It’s a question that gets asked far too much in the world of MMA for me. Immediately after a fight, one of the first questions asked about a fighter is what they want to do next.
For Tony Ferguson though, the question is super relevant.
After a crazy unbeaten streak that saw him crowned interim lightweight champion but never get a shot at the undisputed title due to injury and global pandemics, ‘El Cucuy’ was stopped by Justin Gaethje in May and leapfrogged.
Gaethje will now take on Khabib Nurmagomedov in October for the undisputed 155lbs title and Ferguson is looking for an opponent to get back to the top of the waiting list.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Ferguson said he wants to get back in the cage this year and named two potential opponents for himself.
“If you want to give me Conor, give me Conor. If you want to give me Poirier, we’ll make it happen, then we’ll fight the winner of the Gaethje and Khabib fight.”
Both fights have been spoken about in recent times, especially the McGregor bout. When ‘The Notorious’ was UFC champion Ferguson famously called him out following a win, referring to him as “McNuggets”. A bout between the two was often looked at as a fight between the two biggest characters in MMA, with both men possessing incredible striking techniques and holding great power in their hands. I covered this potential fight on the website previously, so my thoughts are available here.
The Poirier fight though is a fight I would love to see even more. With McGregor ‘retired’ once again and Dustin back in the win column following a brilliant win over Dan Hooker just prior to Fight Island, this would be the perfect fight to get him back into title contention. His previous fight prior to Hooker was the defeat to Khabib for the title, but he has already beaten Justin Gaethje in the UFC. Ferguson hasn’t fought Poirier before but the run he was on prior to the loss to Gaethje, and the circumstances surrounding that fight, mean he shouldn’t fall too far down the ladder.
Considering Ferguson lost to Gaethje in an interim title fight when he was supposed to be taking on Khabib for the undisputed title on just a few weeks notice, he deserves some sort of praise rather than added punishment. Poirier vs Ferguson is a fight that makes sense on the rankings, makes sense in terms of the title picture and is a fight that everyone would love to see.
There aren’t really any alternatives right now either, especially with Conor out of the picture. So lets get it done UFC. Dustin Poirier vs Tony Ferguson before the end of the year. Please?