Tony Ferguson’s Next Fight May Well Be Against Dustin Poirier

This past weekend Dana White revealed that Tony Ferguson will fight again before the end of the year, and it looks like Dustin Poirier may well be his opponent.

At the UFC On ESPN 15 post-fight press conference, White was asked if he had another fight lined up for Ferguson, to which he replied, “we do.”

Though White initially appeared to be tight-lipped on who his opponent would be, when a reporter suggested that it was Dustin Poirier he smiled and replied, “probably.”

Ferguson is coming off his first loss in eight years, with Justin Gaethje lifting the interim lightweight title after a fifth round TKO victory that brought an end to ‘El Cucuy’s’ 12-fight winning streak.

That stellar run had seen Ferguson defeat the likes of Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis, Kevin Lee, Rafael dos Anjos and Edson Barboza, but the undisputed lightweight title still eludes him and so if the fight with Poirier does happen then he’ll see that as a quick way to get back into the title hunt.

Of course Poirier will think likewise after he had an unsuccessful attempt to win the belt from Khabib Nurmagomedov back in September of last year, losing out by unanimous decision on the night.

‘The Diamond’ has since bounced back in an instant classic battle with Dan Hooker back in June, which he won by unanimous decision.

With that bout being an all-out war that saw both men take a lot of punishment, it had appeared that Poirier may have been looking to take an extended break from the Octagon, but a recent tweet suggests he is indeed on the verge of a return.

“2 months away??#PaidInFull #ElDiamante,” Poirier wrote on Twitter yesterday alongside a post-workout picture.

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