Conor McGregor previews a fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor at UFC 257.

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Conor McGregor previews a fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor at UFC 257.

Conor McGregor returns to action this weekend at UFC 257, where he will face Dustin Poirier.

While discussing about Khabib Nurmagomedov’s prospective return to the sport, Conor McGregor promised fans that a big announcement would be made following his fight against Dustin Poirier. McGregor announced his retirement from the sport for the third time last year, citing a lack of competition as a reason.

But he quickly revealed his intention to return months later, this time against Poirier in a rematch.

McGregor dominated Poirier in his debut fight in 2014, winning by TKO in the first round.

And when they fight again this Saturday, the charismatic Irish fighter appears sure of a same outcome.

The lightweight co-main event will also feature Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler, with UFC president Dana White confirming last week that Khabib would be watching both fights closely.

Khabib resigned from the UFC after defeating Justin Gaethje in October, but White hinted that the Russian would reconsider if someone pleased him this weekend.

“So his comments to me were, ‘I’m going to watch this fight, I’m never going to tie up the division, I’m never going to tie up the division, I’m never going to tie up the division, hold the belt, and keep the belt from anyone else,’” White said.

“‘These men do something incredible, show me something incredible, and make me want to come back and fight.’”

White’s remarks fueled talk of a rematch between Khabib and McGregor in the near future.

Although McGregor does not believe Khabib is interested in returning, the former two-weight UFC champion has promised fans a special surprise following his battle with Poirier.

He told UFC’s YouTube page, “It wasn’t an announcement, it was a refusal.”

“It’s fear,” says the narrator. He has no intention of returning. He’s no longer here.

“It felt nearly too long to play it, but it is what it is. If you believe the two lads in the co-main event are battling for a position in that, you’re mistaken. Everyone in the company is aware of the true struggle.

“What the money fight is, and what the main fight on the entire planet is, will be.

“I’m going to go in and do my thing and then leave.”

“You can only keep people’s eyes closed for so long.

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