Conor McGregor is set to make his return to the UFC more than a year after his last fight. ESPN reports that McGregor had signed his bout agreement to face Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257, which will take place on January 23, with Poirier already signing the agreement at an earlier date. 

According to UFC President Dana White, the fight will take place on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, which had also hosted previously hosted UFC events. White, however, previously told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that it would only happen if everything goes according to plan. 

The fight, which will be at 155 pounds, will take place just over a year after McGregor’s last bout, which happened against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at the main event of UFC 246 on January 18. The fight lasted just 40 seconds, with McGregor beating Cerrone via TKO. The Notorious, however, was unable to return to the Octagon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and even announced his retirement from fighting back in June. 

But earlier this month, it seems as if he had put his retirement plans on hold, saying on social media that he was in a tremendous space and excited for competition. 

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He also made a prediction should he face Dustin Poirier, whom he previously defeated via 1st round TKO at UFC 178 back in September 2014. 

Poirier, meanwhile, has fought more recently, and is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Dan Hooker back in June. Now, with both fighters having signed the bout agreements, the UFC fight is officially on.