Dustin Poirier will face Conor McGregor at UFC 264 in Las Vegas this year.

The much-anticipated trilogy fight will take place at the T-Mobile Arena on July 10, UFC president Dana White confirmed on Wednesday.

"I am so happy to finally be able to say: Vegas is back," he said in a video posted on social media.

"This summer, Las Vegas is back open for business and on July 10, UFC 264 will be at the T-Mobile Arena at 100 per cent capacity.

"This card will be headlined by the third fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor."

The update comes after McGregor claimed the bout was off on Monday during an expletive-laden exchange on Twitter.

Poirier claimed victory in their previous showdown at UFC 257 in January in Abu Dhabi with a second-round knockout, after which McGregor conceded the result was "a tough one to swallow".

McGregor, who described his opponent's performance three months ago as "phenomenal", stopped the 32-year-old American in 106 seconds in their first encounter in September 2014.

The former two-weight world champion, who is also 32, has not won a UFC bout since January last year.

Khabib Nurmagomedov has thanked Dana White and the UFC for their support and understanding as his retirement was confirmed.

Khabib, who boasts a 29-0 record in the UFC, announced after his most recent victory against Justin Gaethje last October he was quitting the sport.

The fighter's father and coach, Abdulmanap, passed away earlier in 2020 and Khabib said: "There's no way I'm going to come here without my father."

UFC president White retained hope of changing his star performer's mind, but he accepted defeat on Thursday.

White posted on Twitter following a meal with Khabib that he was "officially retired".

The UFC chief also thanked for the Russian for his efforts, and those feelings of gratitude were reciprocated by Khabib in his own social media post.

"It was a good dinner with some great people," he wrote on Instagram. "@danawhite thank you so much brother and the entire @ufc team for the opportunity to prove myself, you guys have changed many live forever because of this sport.

"Dana - I'll never forget your attitude towards me, my father did not forget and my sons will remember you. Today there was a real conversation between real men.

"Also thank you to all team, sparing partners (sic) and all fans. I hope you will accept my decision and understand me."

UFC president Dana White said Khabib Nurmagomedov is "officially retired" as he thanked the unbeaten star.

Khabib stunningly announced his retirement after beating Justin Gaethje to defend the lightweight title at UFC 254 in October last year as he improved to 29-0.

White had retained hope of Khabib returning to the UFC, previously talking up the Russian trying to reach a flawless 30-0 record.

But White used Twitter on Thursday to end hopes of a blockbuster comeback for Khabib.

White wrote, with an accompanying picture alongside Khabib: "29-0 it is.

"He is officially retired. It was incredible to watch you work @TeamKhabib.

"Thank you for EVERYTHING and enjoy whatever is next my friend."

Khabib had fuelled speculation he could make a return to the octagon earlier this week.

The undefeated champion posted a photo to Instagram, alongside former UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta, with the words: "It was good to see you Lorenzo.

"@danawhite send me location."

Kamara Usman will defend his welterweight title against Jorge Masvidal in front of a full crowd at UFC 261 on April 24.

Not since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 has a UFC card gone ahead without a cap on crowd numbers, but that will change in Jacksonville, Florida next month.

Usman's rematch with Masvidal headlines a stacked line-up at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, where 15,000 fans are set to attend for two other title fights, including women's flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko's bout with Jessica Andrade and the women's strawweight battle between champion Zhang Weili and Rose Namajunas.

VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena previously hosted the first three UFC shows following a two-month hiatus in May due to COVID-19, though they went ahead without fans behind closed doors.

"I have been waiting a year for this day to tell you: We are back," UFC president Dana White said in the video via Twitter on Monday.

Jacksonville mayor Lenny Curry tweeted: "@danawhite, @GovRonDeSantis, and I will continue to demonstrate that Florida is poised to safely host signature sporting events watched globally. Welcome back to Jacksonville @ufc. Let's go @danawhite."

Usman (18-1), who defeated Gilbert Burns via a third-round TKO last month, has made history in the UFC.

The Nigerian-born fighter has won 13 consecutive fights – the most in UFC welterweight history.

Usman defeated Masvidal (35-14) by unanimous decision at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi last July, though the latter was a late replacement after Burns had tested positive for coronavirus.

UFC president Dana White believes "there's still a chance" Khabib Nurmagomedov will come out of retirement to fight in the octagon.

Khabib stunningly announced his retirement after beating Justin Gaethje to defend the lightweight title at UFC 254 in October last year as he improved to 29-0, though the 32-year-old remains the champion.

