We finally have a date! The Notorious Conor McGregor is set to return to the Octagon against former interim champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 247. You heard that right. Earlier, McGregor had stated that he wants to return in January and seems like Dana White has heard the former dual champion.
The Notorious will finally take on Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257 in a potential #1 match for the UFC’s lightweight championship. McGregor was looking at a return before the end of the year. With Amanda Nunes pulling out of her title fight at UFC 256, fans were expecting huge news. However, that won’t be the case. Be that as it may, the news is definitely exciting and will mark McGregor’s return after almost a year. However, it will mark almost three years since McGregor last competed inside in the lightweight division.
Conor McGregor finally returns to the lightweight division
Conor McGregor will finally return to the lightweight division. Earlier, the Notorious has hinted with an Instagram post that he is making his return to the division. McGregor last competed in the welterweight division against Donald Cerrone. The return was short-lived as McGregor once again announced his retirement from the sport after failing to find suitable match-ups.
Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier is exciting! The hugely anticipated rematch will mark Poirier return to the Octagon after a “Fight of the Year” outing against Dan Hooker early this year. Poirier has lost only once in his last eight bouts inside the Octagon. Poirier’s last loss came against lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov back at UFC 242.
Earlier, Khabib Nurmagomedov had stated that he will fight anybody who can get past Dustin Poirier in the lightweight division. Now, with McGregor taking on the former interim champion, it looks like the Notorious could call out Khabib next.
While Khabib Nurmagomedov has announced his retirement from the sport, it has not been made official by the UFC. Recently, Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz hinted that the Eagle could make his return to the UFC to fulfill the impeccable record that his father wanted him to achieve – 30-0.