CONOR McGregor is in line to land an immediate rematch with Dustin Poirier after his shock loss at UFC 257.
The Irishman was knocked out in round two of his return in January, just under seven years after he finished Poirier himself.
With the pair tied at one apiece, and the pay-per-view sales reaching 1.6milllion, McGregor has called for a trilogy bout.
And according to ESPN, the UFC are on board as reporter Ariel Helwani revealed in conversation with retired ex-champion Daniel Cormier.
He said: "So now it looks, three weeks later, like we're going back in the direction of DP vs Conor III.
"That seems to be the direction. Whether the belt is on the line or not, that seems to be up in the air."
Poirier, 32, has demanded his next fight be for the lightweight title, which is still held by Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But Khabib, also 32, retired in October after the first fight since the loss of his influential father Abdulmanap, who passed away aged 57 in July.
Nurmagomedov always maintained it was always his dad's dream to see him walk away from the fight game 30-0.
With Khabib one win away from doing so, UFC president Dana White tried to tempt him back in a meeting on Fight Island before Poirier's win.
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But after McGregor, 32, was beaten, White revealed Khabib was uninspired and likely to remain in retirement.
The unbeaten 155lb king is now set for a second sit down with the UFC boss, but warned he will not hold up the belt, in a hint it could be vacated.
Nurmagomedov told Match TV in an interview he feels Poirier deserves the belt and concedes the division must move on if he does not come back.
Charles Oliveira, 31, is currently on an eight-fight win streak and primed for a shot at the belt.
McGregor, who wants to return in May, in contrast has not won at lightweight since 2016, when he moved on from featherweight and KO'd Eddie Alvarez for the title.
His last two in the division have ended in stoppages losses, against Nurmagomedov in 2018 and then Poirier.
Ex-interim champion Justin Gaethje, 32, and UFC new boy Michael Chandler, 34, are also eyeing the gold.
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