White has retained hope of Khabib returning to the UFC, previously talking up the Russian trying to reach a flawless 30-0 record.

Conor McGregor continues to eye a Khabib showdown, while Dustin Poirier – who stunned the former via TKO at UFC 257 – has declared himself the champion.

Speaking ahead of UFC 259, White told reporters he is set to meet with Khabib.

"We're going to have dinner on Saturday or Sunday and just talk and see," White said.

"I think a lot of these fights have to play out in that division. From [number nine] all the way up to number one, they're incredible fights. You can mix or match them any way you want and they're really good fights."

White added: "Let some of these play out to see who will fight next for the title. I think if Khabib is interested, he'll take the fight.

"You don't see Khabib saying, 'Leave me alone. Stop asking me'. So there's still a chance. That's the way I look at it."

Dana White revealed Khabib Nurmagomedov told him he was "so many levels above" his rivals, making it unlikely the undefeated star will come out of retirement.

Khabib (29-0) sensationally retired after beating Justin Gaethje in October last year.

White has been pushing for the Russian to return for a 30th fight, but that seems unlikely to happen.

After Dustin Poirier stunned Conor McGregor, the UFC president revealed he had a conversation with Khabib.

"I did talk to Khabib," White said.

"He said to me, 'Dana, be honest with yourself, you know I'm so many levels above these guys, I beat these guys.'

"I don't know, I don't know, but it doesn't sound very positive so we'll see.

"I told you guys before he won't hold the division up. He already retired, he's basically retired, I'm the one that's been trying to get him to do one more."

White confirmed McGregor and Poirier would likely fight for the lightweight title if Khabib did not return.

UFC president Dana White said he is meeting with Khabib Nurmagomedov as he presses the retired star for one more fight.

Khabib stunningly announced his retirement from the octagon after beating Justin Gaethje to defend the lightweight title at UFC 254 in October as he improved to 29-0, though the 32-year-old remains the champion.

White has retained hope of Khabib returning to the UFC, previously talking up the Russian trying to reach a flawless 30-0 record.

As Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier prepare to clash at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi on January 23, White told ESPN: "I'm obviously meeting with him [Khabib] because I think that he should fight again.

"Look at what he did to Justin Gaethje. Look at what he's done to every opponent he has faced.

"I think he should fight again and I'm going to press him as hard as I can for one more."

White added: "As a promoter, you always want to see the best guys in the world, but at the same time, when a guy wants to retire, he probably should.

"The difference with a guy like Khabib is he's been through so much, and losing his dad was a major blow to him. Yet, his dad wanted him to hit 30-0.

"No matter what you think of Conor personally, Conor McGregor is not only one of the best in the world, but one of the best to ever do it. And right now, he's as focused as he's ever been.

"I don't know if this is going to be the same Conor after the Poirier fight, but if this Conor sticks around for the next year, how do you not do Khabib vs. Conor again?"

Khabib Nurmagomedov expects the winner of the Conor McGregor-Dustin Poirier bout to fight for the UFC lightweight championship.

Khabib stunningly announced his retirement from the octagon after beating Justin Gaethje to defend the lightweight title at UFC 254 in October as he improved to 29-0, though the 32-year-old remains the champion.

As McGregor and Poirier prepare for their January 23 clash at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi, Khabib believes the winner will go on to compete for his crown.

"Top three [lightweight] fighters right now? Poirier, McGregor and [Islam] Makhachev. He is not in the top-five yet, but those are the best fighters," Khabib told Match TV.

"My belt will be taken by the winner of Dustin and Conor."

Khabib has continued to insist he will not come out of retirement to fight in the UFC, and the Russian added: "[UFC president] Dana White and I are constantly in touch -- the moment about the vacancy of the belt was not discussed.

"It seems to me that this is because the organisation really wants me to resume my career.

"This is understandable -- I spent nine years in the league, I had many fights, became a champion, defended the title, never lost, I have a huge fan base from around the world.

"My performances are already a kind of history. The desire of the UFC is understandable to me, I don't blame them. I will not hide -- they [try to] persuade me to return.

"There's nothing surprising about that. They offer conditions, fighters -- but it is hard to surprise me; they have no one to offer me. Soon, in a couple of weeks, we'll be meeting with Dana to discuss."

Dana White says Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno will have a rematch next year after they put on what he felt could have been the greatest UFC flyweight in history on Saturday.

