Conor McGregor is set to return to action in the New Year and headline UFC 257 with a clash against old rival Dustin Poirier.
McGregor, who beat Poirier at UFC 178 in September 2014, is training for his Octagon return despite retiring for the third time earlier this year.
‘The Notorious’ beat Donald Cerrone last January in just 40 seconds in his comeback bout following his dramatic defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The 32-year-old has hinted at fights against Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather but it appears MMA fans will get to see him do what he does best again soon.
Poirier also lost to Khabib last year but has claimed a number of fine wins since losing to McGregor.
The two are now set to meet again at catchweight class and here’s everything we know about it so far…
McGregor v Poirier: Date and start time
This fight is set to headline UFC 257 on Saturday, January 23 but will take place in the early hours of Sunday morning for UK fight fans.
The event is set to get underway at 11pm on Saturday, January 23 with the main event clash between McGregor v Poirier expected at around 3am on Sunday, January 24.
The venue has also not been confirmed but it is likely to take place at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi as many big events in 2020 have done.
Should it not happen in the UAE, it will likely be held at the UFC APEX Center in Las Vegas which has been used for most fights since the worldwide lockdown began.
McGregor v Poirier: TV and live stream
This event will be broadcast on BT Sport in the UK but full details of the TV coverage will follow.
The early prelims will be shown on UFC’s Fight Pass for subscribers as normal.
In the US, all bouts will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish.
Conor McGregor’s first fight with Dustin Poirier put Irishman ‘on the road to becoming a billionaire’ thanks to lucrative UFC deal from Lorenzo Fertitta
McGregor v Poirier: What has been said?
McGregor took to Instagram in November to celebrate securing the date with Porier, posting: “I am very grateful to be about to return and get to do what I love again.
“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.”
And McGregor is looking better now than he did before facing Floyd Mayweather, Khabib Nurmagomedov or Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, according to his manager.
Audie Attar said: “This is the best Conor I’ve seen ever, and I’ve been with him almost a decade now.
“It’s the mental fortitude, the emotional intelligence, the self-awareness, the time he’s spending with his kids in between sessions and what that does to him.
“It’s the reflection of everything that’s happened to us to date – the good, the bad and the ugly – having a level of wherewithal and foresight to understand what we need to do going forward to achieve the goals we have now.
“I’ve never seen Conor like this. It’s about the challenge, the competition, being the best version of ourselves. Not just the body, but the mind and the soul as well. And that’s fun for me to see.
“The guy doesn’t have to work a day in his life. He made more money this year not fighting; that’s how good business is. So to see him hungry to compete, hungry to continue to evolve, hungry to prove all the naysayers wrong and hungry to prove who his really is, not only athletically but as a businessman and as a human being, that to me is exciting.
“That’s a driver for me; it fulfils my purposes.”
McGregor v Poirier: What is the purse?
Former two-weight champion McGregor is the highest-paid fighter in UFC history.
He banked more than £23million for his first-round knockout win over Donald Cerrone in January.
And he’s expected to take home the lion’s share of the purse against Poirier.
The purse for the upcoming bout is not yet known but Mac has vowed to donate a chunk of it to charity.
McGregor v Poirier: Fight card
Subject to change
- MAIN EVENT: Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor, Lightweight
- Jessica Eye vs. Joanne Calderwood, Women’s Flyweight
- Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Marcin Prachnio, Light Heavyweight
- Marina Rodriguez vs. Amanda Ribas, Women’s Strawweight
- Brad Tavares vs. Antonio Carlos Junior, Middleweight
- Ottman Azaitar vs. Matt Frevola, Lightweight
- Shane Burgos vs. Hakeem Dawodu, Featherweight
- Andrew Sanchez vs. Andre Muniz, Middleweight
- Nasrat Haqparast vs. Arman Tsarukyan, Lightweight
- Umar Nurmagomedov vs. Sergey Morozov, Bantamweight