McGregor accepts UFC's offer to fight Poirier on January 23
Conor McGregor tweeted Wednesday night he will accept a fight on Jan. 23 and threw out 80,00-seat AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas as a possible location.
I accept, Jan 23rd is on!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 14, 2020
My goal is to see this fight take place in Cowboy stadium. Proper 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
"I accept, Jan 23rd is on! My goal is to see this fight take place in Cowboy stadium. Proper 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," McGregor tweeted.
The UFC offered McGregor a fight against Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23 and is not willing to make it happen before that date, UFC president Dana White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
Last week, McGregor tweeted that he was willing to accept the fight with Poirier under the condition that the bout takes place in 2020.
"We offered him a fight, we got him his own date," White told ESPN. "We didn't have a date this year. We have everything laid out for this year, with world champions fighting for titles. He wants to fight Dustin Poirier apparently, so we went to ESPN and got him his own date. He's been offered Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23. It's a yes or no answer."
Both flyweight champions Deiveison Figueiredo and Valentina Shevchenko are expected to defend their belts at UFC 255 and two-division champion Amanda Nunes is expected to put her featherweight title on the line on the same day as bantamweight champion Petr Yan at UFC 256.
White tells ESPN that the promotion is not planning to rearrange any of those fights to accommodate booking McGregor.
"That's not how it works," White told ESPN. "We laid out this year. He was retired. Would anybody disagree he was retired? Through this crazy pandemic year we're going through, we faced a lot of challenges. There were a lot of things done to make this thing work. We made it happen. We have our schedule laid out. Fighters have committed to it. Fighters have started training for these fights. Conor came back and wants to fight Dustin, so we went out and got him his own date. It's Jan. 23."