UFC 242: Dustin Poirier Non-Committal About Fighting Future, Following Latest Loss
By FCF Staff
After coming up short against lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242, Dustin Poirier has raised questions about his fighting future via a post-fight statement he made.
Poirier faced Nurmagomedov in the headliner of UFC 242, and was submitted by the latter with a third-round, rear-naked-choke. The loss snapped the 30-year-old’s six-fight, undefeated streak. During the post-fight press conference, Poirier had this to say about his future (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“It’s tough to say right now. This was my 41st fight tonight. I’m only 30 years old. I’ve just been through so much in my fighting career, it’s like I don’t know what’s next, you know?” Poirier said. “I thought, honestly, the last 10 weeks of training camp and preparing for this fight, I thought the stars were aligning and I thought this was my night. I thought this was destiny. But—I don’t want to just keep crying up here in front of you guys—this just means a lot to me. To have a performance like that and in the moment I was just waiting for each round and I thought I was going to start pulling away and start out-pacing him later on in the fight. But he’s just so-his balance and weight distribution against the fence, when he’s on top, is so strong. Physically, he didn’t feel overwhelming. I’ve fought guys that are stronger than him. But skill-wise and balance-wise it felt really good.
“I just really thought tonight I was going to fly back home to the United States undisputed world champ, so this really hurts. I’m going to go back home and talk to my wife. Like I said, I have a lot of tread left on the tires.”
But, in a video statement Poirier made after the loss, the rugged vet noted that “if I choose to fight again”, he’ll be back “strong”.
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Poirier, who defeated Max Holloway in April to win the interim lightweight title, now holds a record of 25-6, with 1 no-contest.