Whilst the matchup was under no circumstances officially signed, the UFC experienced engaged in substantial talks with both equally fighters as the advertising seemed to reserve them on the very same card, which functions a light-weight title combat reigning light-weight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje in the primary celebration.
According to men and women with understanding of negotiations, who on Thursday spoke to MMA Fighting on the condition of anonymity, talks broke down with Poirier as he sought to reach a improved monetary settlement with the UFC to accept the combat with Ferguson. At the time the two sides have been unable to strike a deal, Poirier bowed out of negotiations and advised ESPN that he programs to return household to Louisiana just after just recently touring to Florida to start off his schooling camp at American Leading Crew.
“UFC and I did not arrive to terms,” Poirier instructed ESPN. “I will not be preventing on Oct. 24.”
Resources in the beginning explained to MMA Battling previously this 7 days that Poirier had not appear to phrases with the UFC on an arrangement for the struggle, but he was nevertheless starting off his teaching camp in hopes that they would be able to come across center floor in the course of negotiations.
As for Ferguson, he has currently agreed to the matchup and was in the midst of preparations to encounter Poirier on Oct. 24. It is unidentified if the UFC will endeavor to continue to keep Ferguson on the card and probably reserve him against a distinct opponent rather.
With 6 weeks remaining till UFC 254 usually takes place, it’s achievable Poirier could still strike a offer with the advertising. But it surely seems that is not probably if he’s scheduling to return dwelling while shutting down the begin of his training camp.
Poirier most not long ago fought in June, when he gained a unanimous conclusion victory over Dan Hooker in his return to motion following slipping to Nurmagomedov in a title unification bout in 2019.