According to ESPN’s Thursday report, Dustin Poirier says a fight with Tony Ferguson is unlikely for UFC 254 on October 24 in Yes Island, Abu Dhabi.
“UFC and I didn’t come to terms,” Poirier said. He said, “I will not fight on October 24. If I want this fight, I will have to pay compensation. That’s easy. I am (award winner) and the award should be right.”
The idea for the fight was first accepted by UFC President Dana White, who said in a post-fight news conference on August 22 that the bout was “probably going to happen”, in a publicity plan confirming the date and the incident.
If it happened on October 24, Pierreier (26-6 MMA, 18-5 UFC) vs. Ferguson (25-4 MMA, 15-2 UFC) would have placed on the same card as their divisional champions. UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov is to be selected alongside Justin Gethje at the UFC 254 Main Event.
UFC 254 takes place at the Flash Forum in Yes Island, Abu Dhabi. The main card will stream on pay-per-view.
Current UFC 254 lineups include:
- Champion Khabib Narmmagomedov vs Justin Gethje – for the lightweight title
- Jared Cannonier vs Robert Whitaker
- Cynthia Calvillo vs Lauren Murphy
- Walt Harris vs Alexander Volkov
- Omar Nurmagomedov vs Sergey Morozov
- Magomed Anklav vs Ion Katlaba
- Rafael dos Anjos vs Islami Machev
- Sam Alvi vs Da An Jung
- Liana Jojua vs Miranda Maverick