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Opinion: Tony vs Dustin should be rebooked for UFC 255 as the PPV headliner

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  1. Ahmed Masood Blue Belt

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    The original plan was for them to fight as the co-main on UFC 254 but it seems like Dustin wasn't happy with the pay and Tony has mentioned that he's only interested in Dustin or Conor outside of a title fight, hence why when Dustin pulled out, Tony followed.

    I think the issue with pay is actually partly due to the fact that this fight was on a Khabib card. Khabibs probably the 2nd or 3rd biggest star in the sport and will obviously be the main PPV draw, and the UFC seems to value their fighters on two basis: a) if they are a champion, b) if they are the biggest ppv draw on the card. If one or both boxes are checked, its likely the fighter will be well compensated. Since Khabib is the largest reason why casuals will tune in, it makes it difficult for fighters sharing the card with him to argue their worth and demand greater pay.

    The solution would be for Tony and Dustin to fight on a more shallow card. UFC 255 looks decent if you're a hardcore fan (with Fig vs Cody) but at the moment, does not have anything to draw in the casual audience. If Tony vs Dustin were to be remade for this card, it would be by far the biggest draw therefore both fighters can argue for greater pay. The UFC will probably have more money, given that they wont be paying Khabib the millions on his contract, so would more than likely increase the pay for both Tony and Dustin (probably through donating a share of the PPV). Its kinda like when Tony vs Cowboy was added to UFC 238 since that card needed something to draw in the casuals.

    The headliner thing is more a wish since this fight should be 5 rounds, maybe the UFC can put a MBMF belt on the line (most brutal mother fucker) or some shit like that, but its more unlikely.

    Would be interested to hear your opinion Sherbros?
     
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  2. DestinedAussie Blue Belt

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    After Tony's last performance it is hard to justify him being PPV headliner. He was dismantled in a worrying way to the point many wondered if Tony's time has past.

    Tony is still desperate for his title shot and was probably told beat Dustin and you have it. But if Dustin wins should he really get another title shot? His last attempt wasn't really close.
     
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  3. dildos Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Doesn’t matter when it is booked. this fight just needs to be a 5 rounder.
     
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    Needs 5rds. I’m with you TS. Fig and Cody can’t headline a card.
     
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    Cmon not a headliner there are already two title fights been booked for UFC 255 but it is ok they can fight at UFC 255 but it will be a 3 round fight
     
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    If Fig was fighting someone else in his division then yeah it will not sell anything but he is fighting Cody a well known figure and he was the former Champ so it will sell something
     
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    The only way that it will be a headliner is a fight night not a PPV card
     
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  8. dildos Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Yep. So it should be booked on a free to air card.
     
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    I get what you’re saying, but your solution is based on a greedy company wanting to “overpay” for a fight they obviously don’t consider worth the money.
     
  10. DooHoChoi Green Belt

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    Defenetly needs to be 5 rounds, but don't think this matchup gonna happen now with Chandler in the mix.
     
  11. jban Black Belt

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    UFC PPV headliners are always title fights nowadays. UFC should toss some extra money to Poirier, and make it a 5 round headliner for a fight night.
     

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