April eight, 2020 10:ten pm
Dustin Poirier understands why he was not preferred to swap Khabib Nurmagomedov in opposition to Tony Ferguson at UFC 249.
When news surfaced that Nurmagomedov was not able to protect his lightweight title versus Ferguson in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Poirier, the former interim winner, was among the people to throw his identify in the hat to choose the fight.
Finally, the advertising made a decision to go with Justin Gaethje, who now satisfies Ferguson for the interim a hundred and fifty five-pound belt on the April 18 card, which will reportedly go down at Tachi Palace On line casino Resort just outside the house of Lemoore, Calif.
Inspite of the point Poirier (twenty five-six MMA, seventeen-five UFC) holds a TKO earn above Gaethje (21-two MMA, 4-2 UFC) from less than two several years in the past, he sees why the UFC went the course it did. Poirier is coming off a reduction to Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 in September, and if he defeat Ferguson, the UFC would be positioned to operate an rapid rematch with Khabib.
“I consider that’s particularly what it was,” Poirier explained to MMA Junkie on Wednesday. “Me coming off the reduction to Khabib, it is just a new contender, a guy on a streak, an enjoyable fight. It is just what takes place. It is company. I recognize it’s a organization. I can not twist their arm and make them do items. Of system I would love to be in there throughout from Tony, but it’s all very good. I have just received to struggle and get, and anything will solve alone.”
From the second the new UFC 249 principal event was introduced, Poirier has not shied absent from featuring a prediction. Ferguson and Gaethje are two of the wonderful motion fighters in the UFC, with a combined seventeen struggle-night bonuses in excess of the study course of their octagon tenures.
The fight will see a clash involving two forces of violence, but Poirier mentioned he’s acquired a solid inclination of which way it goes.
“I think (Gaethje is) heading to knock Tony out,” Poirier mentioned. “Both fellas on the technological side of it really don’t have the most crisp system when it will come to kickboxing, but they are equally really damaging fighters. They both of those go in with reckless abandonment of their very own self to land the huge photographs. I just believe Gaethje is likely to land a thing massive on the inside and harm Tony, person. I definitely do. We’ve observed Tony damage a handful of periods. I just imagine Gaethje is heading to be the a single to finish him.”
If Ferguson does fall to Gaethje at UFC 249, it would represent 1 of the excellent tragedies for a fighter. Following placing collectively a 12-combat winning streak at lightweight, the entire world has been keen to see “El Cucuy” last but not least clash with Nurmagomedov, who is undefeated at 28- and using twelve consecutive UFC wins.
A loss to Gaethje could spell the end of 36-12 months-old Ferguson’s title aspirations, and consequently hope for a showdown with Nurmagomedov. Poirier doesn’t sympathize, however, due to the fact that is component of the struggle video game.
“Nah (I wouldn’t really feel bad), that’s battling,” Poirier said. “You just take the hazard. We’ll see what happens. That is just fighting. It is so unpredictable.”
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