Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier 2 set for UFC 257, but LW title won’t be on the line

Conor McGregor’s long-awaited comeback fight is a done deal, UFC president Dana White has revealed. The UFC’s first simultaneous two-division champion is set to return to the Octagon on January 23 in the main event of UFC 257, where he’ll clash with former featherweight rival Dustin Poirier.

McGregor vs Poirier II has been in the pipeline for over a month, with White recently revealing all that remains is for the fight to come to fruition is for duo to sign their respective contracts.

“We’ve offered the fight and we got him his own date,” White told BT Sport. “That date didn’t exist.

“We worked with ESPN, we got him his own date. And we’ve offered them the fight. I know contracts haven’t been signed yet.”

However, according to White, both men have now penned the bout agreements issued to them.

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I believe the deal is done

Dana White on the status of Conor McGregor’s rematch with Dustin Poirier

“I believe it is,” White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto after UFC Fight Night 181 when asked if the fight has been finalised. “I believe the deal is done, yeah.”

White’s update on the contest came a few days after both McGregor and Poirier suggested their rematch had been finalised on social media.

The pair, 32 and 31 respectively, set chins wagging on Twitter on Thursday evening by tweeting smiley-face and diamond emojis minutes apart from one another.

McGregor vs Poirier II will be a rematch of the pair’s UFC 178 showdown, which took place in Las Vegas six years.

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That night at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena proved to be a short one at the office for ‘The Notorious’, who announced himself as a legitimate featherweight title contender with an emphatic first-round TKO victory.

Following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement after his UFC 254 victory over Justin Gaethje, many, including McGregor, expect UFC 257’s showpiece bout to be for the lightweight title.

White, however, has pumped the brakes on talk of McGregor vs Poirier II being for the title by insisting the 155lb strap is still in the possession of the undefeated Russian – who he reckons will make one final foray into the Octagon.

He said: “So (Khabib) was super emotional after that fight (with Justin Gaethje) and you know he got the measles the mumps, whatever he got.

“Then he broke his toe leading into that fight. Took the fight, and with the passing of his father I just think he was super emotional and was just in the moment that night.

“I am not saying that he is going to 100% come out for 30-0, but I get the feeling that he will.”

McGregor, 22-4, hasn’t set foot inside the Octagon since his 40-second demolition of Donald Cerrone in January, which served as UFC 246’s main event.

Poirier, meanwhile, hasn’t set competed since his gruelling five-round war with Dan Hooker in July, which he won via unanimous decision.

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