Conor McGregor accepts new 2021 date for UFC fight with Dustin Poirier
With the UFC rumor mill continuing to churn over the course of the last several weeks, top lightweight contenders Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier have had a back-and-forth of their own on Twitter.
This tandem of UFC superstars have been eyeing a fight—and more specifically, a rematch—sometime in the near future, it now appears as though the world-renowned mixed martial arts promotion has set a date in place for this 155-pound clash.
“I accept, Jan 23rd is on!”, McGregor tweeted on Wednesday. “My goal is to see this fight take place in Cowboy stadium. Proper Style! Jerry Jones is a friend and the stadium can hold our crowd,” the Irish fighter added, referencing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
“I will be ready for Texas and Texas will be ready for my fans! Then Manny,” McGregor recently added, also referring to world-class boxer Manny Pacquiao.
I accept, Jan 23rd is on!
My goal is to see this fight take place in Cowboy stadium. Proper Style! 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!
Then Manny. #McGregorSportsandEntertainment
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 14, 2020
While McGregor originally wanted to fight again before the end of the 2020 calendar year in either November or December, the UFC and president Dana White were seemingly unwilling to budge on a late-January date for this matchup. Although all indications point toward McGregor and Poirier squaring off at 155 pounds, it is also possible that this fight ultimately takes place at welterweight.
It is worth noting that McGregor previously bested Poirier via technical knockout (TKO) as a result of their first meeting all the way back in Sept. 2014. That matchup came at 145 pounds before McGregor eventually went on to become the UFC featherweight—and lightweight—champion shortly thereafter.
Since that bout, though, Poirier has produced an impressive 10-2-1 (1 NC) record with McGregor encountering all sorts of different obstacles—both inside and outside the octagon.