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Will it be Revenge or Repeat?

The Notorious Conor McGregor is looking to put an end to his rivalry with Dustin Poirier in a rematch that could edge him one step closer to becoming light-weight champion once again.

Conor McGregor has vowed to knock out Dustin Poirier inside a minute when he makes his long-awaited return to the octagon.

The Irishman faces Poirier at UFC257 in Abu Dhabi on Jan 23 in a re-match that has been seven years in the making.

The winner here will take a massive step towards another title fight and McGregor is pledging the outcome will be just as swift.

He said “I love Dustin, he’s a good fighter. Maybe he’s even a great fighter, but great is still levels below me. I will knock Dustin out inside 60 seconds,”

In their previous bout McGregor scored a KO victory inside the first round, before he went on to make history becoming the first ever simultaneous two-weight world champion in the UFC.

After defeating Eddie Alvarez in decisive fashion for the lightweight title, the notorious took a break from mixed martial arts to have a one-off boxing match with the consensus greatest ever Floyd Mayweather.

The fight made history with astronomical PPV buy numbers however the Irish sensation came up short in a 10th round TKO defeat.

During McGregor’s two-year hiatus from MMA Poirier went on a winning streak in the lightweight division , beating former champions Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje in the process.

While Nurmagomedov was unable to compete due to Covid restrictions, the diamond became interim lightweight champion after earning a decision victory again Max Holloway in a five-round scrap.

In their most recent fights Poirier defeated Australian native Dan Hooker in a gruelling unanimous decision victory ,while McGregor knocked out welter-weight contender Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds of the first round.

Both men have stated just how important this fight is and highlighted several differences between now and when they last met.

A win for Poirier could set up a trilogy fight between the pair while a win for McGregor would provide a definitive end to the rivalry .

Undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement back in October due to personal reasons leaving the future of the lightweight division in doubt.

However, UFC president Dana White recently met with Nurmamedov and hinted that the eagle may return to face the winner of McGregor vs Poirier.

“If Conor wins in spectacular fashion, it would be harder to say he doesn’t deserve the shot and Dustin has been on a tear.”

One thing for certain is that this highly anticipated rematch and rivalry promises to be deliver, as the fighters have a combined 39 finishes in 46 professional fights .

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