Conor McGregor has accepted UFC boss Dana White’s offer to face Dustin Poirier on January 23, but with a catch: the Irishman wants the showdown to take place at the home of the NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys.
Earlier this week, White said the UFC calendar was fully booked for this year and McGregor and Poirier would have to wait until January for a rematch of their 2014 meeting, which the infamous Dubliner won in the round of 16.
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White’s offer contradicted McGregor’s initial insistence that he only wanted to face Poirier in November or December, but the former two-weight champion has now set the date while inserting his own caveat about where the event should take place.
“I accept January 23rd is open! My goal is to see this fight at the Cowboy Stadium. Right style!” McGregor tweeted.
“”[Cowboys owner] Jerry Jones is a friend and the stadium can hold our crowd. I will be ready for Texas and Texas will be ready for my fans! Then Manny, “added the Irishman, referring to his plans to step into the ring next year to face Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao after battling Poirier in the octagon.
I accept, January 23rd is here! My goal is to see this fight in the cowboy stadium. Right style! Jerry Jones is a friend and the stadium can hold our crowd. I will be ready for Texas and Texas will be ready for my fans! Then Manny. #McGregorSportsandEntertainment
– Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 14, 2020
Poirier soon gave his approval before inquiring at what weight the two would meet.
It remains to be seen whether McGregor’s desire to lead the fight at the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington will be deemed feasible by the UFC.
McGregor and UFC boss White have had strained relationships for the past few weeks after the Irishman shared a private exchange of messages between the two while sharing his frustrations over being on hiatus for much of 2020.
McGregor last fought in January, taking a 40-second win over Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in Las Vegas. He then announced that he would be retiring from the sport in June, citing the lack of excitement about the opportunities available to him.
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Somewhat predictably, he has since reversed that decision, first declaring that he would face Pacquiao in the ring next year, and then arranging a competition with Poirier that was originally planned as a sparring event outside the aegis of the UFC.
Still pledging $ 500,000 to Poirier’s Good Fight Foundation charity, McGregor says he sees Poirier’s southern paw pose as the ideal preparation for his fight with Philippine eight-weight boxing champ Pacquiao.