Conor McGregor accepts Dustin Poirier rematch, demands fight take place before end of 2020

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 .

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I accepted the @ufc offer to fight you, but told them it must happen in 2020

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In response to a recent tweet from ‘The Diamond’, McGregor said: “Hello Dustin! I accepted the @ufc offer to fight you, but told them it must happen in 2020.”

So eager is McGregor to return to action, he’s willing to headline UFC 255 in six weeks’ time.

He added: “I’m ready for Nov 21st, given that cards recent injury issues, as well as any of the December dates, the 12th and the 19th.”

The former two-division UFC champion is eager for his second meeting with Poirier to have some charitable benefit and intends to make a sizeable donation to the Lousiana native’s Good Fight charity.

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“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 264 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.

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