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Conor McGregor all smiles as Irish star is pictured in training ahead of UFC comeback


Conor McGregor all smiles as Irish star is pictured in training ahead of UFC comeback against Dustin Poirier as coach John Kavanagh reveals bout could be held at welterweight

  • Conor McGregor has been pictured in training ahead of his UFC return 
  • The 32-year-old has agreed to take on Dustin Poirier on January 23, 2021 
  • The pair met in 2014, with The Notorious emerging victorious in the 145lbs bout
  • McGregor is looking to face the American at the AT&T Stadium, Dallas 

Conor McGregor has been pictured back in training as preparations get under way for the UFC star’s return to the sport against Dustin Poirier next year.

The former two-weight world champion, 32, has accepted a rematch with Diamond on January 23, having beaten the former interim lightweight champion in a featherweight match up in 2014.

A deal that would see the two fan-favourites clash once again is all but agreed, with paperwork still to be signed, and McGregor is looking to compete at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. 

Conor McGregor has been pictured in training ahead of his UFC comeback early next year

Conor McGregor has been pictured in training ahead of his UFC comeback early next year

The 32-year-old has agreed to come out of retirement to face Dustin Poirier on January 23

The 32-year-old has agreed to come out of retirement to face Dustin Poirier on January 23

And The Notorious appears to have begun training for his UFC comeback, having retired from the sport earlier this year. 

Moldovan wrestler Kosti Gnusariov, a friend and sparring partner of the former featherweight and lightweight champion, has posted a picture of himself and a smiling McGregor to Instagram after a workout on Sunday.

The Irishman had been looking to compete before the end of the year, but with the final two PPV events booked in, UFC chief Dana White was left with no space to book a McGregor event.

The American, 31, has agreed to rematch the Irish superstar in a tantalising match up

The American, 31, has agreed to rematch the Irish superstar in a tantalising match up 

McGregor defeated Poirier in the featherweight division six years ago at UFC 178

McGregor defeated Poirier in the featherweight division six years ago at UFC 178

The 32-year-old last competed in January this year, when he made his first UFC appearance since October 2018 in beating Donald Cerrone at welterweight. 

McGregor’s bout with Poirier is reported to be held in the 170-pound weight category, too, with the Irishman’s coach, John Kavanagh confirming the pair could compete at welterweight as the PPV star eyes up a boxing showdown with Manny Pacquaio. 

Kavanagh tweeted on Friday: ‘Watching @TheNotoriousMMA do MMA rounds lately has been a real joy and education. Fluidity of movement with elite level timing and skill. 

The Irish star is hoping to face 'The Diamond' at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys

The Irish star is hoping to face ‘The Diamond’ at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys

‘Dustin has improved so much since first meeting, conor has improved much more imo. To see them hydrated & healthy at 170 will be fascinating’ 

Poirier responded to the tweet with an irons emoji, to which Kavanagh replied: ‘Will be an honour to stand across the cage from you again.’  

The American, nicknamed the diamond, then replied: ‘Let’s go!!’ as the excitement of McGregor’s return to UFC builds up.

Kavanagh then tweeted: ‘Enjoy your Christmas Dustin, lash that cranberry sauce on the turkey. See you hydrated, glycogen loaded and healthy at 170 in January. 

McGregor's coach, John Kavanagh, has revealed the fight could be held at welterweight

McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, has revealed the fight could be held at welterweight

 

Poirier seemed to endorse Kavanagh's recommendation as talk of the January fight builds up

Poirier seemed to endorse Kavanagh’s recommendation as talk of the January fight builds up

‘Stick to your guns young man, let’s do something special. Also work on that pull tendency, I’m sure you know what I mean’

McGregor took to Twitter on Wednesday night to send fans into raptures as he accepted a bout with Poirier.  

‘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 (Pacquiao).’ 

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