A fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier for UFC’s January 23rd pay-per-view event has officially been agreed upon, per a report from Oscar Willis of TheMacLife.
The fight will headline a card that UFC President Dana White claims will take place at “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
News of the fight being put together was reported earlier in the month, although the asterisk on the booking was that McGregor had not signed his contract yet. The recent report from TheMacLife confirms he has signed his contract now.
The matchup will be the second time the lightweights have met. McGregor defeated Poirier back in 2014, stopping him in the first round with strikes.
McGregor made his return to action in January of 2020, stopping veteran Donald Cerrone within a minute with strikes. His previous fight dated back to 2018, where he lost a UFC Lightweight Championship fight to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Like McGregor’s last fight, his January fight will be a non-championship bout despite headlining a PPV card.
Similar to McGregor, Poirier’s last fight was a bounce-back after a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov. In June, Poirier won a five-round decision over Dan Hooker.
The fight will be McGregor’s first since announcing retirement in June.
Here are the other fights which have been reported for the card.
Bout 7: Dustin Poirier (26-6) vs. Conor McGregor (22-4) (Lightweight)
Bout 6: Jessica Eye (15-8) vs. Joanne Calderwood (14-5) (Flyweight)
Bout 5: Michelle Waterson (18-8) vs. Amanda Ribas (10-1) (Strawweight)
Bout 4: Brad Tavares (17-6) vs. Antonio Carlos Junior (10-4) (Middleweight)
Bout 3: Andrew Sanchez (12-5) vs. Andre Muniz (20-4) (Middleweight)
Bout 2: Arman Tsarukyan (15-2) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (12-3) (Lightweight)
Bout 1: Ottman Azaitar (13-0) vs. Matt Frevola (8-1-1) (Lightweight)