Despite wanting to face Tony Ferguson at UFC 254, Dustin Poirier might step out of the contest. It is believed that UFC and Poirier have failed to come to terms, leaving a possibility for a new contender to go up against ‘El Cucucy’. However, it is still not an official notion.
As per ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler might replace Poirier and enter the mix. ‘Iron’ Chandler ended his contract with the Bellator in August and is a free agent now. A few weeks ago, he was rumored to enter the UFC, and Helwani’s report suggests that it could happen soon.
Michael Chandler is ready to replace Dustin Poirier
After knocking out Benson Henderson at Bellator 243, Chandler left his former company on a high note. While he is currently being billed to appear at UFC 254, Ferguson is yet to validate the matchup from his end.
Meanwhile, Tony Ferguson has eyes only for Poirier. Despite rumbling into turmoil, ‘The Diamond’ is still his first preference. However, if UFC can throw something lucrative in the pot, he could face Chandler.
And Michael Chandler vs Tony Ferguson is a matchup that will entertain the whole fan-base. ‘Iron’ (21-5) and ‘El Cucuy’ (26-4) are two of the most sensational strikers.
Moreover, Chandler is a former Bellator superstar and is a stellar figure in the MMA community. If he decides to enter the UFC roster, a debut against Ferguson will be massive.
Ferguson is currently a dominant contender in the UFC lightweight division. Thus, a win against him will also enable the former Bellator champion to ride the title race. However, all this can happen only if Poirier actually steps out of the contest. While Dana White has accused him of not wanting to fight, Poirier has often reiterated his desire to face Ferguson.
If not, White and his team don’t want to run out of options. Dan Hooker is also on the line and could face Tony. Despite all the possibilities, UFC administrators are yet to finalize the fight. Meanwhile, fans can start daydreaming about some of the biggest lightweights blockbusters on the upcoming track.
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