Conor McGregor’s UFC comeback booked with date set for Dustin Poirier rematch

Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will face off for a second time early next year.

The MMA rivals will headline UFC 257 which is set to take place in Las Vegas on January 23, despite the Irishman having twice retired from the sport – the second of which coming as recently as June.

Negotiations for the lightweight bout are said to have been taking place for several weeks, with McGregor allegedly still keen to get it booked for an early date in December.

The 32-year-old has expressed his frustration at the promotion following his victory over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone back in January, and even suggested a charity fight with Poirier in the meantime.

MMA Fighting have reported that the deal has been confirmed with both sides.

UFC boss Dana White is said to have got involved after hearing of the aforementioned talks between the former rivals, who took part in a lightweight bout back in 2014.

The former featherweight and lightweight champion won by technical knockout in that meeting, and went on to win six of his further eight fights to the present day.

Poirier has won five of his past six fights including wins over Justin Gaethje, Max Holloway and Dan Hooker.

McGregor tweeted of his current status this month: “I am raring to go and in the best place I’ve ever been.

"Excited to show my practices to the world! Still awaiting official confirmation however.”

Having hit out at White in August by saying: “Code was broke when you lied about me turning down fights.

“I said Justin [Gaethje] in May and you went and said I did not want to fight. It’s not about Diego [Sanchez].

“Also you have been involved in Manny Pacquiao talks the legal letters are there. Stop lying.”

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