The two lightweights are tied at 1-1 after Poirier evened the score earlier this year when he stopped McGregor in the second round of their UFC 257 main event in Abu Dhabi. McGregor won the first fight with a first-round TKO at UFC 178 in 2014.
Both fighters have expressed interest in a trilogy bout next, but nothing has been formalized. However, at Thursday’s UFC 260 pre-fight news conference, UFC president Dana White confirmed plans of a Poirier-McGregor trilogy when asked about the potential matchup.
“Dustin – he wants the rematch and that’s smart. That’s what he should do,” White said. “He should take the rematch, take that fight. It’s a big fight for him. The kid has worked hard his whole life, his whole career, to be in a position like this – and that’s the fight you take.
“We’ve been in positions like this with others and they made the mistake of not taking that fight, and you know – biggest mistake of their lives.”