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Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier appear to confirm UFC rematch is DONE as Irishman ramps up training with kicking work

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CONOR McGREGOR and Dustin Poirier appear to have confirmed that their rematch is a DONE deal following cryptic tweets from the pair.

McGregor knocked out the American in the first round of their featherweight fight in 2014.

Conor McGregor released training pictures as he works on his kicking

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Conor McGregor released training pictures as he works on his kicking Credit: Instagram / @thenotoriousmma
McGregor appears close to confirming his UFC return

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McGregor appears close to confirming his UFC return Credit: Instagram / @thenotoriousmma

But with the Irishman looking to make his return to the octagon, it provides Poirier a crack at revenge.

UFC president Dana White offered the two a headliner on January 23, and judging by their social media activity, a deal may have been agreed.

McGregor, 32, simply tweeted a smiley face.

And Poirier, 31, posted a diamond emoji – matching his nickname.

McGregor has not fought since the new year, when he stopped 37-year-old Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds.

But he announced a sudden retirement in June having grown frustrated on the sidelines, where he was frozen out of the title picture.

Since then, McGregor has returned to the gym and posted several pictures and video clips of his comeback preparations.

His latest are a series of photos showing the former two-weight champion working on his kicking.

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Despite the dedication, according to McGregor’s sparring partner Frans Mlambo, the southpaw is a ‘different beast’ when it comes to fight night.

Mlambo told SunSport: “You get a load of fighters who shine in the gym, he shines when you’re out there. 

“I’ve been sparring him for years, but when you see him in fights he’s just a different beast. 

“I always say he’s always very good at reading what you’re doing.

“If you switch up your game mid-sparring he’s very good at reading what you’re doing.”

Frans Mlambo pictured with sparring partner McGregor

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Frans Mlambo pictured with sparring partner McGregor
Conor McGregor in training for UFC return as Irishman looks sharp with slick defence ahead of Dustin Poirier fight

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Braga 3 Leicester 3 LIVE REACTION: Jamie Vardy comes off bench to send Foxes into Europa League last-32

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Leicester City qualify for the Round of 32 stage after a 3-3 draw with SC Braga.

SC Braga took an early lead via a long-range effort from Al Musrati.

Harvey Barnes finished well to level matters inside the opening 10 minutes.

Paulinho restored Braga’s one-goal advantage with a strike from inside the six-yard box.

Luke Thomas made it 2-2 with his first goal for the Football Club.

Fransergio scored on 90 minutes to make it 3-2 to Braga.

Jamie Vardy came off the bench to score in the 95th minute.

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Sparta Prague 4-1 Celtic: Bhoys crash out of Europa League to pile the pressure on Lennon

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Neil Lennon will find himself under further pressure after Celtic tumbled out of the Europa League with a dismal 4-1 defeat by Sparta Prague at the Generali Arena.

A section of the Celtic support had publicly called for the Hoops boss to go earlier in the week but even they would have been encouraged when recalled striker Odsonne Edouard gave the Scottish champions the lead in the 15th minute, but poor defending again proved costly.

David Hancko levelled in the 27th minute and then Lukas Julis, who scored a hat-trick in Sparta’s 4-1 win at Parkhead earlier in the month, put the home side ahead and the Czech outfit also hit the post before the break.

Forward Odsonne Edouard fired Celtic ahead with a fine run and shot in 16th minute

Forward Odsonne Edouard fired Celtic ahead with a fine run and shot in 16th minute

Forward Odsonne Edouard fired Celtic ahead with a fine run and shot in 16th minute

Celtic responded positively after half-time but Julis grabbed his second in the 80th minute with substitute Srdan Plavsic adding a fourth in the final seconds.

That left the Parkhead side hopelessly bottom of Group H with one point from four fixtures, two wins in their last nine games in all competitions and with another inquest imminent.

After a 2-2 draw against Hibernian at the weekend, Lennon reshuffled his side.

Edouard turned the defender inside out before firing his shot low and hard across the keeper

Edouard turned the defender inside out before firing his shot low and hard across the keeper

Edouard turned the defender inside out before firing his shot low and hard across the keeper

Christopher Jullien returned to the defence after recovering from a back complaint that had kept him out since September while fellow Frenchmen Olivier Ntcham and Edouard, and Israel defender Hatem Elhamed, were also back in the side.

There was moment of silence ahead of kick-off in memory of former Argentina superstar Diego Maradona who died on Wednesday and before Celtic started with impressive purpose.

Sparta attacker David Moberg-Karlsson flashed a drive from 25 yards wide of the target in the sixth minute by way of a warning.

However, Celtic forged ahead when Mohamed Elyounoussi broke following a home attack to move the ball on to Edouard and the France Under-21 player exquisitely turned Hancko inside out before driving in off the far post.

The lead proved to be fragile.

David Hancko was left unmarked six yards out to equalise for the home side in the 26th minute

David Hancko was left unmarked six yards out to equalise for the home side in the 26th minute

David Hancko was left unmarked six yards out to equalise for the home side in the 26th minute

Sparta’s equaliser came when Celtic failed to defend a corner from the left properly and when David Pavelka turned the ball towards goal, Hancko stopped it eight yards out and played onside by Callum McGregor, turned and knocked it past Scott Bain.

Sparta’s second goal was a calamity for the Hoops defence.

Captain Borek Dockal sent a cross in from the right and it somehow evaded Kristoffer Ajer and Jullien and with Bain hesitating, Julis nipped in at the back post to bundle over the line.

In the final seconds of the first half Sparta midfielder Ladislav Krejci headed a free-kick from Dockal against the post with the ball ending up in the hands of the relieved Bain.

Lukas Julis prodded the ball home at the far post to put Sparta ahead in the 38th minute

Lukas Julis prodded the ball home at the far post to put Sparta ahead in the 38th minute

Lukas Julis prodded the ball home at the far post to put Sparta ahead in the 38th minute

Only a fine save by Sparta keeper Florin Nita three minutes after the restart prevented Edouard’s 25-yard free-kick from sneaking in at the post, before Ryan Christie curled a shot from 20 yards wide.

Lennon’s side kept up the tempo.

In the 63rd minute the unmarked Edouard missed a sitter when he shot straight at Nita from six yards after being set up by Ntcham.

Two minute later Tom Rogic replaced captain Scott Brown but it was still huffing and puffing and with 10 minutes remaining the home side helped themselves to a breakaway goal.

The excellent Moberg-Karlsson crossed for Julis to volley in a third from close range, and in a late break Plavsic, on for Moberg-Karlsson, raced through to round Bain and grab a fourth.

Celtic crashed out of the Europa League to heap more pressure on manager Neil Lennon

Celtic crashed out of the Europa League to heap more pressure on manager Neil Lennon

Celtic crashed out of the Europa League to heap more pressure on manager Neil Lennon

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