CONOR McGREGOR has agreed to return to MMA to face Dustin Poirier in a December charity exhibition.
The Irishman retired from the UFC in June, however already introduced he would return to boxing to combat Manny Pacquiao within the Center East.
He adopted it up by publicly difficult Poirier – who he beat in 2014 – to an exhibition in Eire, with out the UFC’s involvement.
The proposal, of an openweight bout with no weigh ins, was accepted and McGregor revealed negotiations will now happen behind the scenes.
Right here SunSport particulars how the previous opponents match up with 38 UFC wins between them.
McGregor burst onto the scene in 2013, and inside 5 fights and two years he challenged for UFC gold.
He received the interim featherweight strap in opposition to Chad Mendes earlier than dethroning undisputed champ Jose Aldo.
A double header in opposition to Nate Diaz adopted in 2016 earlier than he beat Eddie Alvarez for the light-weight belt – turning into the primary to carry two titles on the similar time.
McGregor would then put his UFC profession on maintain in 2017 to make his profitable boxing debut in opposition to Floyd Mayweather, which he misplaced in ten rounds.
The Irishman returned in 2018 in opposition to bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, tapping out in spherical 4, however bounced again this January beating Donald Cerrone.
He hung the gloves up in June after being ignored within the light-weight title image, however seems able to combat once more.
With 19 KO’s in his 22 wins, McGregor has probably the most deadly left palms within the sport.
Mix that together with his wonderful counter punching, controlling of vary and supreme confidence, the southpaw star is without doubt one of the most technically gifted fighters in historical past.
However his lack of momentum since a career-high payday in opposition to Mayweather has value McGregor worthwhile years, combating simply twice within the three years since that bout.
He had deliberate to combat FOUR instances as a part of his ‘2020 season’ however was left pissed off because the coronavirus pandemic halted all plans.
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After being KO’d in opposition to McGregor inside two minutes at featherweight in 2014, Poirier was left with a modest 16-Four report.
However after transferring up in weight his boxing and energy vastly developed as he quickly turned probably the most improved UFC fighters.
Poirier would lose simply as soon as in 11 fights, regardless of a no contest in opposition to Eddie Alvarez, earlier than he confronted Max Holloway for the interim light-weight belt.
He went in as an enormous underdog, regardless of beating Holloway seven years prior.
Poirier proved too sturdy for the then-featherweight champion, hurting him on a number of events.
The win would earn him a shot at unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov, which just about resulted in a shock upset after Poirier locked in a choke.
Nurmagomedov would survive and ultimately submit Poirier himself, who beat Dan Hooker in his return combat.
The American has a number of the greatest palms within the sport and with good takedown defence, he’s proving a pressure within the division.
Poirier has been concerned in ten Combat of The Evening, Efficiency of The Evening or Submission of The Evening, matches.
It has made him a fan favorite because of his thrilling combat type.
Of their first combat, McGregor was capable of stroll Poirier down, touchdown a left hand that closed the present.
Regardless of his inactivity, in comparison with Poirier’s, the previous two-weight champion nonetheless owns the benefits going into the bout.
Having final fought at welterweight, he has dimension on his aspect and arguably is extra highly effective with higher putting.
Even with Poirier’s come ahead, aggressive type, it performs into McGregor’s palms with the southpaw probably the most scientific counter punchers.
However for Poirier to win, he does have to get in The Infamous’ face and set a excessive tempo like Diaz did at UFC 196 in 2016 the place he received by submission.
For McGregor, staying on the skin and selecting his man aside looks as if the most probably case, like he did in opposition to Alvarez at UFC 205 4 years in the past.
And when the chance arises to punch in mixtures, that’s his probability shut the present.
That is the right combat for McGregor to attempt to revive his MMA profession, with Poirier three locations above him within the UFC light-weight rankings.