DANA WHITE revealed he desires Conor McGregor to make his UFC return on January 23 on Struggle Island – however a deal in NOT ‘executed but’.
The UFC president has offered the Irishman a lightweight headliner with Dustin Poirier, who has signed his aspect of the deal.
Dana White desires Conor McGregor to make his UFC return on January 23 on Struggle IslandCredit score: Twitter @thenotoriousmma
Dustin Poirier has signed to combat McGregor Credit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
McGregor did already verbally agree to the rematch, having received the preliminary combat at featherweight in 2014.
However UFC president White careworn there are nonetheless a number of hurdles to beat earlier than asserting that his greatest star is coming again.
He advised ESPN: “Nothing is finished but.
“January 23 on Struggle Island if the whole lot goes in keeping with plans. There are a ton of if’s proper now.
“I’ve to see the place the world is within the subsequent couple of months.”
McGregor, who has not fought since knocking out 37-year-old Donald Cerrone in January, appeared to substantiate his impending return on-line.
The 32-year-old uploaded an image of his face off with Poirier six years in the past to Instagram.
And he wrote: “I’m very grateful to be about to return and get to do what I like once more.
“I sit up for the recent take a look at Dustin will convey since our first bout, whereas additionally showcasing my very own extremely deep cache of weaponry.
“No matter software is required on the evening will likely be pulled from the duffel.
“I’m additionally actually enthusiastic about aiding Dustins charity “The Good Struggle Basis”, which by means of the donation, will construct a fitness center/premise for deprived youth in his childhood hometown.
“I actually love this, and pledge to match the donation on a premise in my very own childhood hometown! Each spots with an ode to the upcoming bout.
“Wonderful stuff! See you guys quickly.”
McGregor had retired in June having been frozen out of the title image but has consistently teased a comeback.
UFC president White revealed a deal for McGregor to return in not but executedCredit score: Getty Photographs – Getty
Since Poirier, 31, was overwhelmed by the southpaw star, he stepped as much as light-weight with nice success, shedding simply as soon as in his final six fights.
The defeat got here in opposition to champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, 32, final yr.
Unbeaten Khabib left the division up within the air after asserting a shock retirement following a submission win over Justin Gaethje, 31, at UFC 254.
White revealed Nurmagomedov will hold on to his belt for now, believing he’ll return for a thirtieth and ultimate combat.
It denies McGregor a right away title shot, as he seems set to main-event UFC 257 with Poirier.