UFC president Dana White has stated to the media that he doesn’t want Conor McGregor to fight Manny Pacquiao later this year, but instead wants Conor to focus on reclaiming his legendary status in the UFC.
UFC 257 is scheduled for January 23rd and will feature Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor in a much-anticipated mixed martial arts rematch. Conor first fought Dustin in 2014 (UFC 178) as a featherweight. The fight lasted almost 2 minutes before Conor scored a TKO by mounting Poirier and knocking him out with hammer fists.
For UFC 257, both McGregor and Poirier will be fighting in the lightweight division. Poirier took the loss to McGregor especially hard and had since gone on a 12-2-1 fight run, only losing to Michael Johnson and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Online sportsbooks are heavily favoring Conor McGregor to win the rematch, and rumors indicate that he could see Khabib in his next UFC fight if he wins. However, for that to occur, Dana White will have to talk Khabib out of retirement.
Bovada UFC 257 Odds:
Conor McGregor -280
Dustin Poirier +220
You can also find future odds for McGregor vs. Pacquiao. While the fight is still without a date and considered in limbo by some insiders, fans hope the fight comes to fruition in 2021. Both McGregor and Pacquiao have confirmed that their teams are in negotiations, but no date has been set. However, the fight is expected to happen sometime later in 2021, according to reports.
BetOnline Boxing Futures:
Pacquiao, Manny -2200
McGregor, Conor +850
Khabib Nurmagomedov is the current lightweight champion of the world, but after his father/trainer’s untimely death due to COVID-19, he announced his retirement with a perfect 29-0 record. However, Dana White has stated that he thinks he will come back for that perfect 30-0 record.
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For now, all we know is McGregor’s next fight in UFC 257 in late January. As for his exhibition fight with Manny Pacquiao, that is rumored to happen later in 2021.