Former interim champion Dustin Poirier is ready to take on Tony Ferguson later this year for a chance to become the No. 1 contender to fight for the title.
Tony Ferguson was on the collision course to ultimately take on UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for the fourth time earlier this year at UFC 249 on April 17.
However, the coronavirus pandemic let to the cancellation of the fight and ultimately Ferguson had to fight Justin Gaethje on May 9 at Jacksonville, Florida.
The fight didn’t go the way Tony Ferguson had anticipated. In that fight, Gaethje outstruck and outpunched Ferguson for the entirety of the fight and ultimately the referee had to step in to stop the fight in the fifth round.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani on his ESPN show, Tony Ferguson stated that he was ready to take on former two-division champion Conor McGregor or former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier to earn a crack at the UFC lightweight title again.
“They’re both decent fighters. They’re both good,” Tony Ferguson told ESPN. “We’re all elite and top five for a reason. … So far as fights go, if Conor wants to fight, I’m down for that. I’d love to fight a southpaw. I’d do really well. I knocked Aaron Riley’s jaw in that one on accident, so I mean, when it comes down to me fighting standup, you gotta remember when I fought Edson Barboza. It’s a lot different. This mix and matching kind of stuff like that, if it does happen again, cool. I’m already used to it.
“I would love to compete against Khabib, Poirier, McGregor,” Tony Ferguson said. “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.” (H/T – MMAJunkie.com)
Dustin Poirier down to fighting Tony Ferguson
Meanwhile, Dustin Poirier is open to the idea of fighting Tony Ferguson later this year. He took to Twitter and confirmed the news when a fan asked if he was willing to fight ‘El Cucuy’.
Waiting on the call https://t.co/88wNQKq6uV
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) August 4, 2020
Dustin Poirier is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Dan Hooker at UFC on ESPN 12 in June earlier this year.
Last month, Dustin Poirier said in an interview that he was only interested in the fights that mean something to him.
“It just needs to be a really big name or a title fight. I’ve been doing this for 10 years in the UFC, and I still love fighting, but I want these fights to mean more than just a fight. I don’t want it to just be about a show and win purse. I want it to really mean something, and I know I’m in the back nine of my career. Poirier said.
Do you guys think we will see Dustin Poirier vs Tony Ferguson?