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Dana White hints at timeline for Conor McGregor to return to the UFC

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Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The world is still waiting on Conor McGregor to return to fighting. But right now, there’s still no definitive date, location, or opponent to welcome back the former two-division UFC champion.

This past weekend, McGregor raised more than a few eyebrows when he unleashed a random message on Twitter, writing “Dublin, December 14.” That date coincides with UFC 245, but the card is being held in Las Vegas – not Ireland.

Still, McGregor could be hinting at a timeline for his next fight, per UFC president Dana White, who spoke about the Irish star on Thursday during a Q&A session on Twitter.

“I’m sure you saw his tweet,” White stated. “Conor wants to fight Dec. 14 in Dublin, but we have a fight in Vegas. So if he doesn’t fight on that card, he’ll fight early next year.”

UFC 245 currently features only a single title fight between bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and Germaine de Randamie, with several undercard bouts already announced for the show.

Rumors have swirled for weeks that the UFC targeted a second title fight for the pay-per-view card in December, but nothing official has been unveiled.

Adding McGregor to the card would be a huge boost to the year-end show, and the ex-champ has traded barbs with former interim titleholder Dustin Poirier over social media. Poirier called for a rematch against the Irish superstar following his third round submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242.

Poirier lost to McGregor in 2014 when they competed in the featherweight division. After the setback, Poirier re-established himself as one of the best lightweight fighters in the world, racking up a 9-2 record with one no contest while McGregor’s lone win in the division came back in Nov. 2016 when he defeated Eddie Alvarez to claim the 155-pound title.

Sources close to Poirier tell MMA Fighting the former interim champion could be ready to return in December for a showdown against McGregor – if the UFC is interested in the rematch.

The UFC would greatly benefit from having McGregor back sooner rather than later. His most recent fight took place in October 2018, when he fell to Nurmagomedov by fourth-round submission at UFC 229.

There are a line of fighters jockeying for position to welcome McGregor back to the Octagon, and White continues to tease his return in the near future.