UFC 250: Dustin Poirier understands the risk versus reward attached to any fight you accept specially Ferguson vs Gaethje in the UFC.
That’s why it’s difficult for the former interim lightweight champion to say for certain if Tony Ferguson is making the right call accepting a short notice fight against Justin Gaethje.
An interim title was put up for grabs after reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was ruled out of the event due to travel restrictions getting out of Russia due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Once the fight was signed, Ferguson vs Gaethje Fight was expected to headline UFC 249 on April 18 but after that show was postponed, the matchup was moved to May 9, UFC 250 instead. While both fighters haver verbally accepted the bout, the UFC is still ironing out the details regarding the location and venue for the show.
In terms of Ferguson’s willingness to face Gaethje for an interim lightweight title instead of sitting out until August or September when Nurmagomedov is ready again, Poirier can’t judge what goes through another fighter’s mind when it comes to accepting a particular opportunity.
A thousand different factors can play into that decision including financial responsibilities not to mention Ferguson fought his last fight in June 2019, which means waiting for Nurmagomedov would put him out of action for over a year.
“It’s tough for me to call that cause I’m not in his shoes,” Poirier said when speaking to MMA Fighting. “I don’t know what he’s thinking, how he’s feeling. Into that decision making a lot of things play. It’s tough to say.”
Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, against Dan Hooker, Poirier was offered a fight of his own on May 16. Just as his camp was about to get started, he ended up leaving his camp to go home to Louisiana to be with his family due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since that time, Poirier has done his best to stay in shape while still dealing with a lot of unknowns regarding his own return to action. That’s why it’s so hard to determine if fighting right now is a good idea or not for anybody.
In terms of the matchup, Poirier also offered his initial opinion on the fight after it was booked for April 18. At the time, he saw Gaethje’s fight ending power as a problem for Ferguson, especially during the early rounds.
That said, Poirier understands that a short notice fight coupled with the unique circumstances surrounding this event could make any accurate prediction nearly impossible.
“This is MMA. Anything can happen on any given night.” Poirier said when breaking down the matchup. “But stylistically, I saw it matching up — the only thing that was in the back of my mind that I thought would work against my prediction was Justin’s cardio. I didn’t know how hard he was pushing before he got the call. I don’t know what kind of shape he was in.“
As of now, the UFC is determined to move forward with the card at UFC 250 on May 9 while Poirier anxiously awaits word on his next opportunity as well.
He’s still locked down in quarantine with his family, doing his best to stay in shape with hopes that the UFC will come calling soon.
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