What’s The Latest On Dustin Poirier vs. Tony Ferguson?

There is a status update on Dustin Poirier vs. Tony Ferguson and it isn’t good news for fight fans.

UFC President Dana White had told reporters that he was interested in booking Poirier vs. Ferguson. The two have yet to be matched up despite their impressive resumes and similarities. Both men have been revered by fans for their fighting styles. The two have even captured interim UFC Lightweight gold.

While there had been rumblings of a potential showdown, it wasn’t meant to be for now. Poirier revealed the following to ESPN.

“UFC and I didn’t come to terms,” Poirier said. “I will not be fighting on Oct. 24.”

Poirier had been training at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida despite not having a bout agreement in place. “The Diamond” said he did so just in case he’d be called upon for a bout. He’s expected to return home to Louisiana shortly.

Prior to talks breaking down, Poirier made it clear that he needed to be compensated well if he was expected to go to war with Ferguson. While anything can happen in a fight, many expected Poirier and Ferguson to go the distance due to the durability of both men. Since their bout was planned for UFC 254, it would’ve been scheduled for three rounds.

In his last outing, Poirier defeated Dan Hooker in a “Fight of the Year” contender. He ended up taking the unanimous decision victory back on June 27.

Meanwhile for Ferguson, his last bout was a loss to Justin Gaethje. “El Cucuy” was vying to become a two-time interim UFC Lightweight Champion but he was stopped in the fifth round via TKO. It’s the first time Ferguson has been beaten in eight years. He had his 12-fight winning streak snapped. His hopes of fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov were seemingly dashed, a win or two more could change that, however.

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