Figueiredo retained his world flyweight title with a majority draw in an enthralling battle with Moreno at UFC 256 on Saturday.

Two judges scored it 47-47 and another awarded it 47-46 to Figueiredo, who was deducted a point for a low blow in the third round at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Figueiredo revealed that he was in hospital in the early hours of the morning of the bout with an infection in his stomach, making the defence of his belt even more impressive.

UFC boss White said the pair - who were each fighting for the second time in the space of just three weeks - will lock horns again next year after they put on a thrilling main event.

"You gotta give these guys some time off, but you absolutely positively do that rematch. That's another fun fight for us all to look forward to in 2021." White said.

He added: "Tonight we put on a potential fight of the year and the potential greatest fight in the division's history.

"We throw the word around a lot, but both of these two are absolute savages."

White said Figueiredo had no intention of pulling out of the title fight despite his hospital trip.

He said: "Any time a guy goes to the hospital you're in danger [of the fight being called off]. He was obviously clear medically to fight, he had the option over whether to fight or not but he wanted to fight."

Khabib Nurmagomedov is not interested in coming out of retirement to fight Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier in the UFC, having already "choked both".

Khabib, 32, stunningly announced his retirement from the octagon after beating Justin Gaethje to defend the lightweight championship at UFC 254 in October as he improved to 29-0.

UFC president Dana White has previously felt Russian star Khabib would perform a retirement U-turn and aim to take his flawless fighting record to 30-0.

But Khabib played down a possible rematch with McGregor or Poirier, who will go head-to-head in Abu Dhabi on January 23.

After forcing McGregor into submission in their UFC 229 blockbuster in October 2018, Khabib also made Poirier tap out with a rear-naked choke in September last year.

"What for? I choked both," Nurmagomedov said when asked about facing the winner of the McGregor-Poirier showdown. "Why I should do this?

"There is no sports interest there. I choked both of them, both were champions, both surrendered to me. As our proverb says: A horse doesn't run until the donkey wins.

"Donkeys don't even take part in competitions where horses run. I have no interest in fighting against these opponents.

"Imagine UFC offered you $100million. This is already a problem. But there is no sports interest there."

UFC president Dana White said the proposed rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier is not yet official, with the Irish star still to sign his agreement.

McGregor and Poirier are set to go head-to-head inside the Octagon on January 23 – the former beat the American fighter via a first-round TKO at UFC 178 in 2014.

Late last month, White said the McGregor-Poirier was done, however, the UFC boss backtracked amid reports on Tuesday.

"It's not true that the fight is booked. Dustin is signed, but Conor hasn't received or signed his bout agreement," White told ESPN.

"We sent the bout agreement to Conor today, but nothing is done yet. Jan. 23 on Fight Island if everything goes according to plans.

"There are a ton of if's right now. I have to see where the world is in the next couple of months."

McGregor announced his decision to retire in June, having returned to the UFC in January after a 15-month absence and knocked out Donald Cerrone at welterweight in just 40 seconds.

Former featherweight and lightweight champion McGregor has not fought since – the Irish star had been planning to fight three times in 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic scuppered that strategy.

"I am very grateful to be about to return and get to do what I love again," McGregor said in a lengthy Instagram post. "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 Dustins 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. Excellent stuff! See you guys soon."

McGregor – who previously faced Floyd Mayweather Jr. – is set to return to the boxing ring and face eight-division world champion Pacquiao, whose camp has said he will donate his earnings from the fight to victims of the coronavirus pandemic in the Philippines.

Talks are ongoing and no date or venue has been set, though McGregor claimed it would take place in the Middle East.

Dana White says Conor McGregor versus Dustin Poirier is "done", but Khabib Nurmagomedov remains the UFC lightweight champion despite announcing his retirement.

The UFC offered the Poirier fight to McGregor last month, with the former two-weight champion – who had previously said he was retired – accepting the bout on social media.

White was asked on Saturday if that contest had now been signed and said: "The fight's done. As far as I know, it's done."

But both McGregor and Poirier will have to wait for another shot at the lightweight title.

They each lost in championship fights to Khabib, who will continue to hold the belt even after claiming he would not fight again.

Khabib moved to 29-0 by beating Justin Gaethje in October in the first fight since the death of his father, who was also his coach, then seemingly quit the sport.

But White has since suggested the Russian could return and confirmed the company would not be opening up an interim title.

"He didn't say that he'll fight, but he didn't say no," White said. "He's considering the 30-0. His father wanted it.

