There isn’t much longer to wait for UFC fans to see the return to the octagon of Conor McGregor. The Irishman has been out of action for nearly 12 months with his last appearance in the octagon coming in the form of a win against Donald Cerrone. However, McGregor will return to action in UFC at UFC 257, as he goes head to head with long-time rival Dustin Poirier.
It has been reported that there could be a title on the line for the huge return of McGregor, with some even speculating whether the lightweight title could be awarded to the winner. There isn’t currently a lightweight title holder following the retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov.
UFC News: Khabib Could Vacate Title
It has been rumoured that the current champion could be about to vacate the title. The rumours have also indicated that the announcement could be made in a matter of days, with the following announcement then revealing that the title will be on the line for McGregor’s return.
It would be a stunning turn of events, as many believed that Khabib would still return to the octagon despite announcing his retirement following his victory over Justin Gaethje. It has been rumoured that Dana White has not yet given up on trying to tempt the Russian out of retirement, and a meeting between the pair could happen when the UFC President lands in Abu Dhabi ahead of the huge event later in the month.
UFC News: McGregor In Line For Title
McGregor has only previously held the lightweight title on one occasion in the past. He won the gold by second round knockout against Eddie Alvarez in November 2016. He would later vacate the title to challenge Floyd Mayweather Jr in the boxing ring. The Irishman returned to the UFC in 2018 to challenge Khabib for the lightweight title, but was beaten by submission in the fourth round.
Poirier has held the interim lightweight title on one occasion in the past. He picked up the title after beating Max Holloway by unanimous decision in April 2019. He later lost the title against Khabib after being beaten by submission in the third round of their contest. Poirier was last inside the octagon in June last year, as he beat Dan Hooker by unanimous decision.