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Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier Apologizes For the ‘Misunderstanding’ – Says the UFC 299 fight vs. Benoit Saint-Denis is “Back On”

When Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier recently announced the cancellation of his eagerly anticipated bout against Benoit Saint-Denis at UFC 299, fans were left reeling from disappointment. But in a dramatic twist befitting the unpredictable nature of the sport, Poirier has now confirmed that the fight is indeed “back on.” He apologized for what he describes as a “misunderstanding” on his part.

Let’s dive into the saga that briefly turned the MMA community on its head, only to set things right again in spectacular fashion.

Dustin / IG / Dustin clears that the announcement of the cancellation was a “misunderstanding.”

Early on, the MMA community was set abuzz when Dana White, the UFC’s president, announced a thrilling match-up for UFC 299. Dustin Poirier, a fighter known as much for his heart as his striking prowess, was slated to face off against the rising star, Benoit Saint-Denis, in what promised to be an explosive lightweight contest. The anticipation was palpable, with fans and pundits alike predicting the fight’s outcome and implications for the lightweight division.

However, the excitement was short-lived. In a surprising move, Poirier took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to announce that the fight was off. He cited a lack of contractual agreement before the fight’s announcement and subsequent failure to come to terms as the reasons behind the cancellation.

Dustin / IG / The cancellation of the bout sent shockwaves through the MMA community, prompting discussions and speculation about the behind-the-scenes negotiations that fans are seldom privy to.

Dustin’s Apologies and Clarifications

Just when the disappointment seemed to settle in, Poirier made an unexpected announcement. Again, using X as his platform, he declared that the fight against Saint-Denis was back on, extending an apology for the confusion and admitting to a misunderstanding on his part. This quick turnaround was a relief to fans and a testament to the dynamic, sometimes chaotic nature of fight negotiations.

Poirier’s manager, Tiki Ghosn, confirmed the fight’s status with a succinct message to MMA Junkie: “The fight is on.” This confirmation put to rest any lingering doubts about the bout’s fate and redirected the focus toward the fighters’ preparation and strategies leading up to the event.

UFC 299: Setting the Stage

UFC 299 is poised to be an event that will capture the attention of MMA enthusiasts around the globe. Scheduled for March 9 at the Kaseya Center in Miami, the event boasts a card headlined by a bantamweight title fight between the champion Sean O’Malley and challenger Marlon Vera.

Dustin / IG / The inclusion of Poirier vs. Saint-Denis as the co-headliner adds an extra layer of excitement, promising fans an unforgettable night of martial arts competition.

Dustin Poirier (29-8 MMA, 21-7 UFC) brings a wealth of experience and a fan-favorite fighting style back into the octagon. Known for his durability, powerful striking, and submission skills, Poirier has faced some of the biggest names in the sport and emerged as one of the lightweight division’s most respected figures. On the other side, Benoit Saint-Denis (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) is a formidable opponent with a rising profile in the lightweight division. His impressive record and skill set make him a serious threat and a fascinating matchup for Poirier.

However, the fight between Poirier and Saint-Denis is not just a contest of physical ability. It is a battle of wits and strategy. For Poirier, a victory would reinforce his position as a top contender in the lightweight division and potentially pave the way for another title shot.

For Saint-Denis, a win against such a well-regarded opponent would catapult his career to new heights, signaling his readiness for the division’s elite.

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