Just days after a victory over Diego Brandao in Dublin, Conor McGregor‘s return to the Octagon has already been announced, with the featherweight contender set to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 178. The two have exchanged words via social media for a number of months, and the UFC were rumoured to be waiting to book Poirier’s next bout should McGregor come out unscathed in his return.
With McGregor 3-0 in the UFC and Poirier winning his last three, both have earned their place in the top 10 of the featherweight division. McGregor currently sits in the #10 spot, with Poirier reaching #6 after defeating Akira Corassani in his last bout.
Conor McGregor has been nothing short of a revelation since joining the UFC in 2013, after winning two titles in British promotion Cage Warriors. The charismatic Irishman has built a huge fan base with his brash comments, entertaining fights and high finishing rate, and is now set to face his most high profile opponent since entering the promotion.
After returning from ACL surgery successful in a one-round beatdown of Diego Brandao, McGregor will look to win his fourth straight over his first top ranked opponent and – in doing so – stake his claim amongst the elite at featherweight. The winner of this fight could be just one more win away from a shot at the title, making it another incredible addition to UFC 178.
‘The Diamond’ has impressed since joining the UFC from the defunct WEC, winning four straight after entering the promotion in 2011. This earned him his first main event in a back-and-forth war with Chan Sung-Jung which many tipped for Fight of the Year in 2012, and although Poirier was on the losing end, he showed why he is a top contender at featherweight.
The 25 year-old since went on to win four in five, with his sole blemish being a late notice bout against #3 ranked Cub Swanson in an entertaining three rounder. With finishes in three of his last four wins and two Fight of the Night honours, Poirier’s fight with Conor McGregor is one which fans can eagerly await.
Also on the UFC 178 card are a plethora of high-calibre bouts, including the headliner between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson in their rematch for the UFC light heavyweight title. Dominick Cruz returns against Takeya Mizugaki, top ranked middleweights Tim Kennedy and Yoel Romero face off, and Cat Zingano also makes her return against Amanda Nunes. The card will be held on September 27 in Las Vegas, NV at a yet-to-be-confirmed venue.