Conor McGregor is again in motion on January 23 and that’s all the time large cash for UFC.
The Irishman will tackle Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 for the second time in his profession and its his first outing for the reason that 40-second blitz of Donald Cerrone 12 months in the past.
The 32-year-old was determined to have an action-packed 2020, however the coronavirus pandemic put paid to these ambitions and when he couldn’t get what he needed – which was a battle with Justin Gaethje to face Khabib – he retired.
However now McGregor is again and he’s promising to placed on a present in his comeback battle.
“I promise a masterpiece,” he tweeted. The Infamous has been coaching solidly for many of the previous yr and appears in peak bodily situation for his return to the octagon.
It’s been advised that McGregor could make a return to boxing in 2021 and tackle Manny Pacquiao practically three years after his sole effort within the sport in opposition to all-time nice, Floyd Mayweather.
Nonetheless, with Khabib now retired, it appears as if McGregor is laser-focused on regaining his gold and choosing up the light-weight title.
In an effort to get a shot, he’s received to defeat Poirier. Khabib is but to be stripped of the title and can meet with UFC president Dana White throughout Combat Island in Abu Dhabi to debate his future, so it’s doable we get McGregor/Khabib II by all accounts.
The UFC would like to placed on a rematch of their highest-ever purchased occasion, but when Khabib doesn’t come again into the fold, it might seem to be Gaethje is subsequent or possibly Dan Hooker – if he beats Michael Chandler at UFC 257 – could possibly be the ultimate hurdle again to the title for McGregor.
Poirier is a wildly improved fighter from his first assembly with McGregor in 2014. He got here extremely near tapping out Khabib for the title in 2019 and has crushed names like Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, Hooker, Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis within the time since.
It gained’t be a straightforward evening’s work for McGregor, nevertheless it’s positive to be explosive.