After some less-than-good-natured public negotiations between Conor McGregor and the UFC, it finally looks like the Irishman and the world’s leading MMA promotion are about to hit a deal to return to the Octagon.
McGregor, whose announcement of “resignation” appears to have been taken seriously by none other than UFC President Dana White, who kept telling reporters that the Irishman had retired from the sport, tweeted to confirm he was having a fight with the old opponent Dustin Poirier has accepted, but with conditions.
McGregor and Poirier initially appeared to be alone as they publicly discussed on social media the possibility of competing in a boxing match in Dublin, Ireland. Part of the proceeds went to Poirier’s charity “The Good Fight Foundation”.
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Following this news, the UFC has apparently tried to book the pair in a full-fledged bout in the Octagon, and after Poirier tweeted a heartfelt “Hey @TheNotoriousMMA what’s up” to the Irish, McGregor replied that he agreed to face “The Diamond.” “in the UFC as long as the fight takes place this year.
“Hello Dustin!” he began.
“I accepted the @ufc offer to fight you but told them it had to happen in 2020. I’m ready for November 21st given the recent injury issues on this card as well as one of the December dates, December 12th and 19th. I will continue to donate $ 500,000 to the Good Fight Foundation. “
Hello Dustin! I accepted the @ufc offer to fight you but told them it had to happen in 2020. I’m ready for Nov 21st with the cards recent injury issues as well as one of the December dates the 12th and 19th. I will continue to donate the USD 500,000 to the Good Fight Foundation (https://t.co/23hN4AHtoI)
– Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 8, 2020
Poirier responded with a positive message, explaining how McGregor’s $ 500,000 donation would be spent on the youth of Poirier’s hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana.
“We’ll make it! Good man,” he wrote.
“We will use the donation to open a boxing / MMA academy on the side of town. Me and @dc_mma grew up where the lessons for the kids will be good grades.”
We will make it! Good man, we will use the donation to open a boxing / MMA academy on the town side. Me and @dc_mma grew up where tutoring for the kids will have good grades. Https://t.co/gfy7lMUBtp
– The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 8, 2020
If the matchup were signed, sealed, and made official, it would bring the couple together in a rematch of their featherweight matchup at UFC 178 in September 2014.
By the time, the couple had built a heated rivalry, largely led by McGregor’s brazen trash talk. On the coming night of the fight, the Irishman finished the American in 106 seconds over TKO to claim his fourth win in the UFC and meet his prediction of a first-round win.
If the recent social media exchange is any clue, the rivalry between the two has cooled significantly over the years, and the two fighters, now both ambitious, have a rematch with all-conquering UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov to win have cooled significantly in 2021.
If the matchup is booked, it could become a de facto number one battle with the winner battling the UFC 254 main event winner between Khabib and current interim champion Justin Gaethje.
It also received the seal of approval from former two-part UFC champion Daniel Cormier, who is also from Lafayette.
He responded to McGregor’s tweet by posting, “I appreciate that, sounds like we have a fight boy! And Conor is still ready to give the money to Dustin’s charity. Great job, McGregor !!! You are the man! “
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