UFC President Dana White has seemingly poured cold water on talks of Dustin Poirier vs. Tony Ferguson.
The UFC boss had expressed interest in booking a lightweight showdown between Poirier and Ferguson. The general consensus among fight fans was that this bout would be a welcomed sight. Both “The Diamond” and “El Cucuy” are revered for their fighting styles and toughness.
Unfortunately for those looking forward to such a fight, Poirier recently told ESPN that he couldn’t come to terms on a deal with the UFC. Poirier was training at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida just in case he was called upon for a bout.
Speaking to reporters during the UFC on ESPN+ 35 post-fight press conference, White said that he’s moving on from Poirier vs. Ferguson (h/t MMAFighting.com).
“No, we’re not even trying to salvage it. We’re getting another fight. Yep, it’ll happen.”
Ferguson caught wind of White’s comments and he took to his Twitter account to ask the UFC boss to reconsider.
“Here’s Lookin’ At You Kid” Pay the man @danawhite @ufc Love ya’ll but let’s give the Hardcore & Casual fans what they deserve, a good fight Sir ⚔️🕶 -CSO- 🇺🇸🏆🇲🇽 @DustinPoirier #ufc254 pic.twitter.com/uVwwZIUtSd
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) September 14, 2020
“‘Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.’ Pay the man. Love ya’ll but let’s give the hardcore & casual fans what they deserve, a good fight sir.”
Once he is satisfied with an offer whether he fights Ferguson next or not, Poirier will look to capitalize on his last victory. He shared the Octagon with Dan Hooker back on June 27. In a “Fight of the Year” contender, Poirier defeated “The Hangman” via unanimous decision.
As for Ferguson, he’s hoping to rebound after suffering his first defeat in eight years. “El Cucuy” was stopped by Justin Gaethje in their May 9 battle for the interim UFC Lightweight Championship. The defeat snapped Ferguson’s 12-fight winning streak.