UFC president Dana White confirmed Friday that Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier verbally agreed to a Jan. 23 fight and the next step is to finalize the bout.
"(McGregor) said yes, and Dustin said yes, so now it's a matter of getting contracts signed," White told reporters, according to MMA Fighting.
McGregor tweeted Wednesday that he accepted the UFC's offer to face Poirier at the January pay-per-view event after initially demanding a fight in 2020.
The former two-division champion said he wants the Poirier fight to take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington with fans in attendance. Texas is set to allow fans - up to 50% capacity - at combat sports events starting later in October.
But White said McGregor-Poirier is unlikely to happen at that venue. The promotion has held most of its events during the coronavirus pandemic at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas or in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
"I'm not going into any arena where we're going to fill a quarter of the arena or half of the arena or any of that stuff," White said. "When crowds are ready to come back, we'll do crowds again."