Conor McGregor has hinted that his UFC comeback fight against Dustin Poirier next year could be a lightweight clash set at 155lbs.
The Irishman retired once again from MMA in June of this year but is planning a shock return to the octagon on January 23 against American rival Poirier in Las Vegas.
The UFC lightweight title had belonged to Khabib Nurmagomedov but the Russian retired from the sport himself after his Justin Gaethje victory last weekend.
Conor McGregor has hinted that his fight with Dustin Poirier could be a lightweight contest
McGregor will taken on Poirier (above) on January 23 next year in his UFC comeback fight
And McGregor teased a return to the division which he once reigned – before his defeat to Khabib in 2018 – by tweeting: ‘Fresh out of the McGregor FAST Laboratory today.
‘Full body composition scan complete and the results came back = Lightweight Division incoming.’
Next year’s McGregor-Poirier fight is a rematch of the 2014 clash at UFC 178 – set at 145lbs – which ‘The Notorious’ won in the first round at Las Vegas’ MGM Arena.
The 2014 clash between McGregor (left) and Poirier (right) at UFC 178 was set at 145lbs
The UFC Lightweight title has been vacated after Khabib Nurmagomedov retired last week
But McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, believed that the upcoming fight could be a welterweight clash set at 170lbs.
Kavanagh tweeted earlier this month: ‘Watching @TheNotoriousMMA do MMA rounds lately has been a real joy and education. Fluidity of movement with elite level timing and skill.
‘Dustin has improved so much since first meeting, conor has improved much more imo. To see them hydrated & healthy at 170 will be fascinating’
McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh claimed this month that the fight could be set at 170lbs
Poirier (below) appeared to endorse Kavanagh’s suggestion of a welterweight contest
Poirier, nicknamed the diamond, appeared to endorse Kavanagh’s suggestion, relaying: ‘Let’s go!!’ as the excitement of McGregor’s return to UFC builds up.
Since the UFC 178 clash, McGregor has fought eight times, winning six and losing two, while he has also tried his hand at heavyweight boxing with a clash against Floyd Mayweather in 2017.
McGregor had entered talks with Manny Pacquiao during the UFC legend’s ‘retirement’ about taking part in a charity boxing match in the New Year, though it looks like the Irishman is prioritising a MMA return.
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