- Conor McGregor is going to compete on Fight Island on January 23.
- ESPN reported Tuesday that Dustin Poirier has now signed a bout agreement which commits him to that date, in a lightweight match against McGregor.
- UFC boss Dana White is loathe to confirm plans for an event in two months' time considering the complex situation with regards to COVID-19.
- However, White did say this fight will likely headline an event on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
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Conor McGregor is going to compete on Fight Island providing "everything goes to plans," the UFC boss Dana White said Tuesday.
ESPN reported that Dustin Poirier has signed a bout agreement that commits him to a January 23 date against McGregor.
The lightweight bout would headline the third residency on the UFC's acclaimed Fight Island — a quarantined bubble on Yas Island which the Abu Dhabi tourism board built in conjunction with the UFC so that the world's leading mixed martial arts firm could hold international events during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
White remains apprehensive about confirming plans for an event in two months' time considering the current COVID situation means things can change at a moment's notice.
But he did say the company will be returning to the Middle East after a lengthy stint at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
"January 23 on Fight Island, if everything goes according to plans. There are a ton of ifs right now. I have to see where the world is at in the next couple of months," White told ESPN.
UFC has held two series of international shows on Fight Island this year, including fights like Kamaru Usman's UFC welterweight championship victory over Jorge Masvidal, and Khabib Nurmagomedov's UFC lightweight championship submission win against Justin Gaethje.
Having McGregor in Abu Dhabi would elevate the Fight Island brand once again, providing the UFC with a marquee match that it can build events around.
Though he did not mention Fight Island, McGregor said on Instagram that he is looking forward to showcasing his full skillset against Poirier, which will be a rematch of a 2014 fight the Irishman won by knockout.
"I look forward to the fresh test Dustin will bring since our first bout, while also showcasing my own incredibly deep cache of weaponry," he said. "Whatever tool is needed on the night will be pulled from the duffel."
The Poirier match will be McGregor's first since he destroyed Donald Cerrone in a 40-second win at UFC 246 in January 2020.
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