Conor McGregor has confirmed his return to the lightweight division ahead of the Dustin Poirier rematch, scheduled to take place in early 2021. Earlier, both the fighters had verbally agreed to a bout. However, fans are yet to get an official word from the UFC. However, the bout seems to be a done deal, with McGregor set to return to the Octagon after announcing his retirement from the sport early this year.
Fresh out of the McGregor FAST Laboratory today. Full body composition scan complete and the results came back =
Lightweight Division incoming 👑 pic.twitter.com/4CiZOFkL2H
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 30, 2020
McGregor put out a tweet earlier today, confirming his return to the 155lb division. Recently, McGregor had taken to Instagram and teased a huge announcement as he captioned a post with the caption, “Big News Coming!”
The Notorious returned to the UFC early this year against former lightweight title contender Donald Cerrone in the welterweight division.
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However, Conor McGregor’s coach had recently suggested that the Notorious would return at the 170 pounds division. Meanwhile, even Dustin Poirier had agreed to jump to the welterweight division to take on the former dual champion. Possibly, McGregor’s decision to drop back to the lightweight division had something do with UFC lightweight champion’s untimely retirement.
Can Conor McGregor reclaim his throne at the lightweight division?
Just last week, Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement soon after his emphatic win over interim champion Justin Gaethje. Nurmagomedov cruised past every dangerous Justin Gaethje with ease, securing a second-round submission to defend the lightweight gold. However, nobody saw the retirement coming.
In such a case, with no real contender on the line, there’s every reason to believe that McGregor could reclaim his throne at the lightweight division. Meanwhile, Dustin Poirier has an incredible opportunity to get his hands on the undisputed lightweight gold. Poirier failed to unify his interim strap, losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 via submission in the third round.
However, Poirier made an impressive return with a “Fight of the Year” performance against rising contender Dan Hooker.
Poirier is currently ranked #1 in the UFC’s lightweight rankings. It can be argued that that the hugely anticipated rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier could well be for the UFC lightweight championship.
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