UFC 'may replace Poirier for McGregor's huge comeback fight next year'

UFC ‘could replace Dustin Poirier for Conor McGregor’s huge comeback fight on January 23’ with star’s financial demands proving a problem… but Justin Gaethje is among the contenders to step in

  • UFC are weighing up whether to replace Poirier for McGregor’s comeback fight
  • Poirier and McGregor agreed to face each other in the octagon on January 23
  • Reports claim that Poirier and the promotion are far apart on agreeing terms
  • This could lead to Poirier being swapped out, with Justin Gaethje an option 

Dustin Poirier could be replaced for Conor McGregor’s highly-anticipated comeback fight on January 23, according to reports.

‘The Diamond’ has been lined up to face the Irishman inside the octagon in the new year but no official terms have been agreed with either party as of yet.

Poirier has voiced his frustrations with the UFC over the bout, urging the promotion’s president Dana White to ‘stop playing games’ and to send over the ‘right contract’.

Dustin Poirier (pictured) could be replaced as the man to face Conor McGregor on January 23

McGregor announced last month that he is set to come out of retirement to face Poirier

However, according to ESPN, the American is seen as the final hurdle in the bout being finalised, which could see the UFC move on to different challengers if terms cannot be agreed soon.

The report claims that should Poirier fail to agree to terms, the UFC will consider moving on to former interim champion Justin Gaethje or someone else as McGregor’s next opponent.

It remains unclear whether McGregor would be interested in a fight with Gaethje despite the two trading insults over social media in recent months.

Poirier urged Dana White to ‘stop playing games’ and send over the right contract for the fight

McGregor agreed to fight Poirier in October after accepting White’s challenge over Twitter, confirming that he is ready to come out of retirement for a third time.

And ahead of the scheduled fight, McGregor confirmed that he plans to reclaim his place at the top of the UFC’s lightweight division next year. 

During an entertaining Twitter Q&A last week, McGregor revealed that he intends to remain active in the 155lb weight class.

‘I will commit to the 155lb division for 2021,’ McGregor responded when asked if he sees himself fighting again at welterweight.

The UFC will consider moving on to Justin Gaethje if terms cannot be agreed with Poirier

‘Some great match-ups to be had here, as well as unfinished business. I will show the world once again who I am, and what I’m about. Trust that! 170 is in my thoughts also, however. You know me for doubling up…’

He also insisted that he is now in a far better mental state than before.

‘Sometimes we must go to a place in our lives in order for us to get to a better place!’ he wrote.

‘I am in a tremendous space right now and I am excited for competition.’

In an entertaining Q&A last week, McGregor laid out his plans for his UFC comeback

McGregor and Poirier battled it out against each other back in September 2014 at UFC 178, with the Irishman winning via a technical knockout in the first round.

It took just two minutes for McGregor to knock out his old foe six years ago, but he admitted that he hopes it will be an even quicker finish this time round.

‘I will aim to not only improve on the time I beat him in previously, but the shot I slept him with also!’ McGregor replied when asked how long his opponent will last. ‘Poirier is a hell of a fighter, but I’m McGregor.’

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