Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier’s rematch appears to be edging closer to becoming a reality, but it’s still not a done deal just yet.
According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Poirier has signed the bout agreement, but the UFC brass are still waiting for McGregor to do likewise.
“McGregor, per sources, hasn’t yet, however, he verbally agreed last month and is not expected to be a hurdle in making the bout a reality,” Helwani wrote on Twitter.
The fight is expected to take place at UFC 257 on January 23rd of next year and will be contested at 155lbs.
Dana White later confirmed that the fight is in the works, but he’s still erring on the side of caution for now.
“Jan. 23 on Fight Island, if everything goes according to plans,” White said after the Contender Series 35 event last night. “There are a ton of if’s right now. I have to see where the world is at in the next couple of months.”
If it does go through it will see the two battle for a second time, with McGregor having emerged victorious via an early first round TKO last time out.
That bout was fought at featherweight though, and since then McGregor has not only gone on to win that title, but also claimed the lightweight strap too, and competed up at welterweight too.
For his part Poirier also moved up to lightweight and has so far compiled a 10-2 (+1nc) record and fought Khabib Nurmagomedov for the 155lb title last year.