Dana White provides update on Conor McGregor's UFC return and 'confident' he will sign contract to fight Dustin Poirier

UFC boss Dana White provided fans with an update on Conor McGregor's octagon return and said he was 'confident' the Irishman will fight Dustin Poirier.

White expects The Notorious, 32, to put pen to paper on a contract to fight Poirier.

The organisation are lining up the pair's rematch as UFC 257's headline bout on the pay-per-view card on January 23 in Abu Dhabi.

Poirier, 31, has already to agreed to his end of the bargain but MMA fans are desperately waiting to hear if McGregor has signed on the dotted line.

McGregor has not been seen in the ring since he KO'd Donald 'Cowboy' Corrone in 40 seconds in January 2020 and he supposedly 'retired' in June.

White told ESPN's Heidi Androl: "I don’t know [if he signed it yet]. Listen, I’m not worried about it.

"Conor McGregor has never said, ‘Listen I want to fight,’ gone out the way that he’s gone out, talked about it.

"We got him his own date. Conor McGregor’s going to show up and fight. I’m not worried about his bout agreement, but I don’t know if it’s been signed.

"I’m assuming it has, but it wasn’t the other day when I texted the fight wasn’t done yet."

White's words will be music to the ears of McGregor's legion of passionate UFC supporters.

It would be a big shock if the fight doesn't get officially made after McGregor has spent months talking it up on social media.

The pair's first fight ended in just one minute and 46 seconds as McGregor thrashed his American opponent in 2014.

McGregor had supposedly quit the sport in June but now looks set to don the gloves again seven months later.

He recently showed off his incredible three-year body transformation as he gets in fighting shape ahead of his highly anticipated return to action.

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