It seemed like destiny was on Dustin Poirier’s side for his second attempt at the undisputed UFC title. However, it wasn’t to be as the Lafayette native suffered a crushing loss to current UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira on Saturday at UFC 269.
At the post-fight press conference, a dejected Poirier gave his response in coming to terms with the loss after failing for the second time to become undisputed world champion.
“It sucks,” Poirier said at the UFC 269 post-fight press conference. “Worked hard to get back here to fight for another world title. Got choked out again. I’m just heartbroken really.”
Coming in as a favourite, many believed that it was Poirier’s chance to finally become champion however the stars were not aligned for the American that night after Oliveira sunk in a standing rear-naked choke in the third round. The Brazilian champion kept coming forward despite some punishing strikes from Poirier that would have seen many of his adversaries wilt under the offensive output.
Poirier mentioned that he was not surprised at how good Oliveira just like it was when he faced Khabib Nurmagomedov back in 2019.
“Obviously, I knew his jiu-jitsu was the best, some of the best, the most submissions in UFC history coming into this fight,” Poirier said. “That’s kind of the reason I didn’t go crazy trying to sweep and get up that second round. Cause like I said leading this, I’d rather lose the round than give my back and lose the fight trying to scramble back up. But he ended up getting to my back regardless. The guy’s good. He’s the champ.
“Same thing with Khabib. It’s such a small room for error in these kinds of fights. I felt good. After the first round sitting on my stool, going into the second, I was drinking water and thinking I’m going to be the world champion tonight. Such a crazy thing what we do.”
There were hints of retirement from Poirier before UFC 269 especially if he had won up the championship belt, however the Lafayette native mentioned that he will continue to move forward despite the stinging loss to move on as a father, to be a shining example and keep working.
“I don’t even want to think about who or what’s next,” Poirier said. “It’s been a crazy year for me. Three big fights. I just want to go home with my family. I’m healthy, they’re healthy. Like I said, I’m not a stranger to this kind of position. Nobody wants to be used to losing but I’m just used to learning. It is what it is. That’s the fight game.
“Trying not to sit up here at another press conference and cry in front of you guys but I’m going to continue to do what I do — be a father, try to be a beacon of light, keep grinding.”
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