Over the years, Conor McGregor has remained one of the most polarizing fighters in the UFC. That has remained the case even with not having a match since January. The chatter has ramped up in a promising fashion as McGregor has finally lined up his return to the octagon.
Conor McGregor retires from the UFC
Conor McGregor decided to end his professional fighting career yet another time back on June 6 as he announced his retirement.
McGregor’s comments came with a few nuggets of information that suggested he could return to the octagon. Much of which came from his remarks regarding his frustrations with not getting a match earlier in the year. It only further underlined that the proper situation could get him back in business.
That saw UFC president Dana White weigh in on the matter voicing that he didn’t view McGregor as an option for a match at any event in 2020. However, things shifted into high gear over the last few weeks concerning a possible return to the octagon. All that has come to fruition with a comeback match set up for the former light heavyweight champion.
Conor McGregor lines up UFC comeback fight
Over the last few weeks, there has remaining building chatter toward Conor McGregor getting back into the octagon. That has seen him work his way toward getting a verbal agreement from Dustin Poirier on a charity sparring event in Dublin, Ireland targeting a date in December.
It didn’t take long for Dana White to step in to get that worked out to be part of a UFC event. Things have taken another significant step in the right direction, as McGregor announced on social media that he agrees to fight Poirier through the UFC on Jan. 23.
That also comes with McGregor proposing the condition of getting the match done at AT&T Stadium, where the Dallas Cowboys play. He likely suggested that given his strong connection to team owner Jerry Jones and the ability to have fans in attendance at the event. The Cowboys are one of the few teams in the NFL to have fans in attending games in the 2020 season.
It’s certainly a possibility on the table as there are still a few months to work out the details, including the location. Beyond all that, it signals that McGregor will be back in the octagon.
Future beyond Dustin Poirier fight
Conor McGregor’s decision to take on a fight with Dustin Poirier opens the door to his future well beyond that.
McGregor has stayed firmly on the path of desiring to have a boxing match against legendary fighter Manny Pacquiao. There has been a constant dialogue between both sides, but nothing has come to fruition. McGregor had posted on Twitter that the two could fight in the Middle East next year, but that scenario fell through.
There will also be chatter around him continuing to fight in the UFC as he could get his rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov. Other prominent fighters such as current light heavyweight champion Kamaru Usman has voiced his interest in fighting him.
All that may come down to McGregor choosing the route of what he believes is most profitable for his professional career. It’s all up in the air at this juncture and should get much-needed clarity once he takes on Poirier in the coming months.