Tony Ferguson has stepped in to try and save his showdown with Dustin Poirier after the UFC pulled the plug on the lightweight fight.
Poirier couldn’t come to terms with Dana White, suggesting the UFC were not willing to meet his fight purse demands for the highly-anticipated clash.
UFC boss White insisted they would not be trying to salvage the fight and Ferguson would face a different opponent at UFC 254.
But ‘El Cucuy’ has now tried to keep the fight alive, tweeting: ‘Here’s Lookin’ At You Kid.
‘Pay the man, Dana White, UFC. Love ya’ll but let’s give the Hardcore & Casual fans what they deserve, a good fight Sir.’
A delighted Poirier replied to Ferguson’s support, with MMA fans still holding onto hope the fight could happen in October as originally planned.
‘Violence! Let’s go Tony,’ Poirier said on Twitter.
‘Tony’s the type of guy who would manage his opponent and get him a new contract for the fight to happen.’
White had a blunt response to Poirier’s announcement his bout with Ferguson was off and refused to say what ‘The Diamond’ had asked for.
‘No, we’re not even trying to salvage it,’ White said. ‘We’re getting another fight. It’ll happen [with Ferguson facing another opponent at UFC 254].’
UFC 254 is expected to happen on ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi, with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov returning at the top of the card to defend his belt against Justin Gaethje.
Gaethje claimed the interim title in Nurmagomedov’s absence during the summer and is gunning to be the first fighter to beat the Russian in his pro career.
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