Yesterday Dustin Poirier revealed that he was none-the-wiser as to whether a proposed fight with Conor McGregor was actually going to happen, but now he’s got his answer from ‘The Notorious’ himself.
In a new post on Twitter, McGregor has confirmed that he will accept the UFC’s offer to fight him in the Octagon, but there’s a small catch – it has to happen before the end of the year.
“Hello Dustin!” McGregor wrote to his potential opponent. “I accepted the @ufc offer to fight you, but told them it must happen in 2020. I’m ready for Nov 21st, given that cards recent injury issues, as well as any of the December dates, the 12th and the 19th. I’ll also still donate the $500k to The Good Fight Foundation.”
It had been reported that the UFC wanted to host the fight in January, so it remains to be seen if they’ll be happy to do it earlier than that.
UFC 255 on November 21st had been set to be headlined by a flyweight title fight between Deiveson Figueiredo and Cody Garbrandt, alongside another title bout in the co-main event pairing women’s flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko with Jennifer Maia.
However, Garbrandt suffered a torn bicep and had to withdraw from the fight, which has led to a less high-profile opponent in Alex Perez getting the title opportunity instead.
As it stands that makes it a relatively weak PPV offering, so a McGregor vs. Poirier fight could completely transform it overnight into a must-see show.
If that date doesn’t work out then December 12th’s UFC 256 event would be the other likely landing spot, and that one makes sense too as the originally proposed welterweight title headliner between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns was recently postponed until next year.
That leaves only a women’s featherweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Megan Anderson on-board at the top of the card, so again McGregor vs. Poirier would fit in perfectly alongside that.