Dustin Ready To Fight Tony If Khabib Won’t
Thinking the lightweight division would sort itself out after UFC Abu Dhabi was a mistake many fans have made. So, the order of operations should tell us that no matter what, Khabib needs to face Tony Ferguson. Tony has called out Khabib on many occasions and has even selected the date of December 14th for the bout to occur. Just as fans got excited about the news, a new wrinkle ascended to ruin our perfect matchmaking. Dustin Poirier has thrown his name into the mix, volunteering to fight Ferguson if the Khabib bout falls through.
Poirier Replies To Tweet
Poirier has been doing a lot of thinking out loud on social media lately. Losing to Khabib at Abu Dhabi had Dustin take a short hiatus from social platforms. But, Dustin is back on Twitter.. and better than ever. Responding to Ferguson’s calling out of Khabib on Twitter, Dustin threw his name in the race for the fight.
If he can't make it. I can 🙋♂️
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) September 23, 2019
In the tweet, Tony told Khabib to defend or vacate. He also threw a date out of December 14th, which would be UFC 245.
Consequently, Dustin saw the tweet and replied. Simply put, Dustin replied, “If he can’t make it, I can.”
Looks like ‘The Diamond’ is ready to get back to work
Suffering the defeat to Khabib put Dustin in a state of vulnerability. Because of the loss, Dustin even hinted at possibly retiring when he threw out the idea of coming back stronger if he decided to fight again.
If there’s one thing the UFC likes, it’s a fighter that is always willing to step into the octagon. Many fighters pass up prime opportunities if the timing isn’t beneficial to them. The UFC won’t have to worry about that with Dustin. Poirier appears to have quickly bounced back from the loss against Khabib.
The Trajectory of the Congested Lightweight Division
As everybody knows, Tony should be next in line for the title. After all, even Poirier mentioned that himself. If Poirier and Ferguson were to fight, who would get Khabib next? Would it be Justin Gaethje? Or, would Nurmagomedov finally chase his dream fight against Georges St Pierre? Tyron Woodley mentioned that he would also like to fight Khabib at a catchweight.
If the UFC books Tony vs Dustin, it would give Khabib the prime opportune widow to finally have a super fight. However, if Dustin were to beat Tony, Khabib would most likely rematch Dustin afterward. While that isn’t bad for Dustin, Khabib’s father has vowed that Khabib would probably retire once he acquired a 30-0 record.
In conclusion, if Khabib were to defeat GSP and then go on to beat Dustin again, the MMA world may never get to see Khabib Nurmagomedov fight, Tony Ferguson.
Scary thought, right?