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Conor McGregor's UFC return against Dustin Poirier 'could be a welterweight clash set at 170lbs'


Conor McGregor’s UFC return against Dustin Poirier in January ‘could be a welterweight clash set at 170lbs’ according to the Irishman’s head coach John Kavanagh 

  • Conor McGregor is set to return to UFC in January against Dustin Poirier 
  • The Irish MMA legend retired from the sport in June but is making a comeback
  • McGregor’s coach thinks the Poirier fight could be a welterweight contest
  • Head coach John Kavanagh thinks the clash on January 23 would be set at 170lbs
  • McGregor’s match-up with Poirier at UFC 178 in 2014 was set at 145lbs 

Conor McGregor’s fight with Dustin Poirier next year could be a welterweight class taking place at 170 lbs, coach John Kavanagh has suggested.

The Irishman will be making his return to MMA after retiring from the sport earlier this year and has agreed to take on American rival Poirier on January 23 in a UFC pay-per-view clash. 

The clash will be a rematch of the 2014 clash at UFC 178 which McGregor won in the first round and Kavanagh, the head coach for ‘The Notorious’, has pointed towards a welterweight contest. 

Conor McGregor (left)'s clash with Dustin Poirier (right) in 2021 could be a welterweight clash

Conor McGregor (left)’s clash with Dustin Poirier (right) in 2021 could be a welterweight clash

McGregor's head coach John Kavanagh tweeted that the fight could be set at 170lbs

McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh tweeted that the fight could be set at 170lbs

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. 

‘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.’

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

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. 

‘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’

The 2014 clash between McGregor and Poirier was set at 145lbs with many fans expecting a level of 155lbs this time around. 

The 2014 clash between McGregor (left) and Poirier (right) at UFC 178 was set at 145lbs

The 2014 clash between McGregor (left) and Poirier (right) at UFC 178 was set at 145lbs

Since the UFC 178 clash, McGregor has fought eight times, winning six and losing two, while he has also tried his hand at heavyweight boxing with a clash against Floyd Mayweather in 2017. 

McGregor had entered talks with Manny Pacquiao during the UFC legend’s ‘retirement’ about taking part in a charity boxing match in the New Year, though it looks like the Irishman is prioritising a MMA return. 

The 32-year-old retired because he was not able to land the high-profile fights against Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson. 

Kavanagh (right) hopes both McGregor (left) and his rival can stay hydrated over Christmas

Kavanagh (right) hopes both McGregor (left) and his rival can stay hydrated over Christmas

Poirier, however, claims that he is a better option than either of those two as plans begin to speed up over the January fight.  

The American told the UFC podcast this week: ‘He could push for a fight with Tony. That would be an exciting fight. 

‘I’m a fan of the sport, and I think that would be a good fight to watch, but Tony is coming off of a loss. 

McGregor will be making his return to UFC against Poirier on January 23 after retiring this year

McGregor will be making his return to UFC against Poirier on January 23 after retiring this year

‘I just had the interim title; I’m No. 2 (in the UFC rankings). I’m coming off of a win, a “Fight of the Year” contender. 

‘I think it makes more sense. Every fight is a chance or a risk, no matter how prepared you are. If you’re gonna risk something, do it with the top guy and get a title shot.’

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