UFC targeting Tony Ferguson vs Dustin Poirier for October
In a bout that seems to be the materialisation of pure violence, the UFC are now working on Tony Ferguson vs Dustin Poirier. Both elite lightweights are at the top of the division, itching for another chance to capture UFC gold.
At the press conference following UFC on ESPN 15, UFC president Dana White was asked about Ferguson’s next fight. The UFC boss confirmed that the promotion have a fight planned for Ferguson. When asked if it was Poirier that UFC are lining up as opposition, he said “probably”.
Dana White says that Dustin Poirier is “probably” Tony Ferguson’s next opponent pic.twitter.com/f3mMSFhnC5
— Blue Corner Fighting (@blue_fighting) August 23, 2020
While not a confirmed bout, several other medias have confirmed the fight is in the works.
Dana White says Tony Ferguson's next fight will "probably" be Dustin Poirier.
I can add that talks have been initiated but last I heard, a deal isn't done just yet. Sounds like October. #UFCVegas7
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) August 23, 2020
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Ferguson has been open for a fight with Poirier, something he acknowledged in a recent interview with ESPN.
“You want to give me Conor, you give me Conor,” he told ESPN. “You want to give me Poirier, we’ll make it happen, and then we’ll fight for the winner of the Gaethje and Khabib fight. I would love to compete against Khabib, Poirier, McGregor. Those are the three right there. Why? Talent-wise, that’s why. Not because of any other ways or means. Because of the talent and the athletic respect that I have for their talent that they have in this sport.”
Ferguson was slated to challenge lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 249, though the Covid-19 pandemic altered those plans. Nurmagomedov was stranded in Russia and was unable to defend his title. Ferguson instead fought Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight title, losing via fifth round TKO in a shocking upset.
Poirier challenged Nurmagomedov for the undisputed title at UFC 242 last year, losing via third round submission. He then returned to face Dan Hooker in June of this year, winning a unanimous decision in one of the best fights of the year.