Conor McGregor is ready to return to motion within the New Yr and headline UFC 257 with a conflict in opposition to outdated rival Dustin Poirier.
McGregor, who beat Poirier at UFC 178 in September 2014, is coaching for his Octagon return regardless of retiring for the third time earlier this 12 months.
‘The Infamous’ beat Donald Cerrone final January in simply 40 seconds in his comeback bout following his dramatic defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The 32-year-old has hinted at fights in opposition to Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather however it seems MMA followers will get to see him do what he does finest once more quickly.
Poirier additionally misplaced to Khabib final 12 months however has claimed quite a lot of wonderful wins since dropping to McGregor.
The 2 at the moment are set to fulfill once more at catchweight class and right here’s every thing we find out about it to date…
McGregor v Poirier: Date and begin time
This struggle is ready to headline UFC 257 on Saturday, January 23 however will happen within the early hours of Sunday morning for UK struggle followers.
The occasion is ready to get underway at 11pm on Saturday, January 23 with the primary occasion conflict between McGregor v Poirier anticipated at round 3am on Sunday, January 24.
The venue has additionally not been confirmed however it’s prone to happen on the Flash Discussion board in Abu Dhabi as many large occasions in 2020 have completed.
Ought to it not occur within the UAE, it should possible be held on the UFC APEX Middle in Las Vegas which has been used for many fights because the worldwide lockdown started.
McGregor v Poirier: TV and dwell stream
This occasion shall be broadcast on BT Sport within the UK however full particulars of the TV protection will observe.
The early prelims shall be proven on UFC’s Combat Move for subscribers as regular.
Within the US, all bouts shall be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish.
Conor McGregor’s first struggle with Dustin Poirier put Irishman ‘on the highway to changing into a billionaire’ due to profitable UFC deal from Lorenzo Fertitta
McGregor v Poirier: What has been stated?
McGregor took to Instagram in November to rejoice securing the date with Porier, posting: “I’m very grateful to be about to return and get to do what I really like once more.
“I sit up for the contemporary take a look at Dustin will carry since our first bout, whereas additionally showcasing my very own extremely deep cache of weaponry.
“No matter instrument is required on the evening shall be pulled from the duffel.”
And McGregor is wanting higher now than he did earlier than dealing with Floyd Mayweather, Khabib Nurmagomedov or Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, in accordance with his supervisor.
Audie Attar stated: “That is the most effective Conor I’ve seen ever, and I’ve been with him virtually a decade now.
“It’s the psychological fortitude, the emotional intelligence, the self-awareness, the time he’s spending together with his youngsters in between classes and what that does to him.
“It’s the reflection of every thing that’s occurred to us thus far – the great, the unhealthy and the ugly – having a stage of wherewithal and foresight to grasp what we have to do going ahead to realize the targets we’ve got now.
“I’ve by no means seen Conor like this. It’s concerning the problem, the competitors, being the most effective model of ourselves. Not simply the physique, however the thoughts and the soul as properly. And that’s enjoyable for me to see.
“The man doesn’t need to work a day in his life. He made extra money this 12 months not combating; that’s how good enterprise is. So to see him hungry to compete, hungry to proceed to evolve, hungry to show all of the naysayers unsuitable and hungry to show who his actually is, not solely athletically however as a businessman and as a human being, that to me is thrilling.
“That’s a driver for me; it fulfils my functions.”
McGregor v Poirier: What’s the purse?
Former two-weight champion McGregor is the highest-paid fighter in UFC historical past.
He banked greater than £23million for his first-round knockout win over Donald Cerrone in January.
And he’s anticipated to take house the lion’s share of the purse in opposition to Poirier.
The purse for the upcoming bout isn’t but identified however Mac has vowed to donate a piece of it to charity.
McGregor v Poirier: Combat card
Topic to alter
- MAIN EVENT: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor, Light-weight
- Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood, Girls’s Flyweight
- Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Marcin Prachnio, Gentle Heavyweight
- Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas, Girls’s Strawweight
- Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior, Middleweight
- Ottman Azaitar vs. Matt Frevola, Light-weight
- Shane Burgos vs. Hakeem Dawodu, Featherweight
- Andrew Sanchez vs. Andre Muniz, Middleweight
- Nasrat Haqparast vs. Arman Tsarukyan, Light-weight
- Umar Nurmagomedov vs. Sergey Morozov, Bantamweight