"He was super emotional [against Gaethje], had the mumps, measles, whatever, a broken toe, trained on a stationary bike for that fight and then came in and fought.

"He's still the champ. There's no vacant title right now or an interim title happening. He's the champ and we'll give him some time to figure out what he wants to do."

White also had news impacted other divisions, with middleweight champ Israel Adesanya to take on light heavyweight king Jan Blachowicz.

Robert Whittaker, who Adesanya knocked out last October, was not interested in a rematch, the UFC president said.

"When the last fight was over, I was thinking I'm going to have to sit down with this kid and convince him why he has to fight Whittaker," White explained.

"Whittaker comes out and says he doesn't want to fight him, craziest s*** I've ever seen. There's no arguing with Israel now.

"I thought Whittaker deserved the shot and Whittaker doesn't want it, so yeah, we'll let him do it [against Blachowicz]."

Anderson Silva refused to call time on his MMA career after losing to Uriah Hall on Saturday, but Dana White has little interest in letting him fight in the UFC again.

Silva is widely acknowledged as one of the sport's greatest ever competitors but was handed his 11th professional defeat – and third in succession – by Hall.

The 45-year-old was stopped by TKO at one minute and 24 seconds in the fourth round of the main event of UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.

Silva had to sit down for his post-fight interview, which did not impress UFC president White, who claimed he made a mistake by letting the Brazilian take to the Octagon.

"Look at Anderson. He couldn't even stand up to do his interview," White said. "He had to sit down to do his interview, and I made a big mistake.

"I shouldn't have let him fight this fight tonight.

"Out of respect to him – he's a legend of the sport and he's a legend of this company – I did something that I disagreed with.

"I knew I was right and tonight proved I was right, and Anderson Silva should never fight again."

Silva said in his interview this was his "last show for my fans in UFC" but would not commit to never fighting again.

"I don't know," he said. "First, I go back home and go see with my team and everything. Let's see.

"Because it's tough to say it's my last or not. This is my air. This is what I do for my entire life and with my heart. Let's go see."

Silva has a 34-11 record with one no contest.

He won the UFC middleweight championship by beating Rich Franklin in 2006 and successfully defended his title 10 times before losing to Chris Weidman in 2013, failing to recover his belt in a subsequent defeat to the same man.

UFC president Dana White believes Khabib Nurmagomedov will come out of retirement and aim to improve his record to 30-0.

Khabib, 32, stunningly announced his retirement after beating Justin Gaethje to defend the lightweight championship at UFC 254 last week.

But White feels Khabib will return to honour his father Abdulmanap, who died in July after complications from a coronavirus infection.

"Khabib and I have been talking," White told CBS Sports on Thursday.

"He was completely emotional that night when he got through that fight. I have a feeling that he might go for 30-0."

White added: "I think that he's not going to retire.

"His dad wanted him to get to 30-0 and I think he wants to honour his dad's wish."

Robert Whittaker's impressive victory over Jared Cannonier has paved the way for a rematch against middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, according to Dana White. 

Whittaker triumphed via unanimous decision in Saturday's co-main event at UFC 254, using his jab effectively to improve his record to 22-5. 

The Australian has now won twice since losing the belt to Adesanya in 2019 – he also outpointed Darren Till back in July – but could get a shot at regaining it next.

White was impressed with the performance against Cannonier, so another meeting with Adesanya "makes sense".

"It's very appealing to me. It's a fight that make sense right now," White told the media after the UFC 254 event. 

"Adesanya has a lot of options, but the fight that makes the most sense is Whittaker.  

"I thought Cannonier was going to be a much tougher challenge for him. He looked good, so the Adesanya fight makes sense."

Adesanya, who claimed the belt with a second-round stoppage at UFC 243, had talked up a potential clash with Cannonier after beating Paulo Costa in September.

As for Whittaker, his main focus is on celebrating Christmas ahead of a new arrival to the family.

However, he made clear his desire to face Adesanya again "one day", promising that he has a "couple of tricks" to help avenge the previous loss.

"He [Adesanya] is a tough fight, man. He's so good, and he only looked better in his last fight - and the fact he beat me once already," Whittaker said in his post-fight press conference.

"But I feel like I've a couple of tricks I can roll out, I can play it differently next time. 

"I do want to fight him, one day. Whether it's in my career or in a parking lot someday. I feel like our paths will cross again. 

"But I'm not worried about who I fight next. My whole mentality is you line them up, I'll knock them down. I'm pretty good at that."

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