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Dana White: Ferguson vs Poirier will ‘probably’ co-headline UFC 254 ‘Khabib vs Gaethje’ event on Oct. 24

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It was recently reported that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is looking at booking a Lightweight match up between two former interim title holders in Tony Ferguson and Dustin Poirier. While the details were a bit sparse, including location and date, UFC President, Dana White, recently shed a bit more light on it.

During the “Contender Series” post-event press conference, the outspoken head honcho indicated that the fight will probably co-headline the upcoming UFC 254 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Oct. 24, 2020, which is set to feature a 155-pound title unification match between division king, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and current interim champion Justin Gaethje.

When asked about the possibility of that happening, White thought about it for a second and answered “probably,” before smiling at his short answer.

If this comes to pass, it would be a kick to the face to have both Khabib and Ferguson competing on the same card -- much like they did at UFC 229 -- and not against each other after five failed attempts. That said, should something unfortunate happen to Gaethje in the days leading up to the fight where he is unable to compete, UFC could very well throw “El Cucuy” in there against “The Eagle.” Another downside would be that the Ferguson vs. Poirier match would only be for three rounds as a co-headliner.

Of course, it would make more sense to have "El Cucuy" and "The Diamond" headline an event the same week — also on “Fight Island” — to make it a five-round fight, while still having the option to pull either fighter from the event and insert him into UFC 254 headlining duties if needed.

UFC 254 is expected to go down inside Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, as the promotion prepares for its next extended stay on “Fight Island” after staging a successful month of fights this past July.

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 254 fight card right here, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN 2/ESPN+ at 12 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

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