White refuses to book McGregor-Poirier earlier than January

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McGregor confirms January 2021 fight with Dustin Poirier

McGregor's standoff with UFC president Dana White appears to have finally come to an end after both parties were unable to agree on a return date for the former featherweight and lightweight champion. When Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier verbally agreed to fight, McGregor's sole condition was that the fight take place in 2020 in what was perhaps a last-ditch effort to salvage as much as he can of the "fight season" he had originally mapped out pre-COVID for 2020.

Of course, Poirier could have been competing later this month at UFC 254 if negotiations over potential fights with Tony Ferguson and Michael Chandler had gone well. He wants to fight Dustin Poirier apparently, so we went to [broadcast partner] ESPN and got him his own date.

White confirmed that he is willing to create a new date at the beginning of next year to give enough time for McGregor and Poirier to properly promote what would be a pay-per-view hit.

"We offered him a fight, we got him his own date", White told ESPN. "If his goal is to be the world champion, this fight makes a lot of sense". "Maybe fans are back in January and Conor vs. Dustin is in a sold-out arena somewhere". "We laid out this year". We made it happen.

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McGregor 'accepts' date to fight Poirier

The Mystic man took to Twitter to inform that he is on board with the offered date, and evidently suggested the venue of the fight as well. We have our schedule laid out. According to Dustin Poirier, McGregor's sudden interest in a fight with him also has to do with Pacquiao, as he wants to prepare for his boxing match via an MMA bout, and since Manny has a southpaw stance, he probably wants an in-ring practice with an opponent of similar character, which in this case would be him (Poirier).

"I'm ready for Nov 21st, given that cards recent injury issues, as well as any of the December dates, the 12th and the 19th".

"I think the Conor side of the deal might be the tougher part to get done, and once that's done, they might come to me". "But I already had plans in motion of going back home and also, I wanted to be paid more".

Poirier would have no issues with facing McGregor this year, with "The Diamond" hoping to avenge his loss to the Irishman back in 2014.

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