Conor McGregor recalls how Dustin Poirier made him rich – then confirms rematch

Conor McGregor has confirmed his rematch with Dustin Poirier – six years after their first fight made him rich.

The lightweight rivals will clash on Fight Island on January 23 with Poirier bidding for revenge after being stopped in the first round in 2014.

And in agreeing to the bout, McGregor reflected on how the rivals’ first meeting sent him on the road to fame and fortune.

Posting a picture of them going head-to-head, he said: “I rocked renowned Dublin tailor Louis Copeland on the day – midnight blue pinstripe.

“I paired the outfit with me granda’s burgundy shoes, which I done an amazing job polishing on my Aer Lingus flight over.

“This same day I also signed a new contract with the UFC, under Lorenzo Fertitta. Lorenzo brought me into his office, myself and my manager Audie Attar, and placed a contract down in front of me with numbers I’d never seen before in my life!

“I looked over at Audie like, ‘you won’t be needed on this one mate’. We both knew but play it cool we are still in the office hahaha! Wild!

“The first of our dealings together on some of the largest purse contracts in the history of combat fighting. Incredible! The moment was captured on one of the episodes of my six-part series, which I had done for RTE.

“[It was] a real turning point in my career, both financially and professionally. The episode was titled ‘The Suite Life’ as I was rocking around the Red Rock casino in absolute shock and awe trying to grasp what the f*** was actually going on! What a wild ride this has been.”

McGregor has not fought since he stopped Donald Cerrone inside 40 seconds in January while Poirier returns following an impressive win over Dan Hooker.

And the Irishman has pledged to make a significant donation to his opponent’s charity ahead of what promises to be a good-natured build-up.

“I am very grateful to be about to return and get to do what I love again,” he added.

“I look forward to the fresh test Dustin will bring since our first bout, while also showcasing my own incredibly deep cache of weaponry. Whatever tool is needed on the night will be pulled from the duffel.

“I am also really excited about aiding Dustin’s charity ‘The Good Fight Foundation’, which through the donation, will build a gym/premise for disadvantaged youth in his childhood hometown.

“I truly love this, and pledge to match the donation on a premise in my own childhood hometown! Both spots with an ode to the upcoming bout.”

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