Conor McGregor has accepted the 23 January date on offer from the UFC for his rematch with Dustin Poirier and wants the fight to take place at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas in front of a vast crowd.
The rematch between the Notorious and the Diamond has been touted for weeks and the UFC got on board, with president Dana White offering the January date to McGregor as they could not fit it into the schedule this year.
White described the offer as a ‘yes or no answer’ and he has got his response, although it will be McGregor’s only UFC fight for some time as he then plans to box Manny Pacquaio.
‘I accept, Jan 23rd is on!’ McGregor tweeted.
‘My goal is to see this fight take place in Cowboy Stadium. Proper Style! Jerry Jones is a friend and the stadium can hold our crowd.
‘I will be ready for Texas and Texas will be ready for my fans! Then Manny. #McGregorSportsandEntertainment.’
So I don’t know if the UFC wants him to fight one more time before they allow him to fight Pacquiao or if he just wants to get one more this year before starting next year with the Pacquiao fight, but what better way to do it against another southpaw?
‘I think that might be his mind set. He wants to fight another southpaw before he fights another southpaw. I don’t know what’s going on, but I think that’s what the alignment is.’
McGregor responded on Twitter: ‘Correct. Southpaw box style. Continue to sharpen my MMA skills with some tough competition, while leading into my Manny bout preparation.
‘It’s not easy going between both sports and then coming back to the one sport again. Just want to keep sharp guys, that’s all. It’s only fair.’
The first meeting between the pair came at UFC 178 in September 2014 and ended in a first round TKO for McGregor as the Irishman continued his rise up the featherweight ranks.
This contest will certainly not be at featherweight, but either lightweight, where Poirier campaigns, or even higher as McGregor last fought at welterweight against Donald Cerrone in January.
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