Dubai: it’s on. The long-awaited UFC showdown between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier was scheduled for January 23 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
McGregor, the former UFC two-division champion, took to Twitter to announce the news with a post that goes viral.
‘My goal is to make this fight take place in Cowboy Stadium. Proper style! ”
McGregor defeated Poirier at UFC 178 in Las Vegas six years ago in just 1:46 minutes, but Poirier has since developed into one of the best fighter fighters in the world and a leading title contender.
Both McGregor and Poirier actively talked about the rematch on Twitter with the Irishman saying, “I will be ready for Texas and Texas will be ready for my fans!”
He ended the tweet with two words that took the fighting world by storm – “Toe Manny” – a reference to his desire to face the Filipino icon, Pacquiao, in the boxing ring, possibly in the Middle East. .
The AT&T Stadium in Texas seems the perfect fit to fight Poirier once again, as McGregor is a good friend of the stadium’s owner, Jerry Jones.
Following the imposition of safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, AT&T Stadium will open at 25 percent of capacity, enabling more than 20,000 fans for the Cowboys’ soccer matches.
McGregor put off negotiations to fight Poirier with bricks, unless it was before the end of the year. after the frontrunner between welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns was canceled.
“We offered him a fight, he got his own appointment for him,” UFC boss Dana White told ESPN on Wednesday. “We did not have an appointment this year. We’ve put it all together for this year, with world champions fighting for titles. He apparently wants to fight Dustin Poirier, so we went to ESPN and got him his own date.
“He’s being offered Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23. That’s a yes or no answer.”
McGregor and the UFC were at odds after his knockout blow to Donald Cerrone in January at UFC 246, and the subsequent retirement after not discussing a top fight with Pacquiao.
He then attempted to put together a charity match with Poirier without the help of the UFC, which angered White.
Source: Gulf News