However, now it seems UFC has been able to persuade him to accept next year's date.
Helwani reported Thursday that UFC offered McGregor a fight against Poirier on the January 23 pay-per-view event - UFC 257 - but McGregor wants the November 21 or December 12 pay-per-view card. I accepted the [UFC's] offer to fight you, but told them it must happen in 2020.
Poirier and McGregor fought 6 years ago at UFC 178, with McGregor winning in via TKO. "If his goal is to be the world champion, this fight makes a lot of sense".
The UFC reportedly offered McGregor the Poirier fight for January 23, something it did shortly after McGregor proposed a charity exhibition between the two.
UFC have already planned their cards this year with a number of title matches scheduled and when asked if they could be shifted, White explained: "That's not how it works". Conor came back and wants to fight Dustin, so we went out and got him his own date.
"It's a yes or no answer". "We got him his own date", UFC president Dana White said, via ESPN.
"I have no clue", White said. UFC 256 will feature dual-weight champion Amanda Nunes defending her featherweight title against Megan Anderson and bantamweight champ Petr Yan against Aljamain Sterling. Dana White disagrees with this narrative, though, pointing out that it was McGregor who took himself out of the equation and that it is now unfair and too late to accommodate McGregor at the expense of other fighters.
"That's not how it works", White said regarding moving fights around for McGregor/Poirier in 2020. Through this insane pandemic year we're going through, we faced a lot of challenges.
Though him entering the Octagon again might send thrills and chills all around, but apparently his major objective is to get back in the boxing arena to fight Manny Pacquiao. "Not just financially, but my outlook on life, the respect I have, and a lot of things". We have our schedule laid out.
For his part, White said he has no idea what is going on with a potential boxing match between McGregor and Pacquiao.