Conor McGregor in line to make UFC return on Fight Island – as boss Dana White confirms Dustin Poirier rematch is 'DONE'

CONOR McGREGOR is in line to make his UFC return on Fight Island – as Dana White confirmed the Dustin Poirier rematch is 'DONE'.

The Irishman confirmed via his media website, The Mac Life, that he had signed his half of the deal.

The UFC are yet to officially announce the fight, but White for the first time revealed the matchup has got the green light.

He told TMZ Sports: "I never doubted that he was gonna sign the contract.

"When Conor asks for a fight, Conor shows up to fight. So it was never a concern for me.

"But, yeah, it's done."

The fight looked set to go behind-closed-doors in the UFC's Apex Center in Las Vegas.

But with the US facing possible lockdown restrictions amid a spike in coronavirus cases, McGregor's comeback could be moved to Abu Dhabi's Fight Island.

White said: "That's where I'm thinking. Nothing's guaranteed yet, I'm waiting to see.

"Some of these places are going back on lockdown – I was hoping for more things to open up.

"It's the exact opposite to what's going on here in the United States now.

"So, if I had to guess right now, Fight Island."

The UFC have hosted three pay-per-view events on Yas Island having moved to the Middle East to help accommodate international fighters following travel restrictions into the US.

During that time, McGregor, 32, announced a brief retirement, but has spent the summer training and teasing a return.

And despite announcing plans to fight boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, 41, he will instead commit to a UFC comeback.

Poirier, 31, who was beaten by McGregor in 2014, was first to put pen to paper on the rematch, which is targeted for January 23 at lightweight.

It will be McGregor's first fight since the new year, where he knocked out 37-year-old Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds up at welterweight.

McGregor has also not fought at lightweight since 2018, as he was submitted by arch rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, 32.

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