Conor McGregor on Thursday tweeted that he has accepted the UFC’s supply to battle Dustin Poirier within the Octagon… with one caveat. The battle has to happen in 2020.
McGregor began the yr with a blistering end of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone within the UFC 246 essential occasion in January. He had deliberate to battle no less than three to 4 occasions throughout his 2020 season. That did not occur.
The Irishman butted heads with the UFC over dates and opponents. Then the world practically got here to a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic. With all the pieces mixed, McGregor’s frustration led him to announce his retirement from preventing in June.
Only in the near past, nevertheless, McGregor started saying that he was going to battle once more. Initially it was a boxing match with Manny Pacquiao. Then it was a combined martial arts exhibition bout with Poirier to lift cash for charity. McGregor promised a $500,000 donation to Poirier’s The Good Battle Basis as a part of the deal.
As soon as McGregor and Poirier had seemingly come to an settlement on the exhibition bout, UFC president Dana White made a proposal to the 2 to fulfill within the Octagon as a substitute.
Poirier rapidly accepted the UFC’s supply.
On the time the supply was initially made, White was aiming for a January or February 2021 date.
That is not going to fly with McGregor, who stated that he would battle Poirier, however provided that the bout have been to happen in 2020. He promised to nonetheless make good on the donation to Poirier’s charitable basis.
“Whats up Dustin! I accepted the UFC supply to battle you, however informed them it should occur in 2020. I am prepared for Nov. 21, on condition that card’s current harm points, in addition to any of the December dates, the 12th and the 19th. I will additionally nonetheless donate the $500,000 to The Good Battle Basis.”
UFC 255 and UFC 256 essential occasions blown aside
For his half, Poirier informed ESPN that he was agreeable to battle McGregor at UFC 255 on Nov. 21 or UFC 256 on Dec. 12. Each of these battle playing cards not too long ago had their essential occasions blown aside.
UFC bantamweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo was imagined to defend in opposition to Cody Garbrandt within the UFC 255 essential occasion, however his opponent fell out due to an harm. Garbrandt has since been change by Alex Perez, however that bout definitely would not maintain the attract of a Figueiredo vs. Garbrandt bout.
UFC 255 additionally options Valentina Shevchenko placing her flyweight title on the road reverse Jennifer Maia.
UFC 256 was initially slated to characteristic Kamaru Usman lastly placing his welterweight belt on the road in opposition to Gilbert Burns. However that bout was additionally pushed again when it was decided that Usman wanted extra time to be prepared.
Twin-division champion Amanda Nunes is slated to defend her featherweight belt in opposition to Megan Anderson at UFC 256.
Poirier sounded optimistic that he and McGregor would make the battle occur.
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