The biggest name in mixed martial arts has signed his bout agreement to fight Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257 on January 23, according to McGregor's website The MacLife which was confirmed by ESPN.
McGregor defeated Poirier via a first-round knockout in 2014. How will Poirier respond the second time around? After leaving the sport for almost two years to box Floyd Mayweather Jr., McGregor returned to try to earn his old belt back from Khabib Nurmagomedov, only to be submitted in the fourth round with a neck crank.
The Athletic's MMA team - Ben Fowlkes, Shaheen Al-Shatti and Greg Rosenstein - sat down to discuss that and more.
The fight will headline UFC 257 with both fighters signing off on the agreement.
Poirier has gone 10-2 since losing to McGregor and is a far superior version of himself at lightweight. Allow me to explain.
An annoyed McGregor, who had previously announced multiple retirements before returning to the octagon, said in July he had retired after becoming frustrated at problems arranging bouts due to the Covid-19 pandemic and clashes with UFC.
McGregor, 32, has held UFC titles in the featherweight and lightweight divisions, but he has been at odds with the promotion since a TKO win over Donald Cerrone in UFC 246 on January 18. Poirier lost his share of the belt to Khabib Nurmagomedov by submission in September 2019 in Abu Dhabi, but rebounded with a decision over Dan Hooker last June. For the last couple of years, he has been looking for a rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov but considering Khabib has called it a career, it's clear Conor won't get that fight anytime soon.
McGregor and Poirier both favour brawling, on-the-feet fighting styles that should provide a good matchup for McGregor's strengths.