White confirms UFC 257 plans with McGregor vs Poirier on Fight Island

Dana White confirms UFC 257 plans with Connor McGregor to face Dustin Poirier to complete week of three events taking place on Abu Dhabi based ‘Fight Island’ in January

  • UFC president Dana White has finally confirmed ‘Fight Island’ plans for January
  • Connor McGregor will face Dustin Poirier in a rematch following a  2014 bout
  • It will be the first fight for ‘Notorious’ in over a year after U-Turn on retirement
  • The Irishman had previously decided to walk away from competing in June 

UFC president Dana White has confirmed his January plans for the promotion after announcing the first three events will take place on ‘Fight Island’ in January.

The headline of these acts will see Connor McGregor take on Dustin Poirier to complete the week of action on January 23 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi at UFC 257.

White has long targeted the plans that are now confirmed after he posted a promotional poster of the trio of headline acts across the week on his Instagram account.

UFC president Dana White has finally confirmed his plans for UFC 257 at the start of January

White revealed the ‘Fight Island’ events headlined by Connor McGregor on Instagram

It will be the first UFC event staged on the island since October, with Yas Island and the UFC APEX facility in Las Vegas staging most of the promotion’s bouts since the coronavirus outbreak in March. 

McGregor’s bout with Poirier is a rematch following a 2014 clash which saw the ‘Notorious’ knock out his opponent in under two minutes at UFC 178 in 2014. 

The former featherweight and lightweight champion is back in UFC action for the first time in a year after defeating Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds last January.

McGregor will be competing in his first UFC bout in over a year at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi

He will go up against Dustin Poirier who will be looking to extract revenge from a previous bout

Confirmation of the fight also completes another U-Turn from McGregor, with the 32-year-old having stated he had retired, for a third time, back in June. 

His rematch with Poirier was confirmed by the UFC last month after strong rumours that he would face Manny Pacquiao in a boxing match next year.

The triple header bill in January gets underway with a Fight Night on January 16 when featherweight contenders Max Holloway and Calvin Kattar meet.

They will be followed by a mid-week bout that sees Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev clash on January 20.

McGregor (right) will fight Poirier (left) in a rematch of their one-round 2014 fight

‘Notorious’ had previously beaten his opponent in just under two minutes back at UFC 178

The welterweight contest is a rescheduled fight from December which was postponed after both fighters produced a positive test for coronavirus in the build up to the bout.

McGregor earlier on Tuesday was celebrating what he claimed what was the highest rated pay-per-view card of the year following his win over Cerrone. 

According to a document he shared on Twitter the event achieved 1.353million buys.

He said: ‘I am honored to secure their highest PPV of the year with McGregor vs. Cerrone. Congrats Donald and also on his double submission win last night.’ 

Conor McGregor is claiming the biggest UFC PPV of the year for the Donald Cerrone fight

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