After UFC on FOX 29 triumph, Dustin Poirier all in on pretension shot: we only wish to say, 'I did it'

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Lightweight Dustin Poirier was on crutches when he sat down in front of reporters after a “Fight of a Year” contender opposite Justin Gaethje during UFC on FOX 29.

“It hurts,” was a approach Poirier (23-5 MMA, 15-4 UFC) described a feeling of contrary with Gaethje (18-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) for three-plus rounds before a concussive fourth-round finish. “I got strike with a integrate of leg kicks we didn’t wish to get strike with. More than a couple.”

Poirier, a No. 9-ranked warrior in a USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, could frequency hook his right leg after holding dozens of kicks from Gaethje. His left eye was a red disaster and felt, he said, like it had been incited inside out. Still, he designed to get behind into a gym after one week of vacation with his family.

With a pretension shot potentially beckoning, Poirier doesn’t wish to behind off now. He’s prepared to answer whenever a UFC calls him with an offer to face champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was among those who praised Saturday’s headliner.

Backstage, Poirier didn’t get a possibility to speak to UFC President Dana White, who on FOX’s post-event uncover signaled his seductiveness in seeing “The Diamond” plea for the title while also not committing to a idea.

Unable to strech White during an talk on a show, Poirier instead looked during White and called out, “It’s time” – only like he did in so many difference after his FOX-televised win during Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz.

“I wish to quarrel for gold, man,” Poirier told MMAjunkie. “I’m not chasing rematches with Conor (McGregor), or rematches with Eddie (Alvarez). That’s not my goal. My idea isn’t to get even with these guys. My idea is to pullulate and be a universe champion and make income and retire and say, ‘I did it.’

“I only wish to go to nap with that belt around my waist one night and tell my wife, ‘I did it.’ Years and years ago, in 2006, we didn’t have a car, and (my wife) would expostulate me to weigh-ins. We would nap in damaged down motels and quarrel a subsequent day, only me and her. we only wish to say, ‘I did it,’ man.”

Poirier came out to boos and fans observant “crazy stuff,” though gave a assembly small choice other than to get on his side after such a energetic brawl. And while a quarrel wasn’t wholly but debate due to some eyepokes traded between a two, there was no doubt that something special happened in a cage.

“That’s what we came to see, right?” Poirier asked. “You bought a sheet to see a fight, and we only left it all out there. We had a dried shootout, and one male was station when a fume cleared.”

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