UFC Veteran Rushes to Dana White’s Aid After Ugly Dustin Poirier vs. Benoit Saint Denis Confusion for UFC 299 – “The Way They Treated Me…”

Published 02/07/2024, 6:12 AM EST

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Dustin Poirier is all set for an important fight against t Benoit Saint-Denis at the UFC 299 but wait was it canceled? ‘The Diamond’ in a social media update had stated that his fight with the French sensation was called off  – “My fights off but still working” This caused a huge uproar across the entire MMA community considering the fact that Poirier vs Saint-Denis fights is one of the most anticipated fights right now.

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After the uproar, ‘The Diamond’ released another statement where he claimed that the confusion was on his part and the fight was still on. This statement by Poirier gave some relief to the fans, however, there may have been other reasons behind this misunderstanding. Amidst the criticism directed at the UFC CEO, Dana White, a UFC veteran came forward to side with White.

UFC veteran stands by Dana White amid Dustin Poirier’s dilemma

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There was immense anticipation when Dana White announced Poirier’s matchup with Saint-Denis as the co-main event for UFC 299. Combat sports enthusiasts even went as far as stating that UFC 299 cards look better than the UFC 300 ones. However, Fans got hit by a piece of shocking news when Poirier released a statement that the fight was canceled causing a huge uproar. Dana White and the managers of both of them had to intervene to wash out the misunderstandings.

This unnecessary drama was criticized by the sports fans. UFC’s veteran, Matt Brown, in a statement, asserted that he took every fight that the UFC threw at him – “They ask me if I wanna fight this guy, and I say okay and sign the contract. I never really negotiated and asked for a different guy. Yeah, this has not really been my style. So for me, it’s been pretty simple, you know?” 

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He further added, “I have always been happy with the way they treated me and the pay they give me and everything. So I think, I don’t really know what they mean when they say they didn’t come to terms. Like, what terms? Are you gonna fight a guy on this day, and you gonna do it?”

 

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Brown supported Dana White against the basic notion that the CEO should be blamed for the shortcomings. The Immortal suggests that the fighters fight without thinking about the pay structure because that is their duty. Nonetheless, the Louisiana native is highly optimistic about his next fight but asserts that it’s a better platform for Saint-Denis.

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Poirier embraces underdog status against Benoit Saint-Denis

Dustin Poirier is coming off a knockout loss against Justin Gaethje while on the other hand, Saint-Denis is on a five-fight winning streak. As per ‘Diamond’, there has been no better time for him to be the underdog in the fight. While having a conversation with Ariel Helwani on ‘The MMA Hour,’ Poirier said that he was confident enough to clinch the victory.

“I would bet on myself if I could, but unfortunately I cannot. That’s how I feel about it. I’m not sure (why I’m an underdog). Because I lost my last fight, maybe. I’m 35, he’s 28 and he’s finished five guys in a row. He’s finishing all of his wins in his career. Maybe that’s why, I don’t know. My whole life I’ve been an underdog, Ariel. This is where I perform the best. This is perfect.” said Poirier.

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Poirier is looking for a win and so is Saint-Denis. A victory for ‘The Diamond’ would solidify his position as the potential contender while, on the other hand, a win for ‘God of War’ over Poirier would mean everything for the Frenchman.

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Suryakant Das

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I'm Suryakant Das, an avid sports enthusiast from a family that cherishes the world of sports. I still vividly recall the day my father took me to watch Indian wrestling, sparking my fascination with the discipline and the aura of those warriors. Over time, my love for combat sports grew, and now, I'm a UFC writer at EssentiallySports.
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