Dustin Poirier first fought in UFC 299 Then he wasn’t. He is now. It’s been a busy Thursday afternoon for ‘The Diamond’ on social media.
Dana White announced last month that Poirier will face rising lightweight contender Benoit St-Denis in Miami on March 9, one month before the massive landmark event to be held in Las Vegas. The fight was a hotly anticipated matchup for fans as it marked a new pairing in a division where the top fighters have been round-robining each other over the past few years. Poirier’s apparent fall from grace occurred when he stumbled. took to social media writing, “Still fighting my battles but not giving up.”
Ariel Helwani is the host of The MMA Hour, reportedly spoke to Poirier who revealed that “there was no contractual agreement before the fight was announced and we couldn’t come to terms.”
The question immediately arose: Why does the UFC announce fights that they haven’t signed yet? The truth is, this is quite common.