Conor McGregor accepts Dustin Poirier rematch, but 'it must happen in 2020'

Liz Roscher
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What was once a proposed charity match outside the UFC appears to have turned into a legit UFC rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.

Poirier tweeted at McGregor on Wednesday night, trying to get his attention about the status of their potential rematch. And did he ever get an answer.

McGregor tweeted that he accepted the UFC offer to fight Poirier, ending his four-month retirement that no one actually thought was real.

Poirier’s last fight was a unanimous decision victory over Dan Hooker in June. McGregor hasn’t fought since he defeated Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in January. Poirier and McGregor originally faced off on Sept. 27, 2014 at UFC 178. McGregor defeated Poirier in the first round via TKO.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Conor McGregor attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Conor McGregor wants to get a fight in before the end of 2020, and it looks like it'll be a rematch between him and Dustin Poirier.. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

McGregor wants to fight in 2020

McGregor was pretty insistent that the fight with Poirier happen before the end of 2020. According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, the UFC offered him a fight date of Jan. 23, 2021 but he wanted it to be in 2020. He suggested Nov. 21, which is about six weeks away. He also suggested Dec. 12 (nine weeks away) or Dec. 19 (ten weeks away).

Helwani reported that McGregor is waiting to hear back from the UFC about next steps. According to MMAFighting.com, Poirier has also accepted the fight with McGregor and is waiting for the UFC to work out a deal with him.

Even though the fight is no longer for charity, McGregor said that he plans to donate $500,000 to Poirier’s charity, The Good Fight Foundation. Poirier was grateful, thanking McGregor on Twitter and describing what the money will be used for.

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