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Promotion president Dana White then stepped in and said UFC would happily hold the fight - and offered a date in January.
Although 'The Notorious' initially wanted to fight in 2020, he took to Twitter and stated: "I accept, Jan 23rd is on!
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. #McGregorSportsandEntertainment
- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 14, 2020
"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!
McGregor's tweet indicates he wants the fight held in Texas, with a crowd of fans cheering him on.
Poirier immediately responded with a tweet of his own, in which he said: "Close to home for me on my birthday weekend! What weight?"
Close to home for me on my birthday weekend! What weight? https://t.co/xLyWxWgFxh
- The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 14, 2020
White stood firm on his offer of January 23 and told ESPN it was a "yes or no answer" from the Irishman.
"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 January 23."
McGregor announced his retirement from UFC earlier this year after being sidelined thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 32-year-old stated "nothing excited him anymore" and has since been involved in a public war of words with White.
It is currently unknown why McGregor wanted to fight before the end of 2020, but a slated boxing match with Manny Pacquiao means he'll have to stay in fighting shape.
McGregor will be stepping into the octagon for the first time since January, when he defeated Donald Cerrone inside 40 seconds at UFC 246.
Correct. Southpaw box style. Continue to sharpen my MMA skills with some tough competition, while leading into my Manny bout preparation.
It's not easy going between both sports and then coming back to the one sport again.
Just want to keep sharp guys, that's all. It's only fair. https://t.co/PnjHb4VP9j
- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 13, 2020
Poirier, meanwhile, beat Dan Hooker back in June after unsuccessfully challenging for Khabib Nurmagomedov's lightweight title last September.
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Featured Image Credit: Conor McGregor/Instagram & Dustin Poirier/Instagram
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