The UFC returns to Battle Island in Abu Dhabi following this week’s UFC Battle Night time: Covington vs. Woodley at the Apex in Las Vegas. The promotion’s next stint on Combat Island is bookended by fork out-for every-views.
UFC 253 on Sept. 26 characteristics a long awaited middleweight showdown in between winner Israel Adesanya and best contender Paulo Costa. UFC 254 is headlined by lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. interim titleholder Justin Gaethje on Oct. 24, prior to the advertising returns to Las Vegas to near out the yr.
Nurmagomedov has experienced a heritage of occasional combat cancelations due to the fact of a single reason or another, not to mention that his fight with Gaethje is the principal party. With so substantially at stake, UFC officers are want to have a back again-up program in put really should either fighter have to withdraw due to the fact of COVID-19 or any other rationale.
UFC president Dana White experienced been touting a bout in between previous interim champions Tony Ferguson and Dustin Poirier as the promotion’s Prepare A and Plan B ought to one particular of the key eventers not make it to the cage on Oct. 24.
Poirier, having said that, publicly commented that he could not occur to conditions with the UFC and left his fight camp in Florida to return house to Louisiana.
White was questioned adhering to Tuesday night’s Dana White’s Contender Sequence if he however the Ferguson vs. Poirier battle may well appear back again jointly. He was adamant that it would not.
“No, I explained to you, we acquired a (new) battle (for Ferguson),” he claimed, just before admitting that Ferguson hadn’t yet agreed to the bout.
“Not but, no. He will nevertheless. I don’t see Tony not accepting a combat.”
Nevertheless White did not want to disparage Poirier, he wouldn’t speculate as to why they could not occur to phrases for the Ferguson bout, other than to say that Poirier just did not want the struggle.
“Listen, I like Dustin,” White stated. “I’m not heading to sit up in this article and say just about anything destructive about Dustin. He’s a wonderful child. I really do not know if it was he didn’t want to struggle in Abu Dhabi or what his deal was, he did not want to combat. There is a great deal of different approaches to switch down a fight.
“Negotiating you out of just one is 1 of the techniques you can do it. So for whichever cause, he did not want to get this combat. Only he understands that.”
Dustin Poirier insists he desires to combat Tony Ferguson
Poirier late Tuesday countered White’s reviews, simply just tweeting, “I WANT THE Fight.”
Like White, on the other hand, Poirier has not in-depth the place the disconnect is other than seemingly money.
“UFC and I did not appear to phrases,” Poirier explained to ESPN a week back. “I will not be combating on Oct. 24. I just want to be compensated if they want this battle. Uncomplicated as that. I’m a prize fighter and the prize requirements to be ideal.”
Who will Tony Ferguson combat at UFC 254?
There are number of reputable solutions for Ferguson that make a lot perception. Prime 10 rated lightweights Dan Hooker, Paul Felder, and Charles Oliveira make the most perception, but there is a wildcard.
Previous Bellator lightweight winner Michael Chandler is presently a absolutely free agent. White has shown interest in signing him. Could it be that the UFC may well make a surprise shift and entice Ferguson into welcoming Chandler to the Octagon at UFC 254? Only time will explain to.