The long awaited rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier appears to have a very good chance of happening in 2020. The two initially agreed to a charity fight outside the UFC just a few weeks back, though contracts probably wouldn’t have allowed such an event. Poirier had initially hopped in an ESPN MMA Twitter thread in which McGregor called Daniel Cormier a “fat fool.”
“I asked for May you fat fool, what you saying? I fought in January and tried to go again but was purposely held back to be an alternate for a July fight,” McGregor said in response to allegations of not wanting to fight during the lockdown. In response to Poirier’s simple reply of “Conor?”, McGregor proposed a charity bout. “Hey bro! You want to do an MMA charity fight? Zero to do with the ufc. I will donate half a mill towards your charity for it. Sell it on ppv or work a tv deal and we work out other charities that are close to my heart also,” responded McGregor.
McGregor recently leaked supposed screenshots between he and Dana White in which McGregor asked to fight in July. The Irish superstar asked about fights with Justin Gaethje and Diego Sanchez, among others. Dana White was not pleased with the leak, calling it “one of the dirtiest things you can do.”
Then, earlier today, the two again engaged on Twitter and agreed to a UFC match-up. McGregor stated that he wants the fight to happen in 2020 and mentioned November 21st and December 12th as potential dates. “Hello Dustin! I accepted the @ufc offer to fight you, but told them it must happen in 2020. 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. I’ll also still donate the $500k to The Good Fight Foundation,” McGregor said in a tweet.
If the fight gets made, it will surely be one of the most anticipated non-title fights in recent memory. Though McGregor KO’d Poirier way back in 2014, the landscape of the division and sport at large is radically different. Both fighters are much more skilled than they were back then and Poirier especially has made tremendous strides. Poirier now finds himself as one of the top three fighters in the sport’s most illustrious division, last securing an impressive victory against Dan Hooker.
As for McGregor, he hasn’t fought in the UFC since making short work of Cowboy Cerrone at UFC 246. He then announced his “retirement” via Twitter not long after the KO victory, which led to criticism following his talk of wanting to make a run at the belt. A fight with Poirier, however, would erase that doubt, as this rematch is far and away the most relevant fight McGregor could take for a title shot.
If McGregor and Poirier are matched up again, it will be a tightly contested fight with predictions going either way. It will be the first time we could see a truly competitive McGregor fight since UFC 229, which would be fantastic to say the least.