UFC president Dana White thinks Dustin Poirier has an unidentified motive for not combating Tony Ferguson at UFC 254.
The matchup in between previous interim UFC lightweight champions Poirier (26-6 MMA, 18-5 UFC) and Ferguson (25-4 MMA, 15-2 UFC) was envisioned to consider area on Oct. 24 but fell aside when “The Diamond” disclosed he could not arrive at economic phrases with the UFC.
Ferguson has given that pushed for the UFC to make points suitable with Poirier, putting out a social media article encouraging White to pay his likely foe and presents the lovers a hugely ideal matchup.
White claimed Poirier just would not get on board, however, and insinuated he questioned for an unrealistic amount of money of cash to phase in the octagon.
“Listen, I like Dustin,” White explained to reporters, together with MMA Junkie, at the DWCS 33 publish-struggle information meeting on Tuesday. “I’m not going to sit up below and say nearly anything detrimental about Dustin, he’s a wonderful child. I really don’t know if it was he didn’t want to combat in Abu Dhabi or what his offer was – he didn’t want to battle.
“Listen, there’s a ton of distinct methods to flip down a combat. Negotiating oneself out of one particular is a single of the approaches you can do it. So for regardless of what rationale, he didn’t want to take this struggle. Only he appreciates that.”
Poirier presented a response to White when contacted by MMA Junkie, and produced it crystal clear he remains eager on preventing Ferguson.
“I do want that combat,” Poirier wrote via textual content concept. “Simple and basic, I want to combat Tony. I like the matchup.”
White, for his part, appeared to be established on moving past the prospective reserving. He mentioned an additional matchup for Ferguson is on the desk, and he expects “El Cucuy” to get it.
“I instructed you we’ve obtained a fight,” White reported. “I never see Tony not accepting the combat.”