Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier agree to UFC 178 clash

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Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will finally get to lock horns after the two rivals agreed to fight at September's UFC 178.

The two have been at each other's throats for a while and it's been amped up in recent weeks with McGregor's victorious return to the octagon at UFC Fight Night 46 on Saturday.

Now, it's been announced via the UFC's UK Twitter account, they'll get down to business on the main card of UFC 178, which is headlined by Jon Jones' eagerly anticipated rematch against Alexander Gustafsson - which won Fight of the Year honours last year.

Another stacked card

Perhaps the UFC has learnt something from the recent cancellation of UFC 176 and has definitely stepped up their game in recent weeks, adding several big fights to their PPVs and leaving fans eager for the events.

Both Fight Night 45 and 46 have gone down as two of the best cards of the year and they took place just last week. Also, with the UFC's return to FOX featuring a Welterweight No.1 Contender decider between Matt Brown and Robbie Lawler, it's a great time to be a UFC fan.

The same goes for UFC 178 as well. Jones-Gustafsson is strong enough on it's own but it's also going to feature the return of former bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz going head-to-head with the surging Takeya Mizugaki.

It will mark nearly three years since Cruz last competed, when he defeated Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson, the now flyweight champion.

On top of that, Cat Zingano, the number one contender to Ronda Rousey, will also be making her return after a lengthy lay-off.

Double knee surgeries and her husband's death have seen Zingano sidelined since her last fight in April 2013 and she returns to face Amanda Nunes, another top 10 contender.

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McGregor's rise

It will be a swift turnaround for McGregor as he'll have only had just over two months between now and his victory over Diego Brandao but it's clear that the UFC see the potential in him.

Poirier is ranked sixth in the UFC rankings and victory over him would put McGregor fresh into title contention.

He would likely need one more win after that against a top five opponent in order to get a featherweight title shot, but it's clear what path the UFC have for him.

McGregor is destined for greatness is he continues to win and endorsements from the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger certainly don't hinder his potential.

A must-see fighter in the lower divisions is what the UFC needs, especially with Urijah Faber not getting any younger.

Will Poirier derail the hype train?

It's certainly true that Poirier will pose the biggest threat to McGregor during his UFC tenure and a win for him would be huge.

Winning would certainly leave most people questioning 'what next for McGregor?' and 'how does McGregor come back from this?' but it would leave Poirier asking who is next.

It will be a fierce battle come September 27and it will certainly be one of the biggest fights of the year for the lower weight divisions, possibly even more so than Dillashaw upsetting Renan Barao for the bantamweight title.

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