BREAKING: Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier Trilogy Date Announced

Dustin Poirier had a chance to compete for the UFC lightweight title, but he opted to wait for a trilogy fight against Conor McGregor instead.

Earlier this week, the UFC announced plans to crown a new 155-pound champion in the wake of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement with Michael Chandler set to face Charles Oliveira at UFC 262 on May 15 in Houston.

UFC president Dana White confirmed plans of a Poirier-McGregor trilogy when asked about the potential matchup.

“Dustin – he wants the rematch and that’s smart. That’s what he should do,” White said. “He should take the rematch, take that fight. It’s a big fight for him. The kid has worked hard his whole life, his whole career, to be in a position like this – and that’s the fight you take.

“We’ve been in positions like this with others and they made the mistake of not taking that fight, and you know – biggest mistake of their lives.”

In their first encounter, McGregor defeated Poirier in the first round by technical knockout. In their second fight, which took place in January, Poirier repaid him by defeating McGregor in the second round by technical knockout. This marked the first time that “The Notorious” has ever been defeated by either TKO or KO. Both knockouts would win the “Performance of the Night” bonuses at their respective events.

Both pushed for a third rematch quickly, with Poirier vocally passing on an opportunity to fight for the UFC undisputed lightweight championship in favour of a third bout with McGregor. Instead, Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler, the third and fourth officially ranked lightweight UFC fighters will fight for the undisputed belt instead. However, the victor of this rematch would almost certainly be in contention to fight for the undisputed belt next.

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