UFC news: Conor McGregor officially accepts offer to fight Dustin Poirier

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“The Notorious” Conor McGregor has accepted UFC’s offer to fight Dustin Poirier inside the Octagon early next year.

Initially, McGregor and Poirier had agreed to fight in an exhibition MMA bout for charity, which was announced shortly after UFC 253 by the Irishman.

The proposal from McGregor was on social media for the public eye, stating that he would pay for Poirier’s flight to Ireland, and contribute to his chosen charity to make the fight happen.

However, two weeks after, UFC President Dana White announced he had offered an official rematch to the two corners. Finally it seems that McGregor and his team have accepted the offer.

Poirier took to Twitter the morning after White’s interview, posting: “I accept."

Two weeks later, it looks like a date has been confirmed by McGregor as to when the fight will happen.

McGregor took to social media to confirm that he had accepted the offer, saying: “I accept, Jan 23rd is on!"

The Irishman continued, revealing where he wants the location of the fight: “My goal is to see this fight take place in Cowboy Stadium.

“I will be ready for Texas and Texas will be ready for my fans!” McGregor wrote.

The first fight between the two was back in 2014 at UFC 178, held in Las Vegas. The featherweight bout ended in the first round, with McGregor being victorious via TKO.

Since then, both fighters have moved up weight class to lightweight – the weight class the rematch will be fought at.

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Both fighters will be going into the fight with momentum inside the Octagon, with both winning their latest bouts. McGregor defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in just 40 seconds back in January at UFC 246.

Meanwhile, Poirier’s last fight saw him beat New Zealand lightweight Dan Hooker via decision in June this year.

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