Conor McGregor claims to have accepted the UFC‘s offer of a rematch with Dustin Poirier. After seeing the former featherweights agree to have a charity match with one another, UFC president Dana White began putting in a motion a plan for the pair to rematch one another.
Late last month, White told Barstool Sports: “(Conor) called out Poirier for a fight with (him) in Dublin for charity.
“So we offered them both a fight. We offered Dustin and Conor a fight, so we’re waiting to hear back from both of them.”
Former interim-lightweight champion Poirier, 31, immediately grabbed the offer with both hands, tweeting: “I accept.”
And less than two weeks removed from the promotion’s offer, McGregor has done the same – albeit with a caveat .
“I’ll also still donate the $500k to The Good Fight Foundation,” McGregor added.”
Should the UFC book McGregor vs Poirier II, the bout will be a rematch of their UFC 178 showdown – which took place in Las Vegas six years ago.
That night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena was a short one for Ireland’s first UFC champion, who solidified his position as a featherweight contender by TKO’ing Poirier less than two minutes.
The appetite for a rematch between the pair has been high ever since Poirier’s run to interim lightweight gold last April and his ill-fated title shot against undisputed 155lb king Khabib Nurmagomedov.
And, at this moment in time, the fan favourite believes it’s the right fight for both men to run it back.
“Look at it from his side, for sure there’s some upside there. Khabib said if him or Tony beat me that he would give them a shot at the title, so if that holds any weight, he’s looking at that,” Poirier said during an appearance on the UFC Unfiltered podcast.
“I don’t know what his ambition is, I don’t know how hungry he is to be the UFC lightweight world champion.
“If it is, a fight with me makes a lot of sense to get the next title shot.”
McGregor, 32, hasn’t fought since his 40-second demolition of Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in January.
Poirier, meanwhile, hasn’t competed since his gruelling five-round war with Dan Hooker in June.
McGregor, 22-4, was hoping to compete a further two times this year but had those ambitions scuppered by the coronavirus outbreak and less than fruitful talks with the UFC brass.
The Irishman had dubbed 2020 a “season”, which he hoped to close out with a rematch with bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.