Dustin Poirier not fighting Tony Ferguson at UFC 254

"UFC and I didn't come to terms"

Sadly, former interim lightweight champions Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson will not be fighting at UFC 254.

The UFC was targeting the bout for UFC 254 on October 24th, and while the bout wasn’t official, it seemed like both fighters were on a collision coarse. However, upon leaving training camp following botched negotiations with the UFC, Poirier revealed that he had not come to an agreement with the UFC and therefore pulled out.

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


There may be a chance at salvaging the bout, however. Poirier told ESPN that he would be willing to take the fight with Ferguson if the UFC would agree to his terms.

“I just need to be compensated if they want this fight,” he said. “Simple as that.

“I’m a prize fighter and the prize needs to be right.”

Ferguson will be returning following a shocking TKO loss to Justin Gaethje at UFC 249, where the latter replaced undisputed lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. That loss snapped Ferguson’s twelve fight winning streak which included victories over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Anthony Pettis.

Poirier lost via submission to Nurmagomedov last year at UFC 242. He returned to the win column earlier this year with a decision win over Dan Hooker in a “Fight of the Year” candidate.

Do you think Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson will end up fighting at UFC 254?

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com