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UFC Could Replace Dustin Poirier For Conor McGregor's Comeback Fight On January 23

UFC Could Replace Dustin Poirier For Conor McGregor's Comeback Fight On January 23

Conor McGregor could end up fighting Justin Gaethje instead of Dustin Poirier in his highly-anticipated comeback at UFC 257.

Poirier has been lined up to welcome McGregor back to the famed Octagon on January 23.

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'The Diamond', who hasn't fought since his war with Dan Hooker in June, is eager to face 'The Notorious' for a second time following their 2014 clash.

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However, McGregor vs. Poirier is in danger of collapsing due to the American's financial demands.

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Ariel Helwani reports that the promotion could now draft in Gaethje to take on McGregor at UFC 257.

'The Highlight' last fought at UFC 254 when he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov but suffered little damage en route to a submission defeat.

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The ESPN journalist, though, states McGregor would have to be on board with facing Gaethje.

He claims: "The UFC has said it would be willing to replace Poirier with Gaethje (or even another fighter), sources say.

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"Of course, for this to happen, McGregor would have to be on board, and I'm not sure if he is, to be honest.

"That's because Gaethje is coming off a loss and because of things Gaethje has said about McGregor (specifically about McGregor as a father) in the past.

"At this point, McGregor might be Poirier's biggest ally. If McGregor says he'll only fight Poirier, the UFC will have to work much harder to figure things out with Poirier.

"However, if McGregor says he's open to other options because he just wants to fight, Poirier might be in trouble. Ultimately, I'll say right now that they'll figure things out with Poirier and the Jan. 23 fight will get done.

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"That's just a guess, because this can go sideways at any minute. But, because Poirier will realize this is too big an opportunity to pass up and because McGregor wants it, I'll say it will get done."

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So, McGregor vs. Poirier isn't completely off the table yet. But there's work to be done to finalise the match-up for UFC 257.

Though the promotion is eyeing Gaethje, or someone else, to fill the spot if Poirier drops out.

Featured Image Credit: Conor McGregor/UFC

Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor Mcgregor, Dustin Poirier, Justin Gaethje, Fight News, UFC, Dana White

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Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Darren Till, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.