Dana White: Conor McGregor Offered Take-It-Or-Leave-It Jan. 23 Date for Dustin Poirier Bout

By Tristen Critchfield Oct 14, 2020

The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s 2020 calendar is full, but Conor McGregor has the opportunity to fight Dustin Poirier early next year if he wishes to accept the promotion’s offer.

UFC president Dana White told ESPN that he wants to book McGregor vs. Poirier for Jan. 23. However, McGregor recently wrote on Twitter that he wants to fight before the end of the year and would accept dates on Nov. 21, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19.

"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 [broadcast partner] ESPN and got him his own date. He's been offered Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23.

“It’s a yes or no answer.”

UFC 255 on Nov. 21 and UFC 256 on Dec. 12 currently have two title fights apiece, while the Dec. 19 is not expected to be a pay-per-view and could not accommodate a star of McGregor’s stature. White said the promotion would not move any of those scheduled championship fights for McGregor, who announced his retirement for a third time earlier this year.

"That's not how it works," White said. "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."


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