UFC’s leaked messages suggest Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier will be for title

Conor McGregor may be one win away from becoming a two-time lightweight champion after leaked messages suggested the belt will be on the line when he takes on Dustin Poirier.

McGregor and Poirier will headline UFC 257 when they meet in a lightweight clash on January 23.

The Irishman has not fought since stopping Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds a year ago – and that was his first bout since he was choked out by Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018.

Nurmagomedov remains the lightweight champion despite announcing this retirement following his win over Justin Gaethje last October.

But messages from the UFC's DM chatbot on Twitter suggest he will vacate the title within days.

After a fan asked for UFC 257 event info, the bot replied: “Don’t miss Poirier take on McGregor for the lightweight title bout. Who do you think will walk out of the Octagon with the W.?”

UFC president Dana White has insisted he is confident of convincing Nurmagomedov to return and plans to hold talks with his champion in Abu Dhabi.

Meanwhile, McGregor insists he will be ready to deliver a masterclass against Poirier, who he stopped in the first round when they met six years ago.

'The Notorious' took to Twitter to give his prediction, simply saying: "I promise a masterpiece."

McGregor and Poirier have enjoyed contrasting careers since clashing in 2014 with the Irishman going on to become a two-weight world champion before earning £100million for fighting Floyd Mayweather in a boxing ring.

Poirier, meanwhile, has yet to earn a UFC title and fell short against Nurmagomedov in 2019 when he was choked out in the third round, one round earlier than McGregor.

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