Conor McGregor’s weight request for Dustin Poirier rematch to be denied by UFC
Conor McGregor's request to fight Dustin Poirier at welterweight will be turned down by the UFC.
The rivals have verbally agreed to rematch on January 23 in order to establish the next challenger for the lightweight belt.
But McGregor made it clear he wanted to avoid a tough weight-cut by fighting at 170lb – and Poirier agreed.
UFC president Dana White, however, has put the kibosh on their plans.
"It's 155lb; I'm not putting on a multi-million-dollar fight at a catchweight," he told BT Sport.
"This fight means nothing at 170lb, neither are ranked at 170 and it doesn't do anything in the 155lb division if either one of them wins because they're fighting at 170lb.
"It makes no sense; there are plenty of organisations who put on fights that make no sense, you can go watch those fights every weekend, that's not what we do here."
McGregor initially demanded his rematch with Poirier take place this year – but the UFC refused to change their schedule.
Instead they offered him a main event slot early in 2021 which the Dubliner accepted.
He wants the repeat of his 2014 clash with Poirier to take place at the AT&T Stadium in Texas, but the UFC are leaning towards holding it in Las Vegas.
And White added: "We've offered the fright, we got him his own date; that date [January 23] didn't exist so we worked with ESPN and got him his own dater and we've offered them the fight.
"I know contracts haven't been signed yet; Conor likes to play games and he does his thing but one thing Conor doesn't do is commit to a fight and not fight – he fights."
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