Although a considerably-ideal Lightweight showdown between former interim title holders Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson has been talked over, nothing has been manufactured official at this time. The two have been rumored to toss down as the co-principal event for UFC 254 on Oct. 24, 2020, which attributes a 155-pound title unification bout between division king, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and interim champ Justin Gaethje.
So what looks to be the maintain up? In accordance to Poirier, it is all about the Benjamins, scratch, coin, dollar, greenback bills ya’ll. Certainly, “The Diamond” lately informed ESPN that if the promotion desires this struggle to happen, they need to have to open up the checkbooks and create down a huge quantity.
“I’m in. I just require to be compensated if they want this struggle. Very simple as that,” mentioned Poirier. “I’m a prize fighter and the prize demands to be appropriate.”
Fighter pay has usually been a warm subject in combined martial arts (MMA), specifically under the UFC banner. Additional just lately, while, it appears to be a number of leading stars have been speaking out in hopes of securing bigger paydays. And when Dustin isn’t likely as significantly as threatening to sit out like Jon Jones and Jorge Masvidal did, he just desires to be compensated a bit much more to choose on just one of the most perilous 155-pound fighters in the game now.
Poirier’s request will pressure UFC to make a final decision, and fast, considering that UFC obviously planned on owning him and Ferguson combating on “Fight Island” for backup functions, as effectively. Ferguson would most likely be the one particular to get the title combat against Khabib should Gaethje bow out, although the report states that Poirier would get the get in touch with against Gaethje ought to “The Eagle” pull out.
And it’s a no-brainer, genuinely, due to the fact Khabib vs Ferguson has been on battle fan’s wish listing for many years and, properly, you know the rest. Furthermore, Gaethje just dominated Ferguson at UFC 249, so booking that bout doesn’t make sense. And since Poirier has a gain about Gaethje, reserving that rematch for the interim strap sells by itself.
It is a acquire-win scenario for all parties included, as very long as UFC makes the selling price