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Conor McGregor Has Announced His Next Fight and It’s Not What You Think

Over the last several months, Conor McGregor has been all around the place concerning his professional fighting career. McGregor has ranged from another retirement to flirting with the idea of another boxing match. He has now moved to another event that isn’t what you’d expect.

Conor McGregor’s uncertain future with the UFC

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It’s no secret that Conor McGregor has grown frustrated with his situation regarding the UFC.

McGregor elected to retire again in June, which many saw as his ploy to push the UFC into a corner to get another match set up. Instead, it has led to much bickering back and forth between him and UFC president Dana White.

The 32-year-old stepped that up a notch after publicly airing out private direct messages from Instagram between himself and White. That wasn’t received kindly by the longtime UFC president, who questioned McGregor’s decision-making while stating he broke their trust code.

The former featherweight champion has also remained quite vocal on social media about his desire to take on different notable fighters in the business. That has taken another interesting turn with his latest move that has received a verbal agreement for his next fight away from the UFC.

Conor McGregor lines up charity sparring event against Dustin Poirier

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Throughout the process, there has been a constant connection between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.

The two fighters previously fought back at UFC 178 in September 2014, with McGregor coming out on top via a knockout in the first round. Khabib Nuragomedov also mentioned Poirier as the opponent that he must beat first to get a title rematch.

With the possible boxing match against Manny Pacquiao in Saudi Arabia next year falling apart, McGregor has moved fast to set up another fight. He contacted Poirier over social media earlier this week for a charity sparring event in Dublin, Ireland. McGregor offered to pay for the flights for Poirier and his family as well as donating $500,00 to his charity.

It didn’t take long for the veteran UFC fighter to respond to the offer with a verbal agreement over Twitter. Many other things first must get hammered out before it can officially move forward. All that has led to Dana White to react quickly to the situation.

Dana White attempting to make it a UFC match

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With Conor McGregor moving swiftly to set up a charity sparring event with Dustin Poirier, Dana White entered the picture.

McGregor’s comments on social media point out that he wants to do something away from the UFC. Despite that, White voiced to Barstool Sports this week that he has reached out to both fighters in hopes of getting a match set up at a UFC event.

“(Conor) called out Poirier for a fight with (him) in Dublin for charity. So we offered them both a fight. We offered Dustin and Conor a fight, so we’re waiting to hear back from both of them.”

The current charity event is set for December 12, 2020, which gives the UFC a defined date to work with the fighters. McGregor’s issues with the company haven’t been his unwillingness to fight, both rather the lack of getting things worked out sooner. He voiced on numerous occasions that he wanted to fight back in May, but things never transpired.

If McGregor can cement his sparring event with Poirier, it will be on the UFC to make an appealing enough offer to get both fighters to commit to an official fight.