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Midnight Mania! Tony Ferguson supports Dustin Poirier, ‘pay the man’

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Dustin Poirier is a pretty incredible fighter. The former interim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight strap-hanger has fought an outrageously high-level of competition over the years. Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, Max Holloway — Poirier goes toe-to-toe with champions, consistently putting on all-time great fights, at no small cost to his own health.

Does “The Diamond” deserve some extra cash for all his extraordinary effort?

The Louisiana-native believes so, and ahead of what would surely prove to be yet another barn-burner opposite Tony Ferguson, he stood his ground in negotiations. UFC promptly moved on from the bout, labeling the negotiations unsalvageable.

Perhaps a bit surprisingly, Poirier’s would-be opponent Ferguson is on his side. “El Cucuy” tweeted out support for Poirier, requesting UFC “pay the man” and make the fight happen.

UFC 254 is still about six weeks away, so perhaps there’s a chance for all sides to come to an agreement. Unless something dramatic happens, however, it would appear that Dan Hooker is the rather possible option to replace Poirier.

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