Back in 2014, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier faced each other at UFC 178, in the Featherweight division.
McGregor was early in his UFC career, and starting to make a name for himself. This was his first fight on PPV, and he stole the show on his way to becoming a star.
With endless trash talk and mental warfare before knocking Poirier out in the first round, it’s one that Poirier has always wanted to get back.
Fast forward to 2020, Conor McGregor has gone on to since become one of the most famous athletes on the planet. His UFC accolades include becoming Interim Featherweight Champion, Undisputed Featherweight Champion and capturing the Lightweight Title to become “champ champ”.
Dustin Poirier has also since gone on to capture the Interim Lightweight Championship, and has gone 10-2-1 since the fight with The Notorious. With one of his two losses coming from Khabib Nurmagomedov, and also claiming wins over the likes of Max Holloway, Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez and more (a very similar career path to McGregor).
The two have recently agreed to rematch each other. What was first discussed as a charity match, has now become an official UFC rematch.
Initially, it was rumoured to take place at 170lbs (Welterweight), but with Khabib Nurmagomedov recently vacating his Lightweight title, the focus turned on whether McGregor Poirier 2 could be for the vacant belt.
Yesterday, McGregor posted the following video, conforming his return to 155lbs:
Fresh out of the McGregor FAST Laboratory today. Full body composition scan complete and the results came back =— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 30, 2020
Lightweight Division incoming ? pic.twitter.com/4CiZOFkL2H
Poirier also confirmed with the following tweet:
155LBS https://t.co/Sj6xtVt0Ve— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 30, 2020
It’ll be interesting to not just see these two fighters face again after so much growth and improvement, but also at their more natural weight class, and possibly for the title.
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