CONOR McGREGOR is ‘always dangerous’ and in ‘great shape’ ahead of his comeback fight against Dustin Poirier, Dana White said.
The UFC president confirmed both fighters have signed to a lightweight headliner, which is targeted for January 23.
Conor McGregor is ‘always dangerous’ and in ‘great shape’ ahead of his comeback fight against Dustin Poirier[/caption]
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It will come 12 months after McGregor’s last fight and end his brief retirement, which he announced in June.
But amid the inactivity, White is not concerned, believing that the Irishman has kept in shape despite supposedly hanging up his gloves.
He said on CBS Sports Radio: “Conor is always dangerous.
“From what I’ve seen of him on social media, it looks like he’s in great shape, looks like he’s training hard.
“Even before this, he was training to do some type of charity bike event. So the guy’s in great shape.”
McGregor, 32, has not fought since knocking out Donald Cerrone, 37, in just 40 seconds in January.
He spent the summer holidaying in Italy and France, where he continued to train while teasing a comeback.
And his return was finally sealed after agreeing terms to rematch 31-year-old Poirier, who he beat in 2014.
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McGregor is out in Portugal preparing for the fight, while renting a £10,000-a-week luxury villa with his fiancée Dee Devilin and two children Conor Jr and Croia.
The rematch – which looks due to top UFC 257 – was set to go behind-closed-doors in the UFC’s Apex Center in Las Vegas.
But with the US facing lockdown restrictions amid a spike in coronavirus cases, the fight could be moved to Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
White has staged three pay-per-views over in the Middle East, to help accommodate international fighters due to travel restrictions into America.
But this time around he hopes to have paying fans fill up the brand new 55,000 seater Etihad Arena.
White told Barstool Sports: “The new Etihad Arena will be open, and that thing was designed with us in mind.
“Concerts, pool parties, all kinds of cool stuff. And, yes, I hope to bring fans back. That’s what I’m shooting for.”
“It would be good to have fans. And the thing is, from ‘Fight Island’ we can get fans all over the world there.
“It’s an easy destination to get to, a fun destination to go to, and we can just f***ing blow the doors off this thing.
“I’m ready for some fights with fans. I’m ready to go to a live concert. I’m ready to have some parties. I’m gonna go to all this s***.
“I want to mingle with the fans again. I want the fans back. We’ve figured this whole thing out up to now.
“We’ll figure out how to do do this safely and pull this thing off in Abu Dhabi.”