Conor McGregor has finally put pen to paper for his much anticipated UFC return.
The 32-year-old, who retired for a third time earlier this year, has reversed his decision once again and has signed a deal to fight Dustin Poirier on January 23, report The Mac Life.
The news is still to be confirmed by the UFC, though its president, Dana White, has already revealed the meeting – at lightweight – will not be for a title.
White believes Khabib Nurmagomedov will reverse his decision to quit the sport and compete once more in an attempt to make it a 30-0 record.
However, the winner between McGregor and Poirier, likely to be in Abu Dhabi at UFC 257, is likely to have a big say when it comes to talk of a title match in 2021.
“I am very grateful to be about to return and get to do what I love again,” McGregor recently wrote in a post on Instagram.
“I look forward to the fresh test Dustin will bring since our first bout, while also showcasing my own incredibly deep cache of weaponry. Whatever tool is needed on the night will be pulled from the duffel.
“I am also really excited about aiding Dustin’s charity ‘The Good Fight Foundation’, which through the donation, will build a gym/premise for disadvantaged youth in his childhood hometown. I truly love this, and pledge to match the donation on a premise in my own childhood hometown! Both spots with an ode to the upcoming bout.”
McGregor’s win against Poirier six years ago at featherweight enhanced his growing status as a superstar and propelled further towards the featherweight title, which he won from Jose Aldo in 2015.
He then collected the lightweight belt a year later to become the first man in UFC history to hold two world titles simultaneously.
McGregor has packed on the muscle since that first meeting and has been busy training in preparation for the rematch despite officially being retired for part of the year since he took just 40 seconds to beat Donald Cerrone in January.