fight with Conor McGregor under terms and conditions where I am the co-promoter with my company.”
McGregor’s last fight was a 40-second demolition of Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in January before he announced he was walking away from the sport.