Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor took to Twitter on Wednesday night to say that he’s verbally accepted a Jan. 23 showdown against Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier.
McGregor added that he hopes the card will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. The UFC hasn’t officially made any announcement yet.
McGregor had initially stated that he wanted to fight Poirier, but only if the fight could take place before the end of 2020. He has apparently come off of those demands.
It’s unclear if the bout will be contested at 155 or 170 pounds.
Back when both were fighting in the featherweight division, McGregor dusted Poirier via first-round knockout at UFC 178 on Sept. 27 of 2014. McGregor’s trash talk before the bout created a lot of bad blood between the two fighters.
However, the loss was a catalyst for Poirier to go on a run and become one of the roster’s most popular fighters in the last six years. The Lafayette, LA., product moved up to the 155-pound loop after the defeat.
Since then, Poirier owns a 10-2 record with one no-contest. He has five knockouts and one submission in those 10 victories, in addition to bagging eight fight-night bonuses. Poirier has participated in five Fights of the Night and garnered three Performance of the Night bonuses.
Three of his 10 wins have come over former UFC champions in Max Holloway, Eddie Alvarez and Anthony Pettis. He also knocked out current interim lightweight champ Justin Gaethje, who will fight Khabib Nurmagomedov next Saturday night in the UFC 254 main event on Fight Island. Gaethje is a +240 underdog at most books.
Poirier’s two losses since fighting McGregor have come against Michael ‘The Menace’ Johnson and Nurmagomedov, who defeated ‘The Diamond’ by third-round submission in Abu Dhabi last September. Poirier had won the 155-pound interim strap with his unanimous-decision win over Holloway to set up the unification title fight against the still-unbeaten Nurmagomedov.
McGregor needed only 40 seconds to KO Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in a welterweight contest at UFC 246 back on Jan. 18. He owns a 22-4 overall record and a 10-2 mark in 12 Octagon appearances.
As of Thursday morning, BetOnline had McGregor installed as a -180 favorite vs. Poirier, who is a +155 underdog.
In other UFC news, Petr Yan will defend his bantamweight title for the first time in the UFC 256 co-main event vs. Aljamain Sterling on Dec. 12. BetOnline has Yan listed as a -170 ‘chalk’ vs. Sterling, who is a +145 underdog.