UFC’s Tony Ferguson wants Dustin Poirier fight

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

UFC fighter Tony Ferguson is itching to get back into the Octagon. And he wants it to be against Dustin Poirier.

However, there’s a problem. Poirier withdrew from contract negotiations for the fight.

UFC fighter Tony Ferguson poses during a ceremonial weigh-in at UFC 229
Tony Ferguson poses during a ceremonial weigh-in at UFC 229 (Getty Images)

The number that the UFC apparently offered him for the fight wasn’t worth it to step into the Octagon against Ferguson. However, the former champion wants the UFC to pay Poirier whatever number he is seeking.

“Here’s looking at you kid,” Ferguson wrote on Twitter. “Pay the man #DanaWhite #UFC. Love ya’ll, but let’s give the hardcore and casual fans what they deserve, a good fight.”

There was speculation that the two will do combat at UFC 254 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The main event for that card is Khabib Nurmagomedov against Justin Gaethje for the Lightweight Championship.

When Ferguson tweeted out his message to the UFC and Dana White, he used the hashtag #UFC254.

Ferguson was defeated by Gaethje in May. This loss snapped a several-year win streak that dated back to 2013.

In the fight at the UFC Apex, Ferguson took extensive damage, but continued to fight. He was eventually knocked out in the fifth-round at UFC 249.

When Gaethje won, it was the first-time Ferguson lost a fight since May 5, 2012 against Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 3. Johnson won on a unanimous decision.

Ferguson has a 25-4 record. When he was knocked out, it was the first-time that he was knocked out in his career.

Poirier – if a deal can be reached – would bring a 26-6 mark into the bout. He defeated Dan Hooker at UFC on ESPN 12 in June by unanimous decision.

The Louisiana native also lost to Johnson. Before defeating Hooker, Poirier was defeated by Nurmagomedov at UFC 242.

With Ferguson’s support, it’ll be interesting to see if White and his officials at the UFC can make the deal happen now.

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