UFC botched lightweight title picture, stiffed Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson
Justin Gaethje believes the UFC faltered in how it’s dealt with service at the extremely leading of the light-weight department.
Gaethje, the previous UFC title opposition and present leading competitor, thinks the title image at 155 pounds was handled improperly by the UFC and president Dana White in the previous couple of months.
Presently, the UFC has yet to strip champ Khabib Nurmagomedov despite the fact that he retired back in October, and No. 1 competitor Dustin Poirier has actually revealed discontent and is declining to eliminate previous Bellator champ Michael Chandler.
Gaethje (22-3 Mixed Martial Arts, 5-3 UFC) believes the start of this quandary started at UFC 256 back in October when he challenged Nurmagomedov for the title in Abu Dhabi.
“The reason why this is happening with Poirier is because Dana White used, he tried to, he did, he (explicit) Tony (Ferguson) and Dustin,” Gaethje informed Mixed Martial Arts Addict on Monday. “He said (explicit) you guys, I’m going to take Chandler, and he’s going to be the backup for this title fight. That all happened four months ago. We are humans, we have principles, we have morals, and that’s what that is. That’s why Dustin Poirier is saying (he won’t fight Chandler). Well, I would assume. I don’t talk to the guy.
“He didn’t just (explicit) Dustin Poirier, He didn’t just (explicit) on Tony Ferguson. He (explicit) on every single (explicit) fighter that wants to do it right and wants integrity to the sport, and that’s why Dustin Poirier is talking like he is.”
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Gaethje believes the UFC’s choice to make the freshly signed Chandler a backup fighter for his UFC 256 title battle, while likewise not taking the needed actions to complete the reservation in between Tony Ferguson and Poirier in the co-main occasion, rubbed numerous lightweights the incorrect method.
Ferguson, dissatisfied with the scenario, went on to eliminate and lose to Charles Oliveira this previous December, numerous weeks after UFC 256. On the other hand, Poirier wound up battling last month and avenged his 2014 loss to Conor McGregor with a TKO win at UFC 257. Later, Poirier revealed disliking the battle video game politics and stated he declines to eliminate Chandler.
“That’s just the truth. You remember how upset Tony and Dustin were when they didn’t put that fight together (at UFC 256),” Gaethje stated. “They were probably $50,000 or $100,000 off one of their contracts, and they didn’t put the contract together and those guys were ready to fight.
“They put it in the public, and that (explicit) is not right. I don’t like that as a fighter. I don’t like that as an employee. Well, I’m no (explicit) employee but being somebody that offers my services to the company. That’s not cool. You don’t want to see that. … I just know that’s why Dustin is saying what he’s saying, and that’s why he won’t fight Chandler for the title right now because they did that (explicit) in October. I don’t know it, but I’m pretty sure.”
Regardless of believing the UFC didn’t manage the title image appropriately, Gaethje remains in no chance dissatisfied with the UFC. He’s pleased he earned money well for the UFC 254 title battle, and he’s itching to get reserved to eliminate once again so he can recuperate from the loss to Nurmagomedov.
“I’m happy. I’m not dissatisfied,” Gaethje stated. “I don’t want to fight anywhere else. This is the company to showcase your skills at the highest level. I try to be a company man since Day 1.”
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.