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Morning Report: Tony Ferguson responds to Dustin Poirier’s call out: ‘I liked you better when you were quiet kid’

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When Conor McGregor jumped the line and beat Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, it sent the lightweight division into a tailspin. After McGregor involuntarily vacated his belt to go pursue a boxing megafight with Floyd Mayweather, the UFC was struck by poor planning an bad luck, unable to crown a legitimate champion in the absence of McGregor defending his title. Multiple title fights came together and fell apart. An interim belt was put on the line and then vacated, and all the while, more legitimate contenders accumulated at the top of the 155 pound division. So when Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor at UFC 229, it was supposed to be a return to normalcy for the UFC.

Instead, Nurmagomedov has embarked on a worldwide victory tour, meeting with foreign dignitaries and performing charitable works. He has not shown any concrete plans on when he will return to defend his title and when his team does speak of Khabib’s return, the ideas being discussed are not top lightweight contenders but boxing matches with Mayweather or superfights with Georges St-Pierre. While it hasn’t been that long since Nurmagomedov defended his belt, this is still frustrating one of the two men who should be in line for a title shot, Dustin Poirier.

Poirier recently voiced his frustration with the hold-up at the top of the lightweight division, telling MMAJunkie that he “needs clarity on what’s next”. He also took to Twitter to call out the other man waiting on a title shot, Tony Ferguson, so they could fight instead of waiting around on Nurmagomedov to return.

Unfortunately for Poirier, Ferguson doesn’t seem that interested.

Ferguson is widely considered to be next in line for Nurmagomedov, having won 11 fights in a row in the UFC, including an interim title he was later stripped of, for no real reason. His most recent outing was a Fight of the Year contender against Anthony Pettis in the co-main event of UFC 229, a TKO win for Ferguson that cemented him as the number one contender, barring an immediate rematch for McGregor, and as a result, Ferguson essentially waved off Poirier’s call out, telling “The Diamond” to ‘sit down’.

Poirier himself is on an impressive win streak, having one three in a row over top lightweight contenders. That being said, he acknowledged that Ferguson is rightfully in front of him in line even before he called him out. But if he can goad Ferguson into taking a fight against him, then Poirier can put himself in line for a title shot with a win, so Poirier seems intent on trying to do just that.

For now, Ferguson, Poirier, and the rest of the lightweight division will have to wait on Nurmagomedov to resolve his lingering issues with the Nevada Athletic Commission before they can hope for clarity at the top of the lightweight division. Nurmagomedov is still facing punishment for the brawl he incited following UFC 229, which could potentially include a lengthy suspension. If that happens, Poirier and Ferguson may end up fighting one another after all.


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2007: Urijah Faber submitted Jeff Curran with a guillotine choke at WEC 31 to retain his featherweight title. This was also the event where Chael Sonnen famously “did not tap out” in his middleweight title fight against Paulo Filho, but was determined to have verbally submitted when he shouted out while caught in an armbar.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


EXIT POLL

Poll

Will Ferguson and Poirier fight each other?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    Yes, Khabib is getting suspended.
    (461 votes)
  • 51%
    Yes, but after Khabib and Tony fight.
    (801 votes)
  • 18%
    No, they will never fight.
    (289 votes)
1551 votes total Vote Now

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