After a disappointing end to this title bid at UFC 269, Dustin Poirier says that he got the same words of encouragement from his coach and his wife.
Poirier (27-8) faced reigning UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira in the UFC 269 main event. After back-to-back wins against Conor McGregor, Poirier entered his title opportunity as the favorite. Unfortunately things didn’t go his way and ‘The Diamond’ was submitted in the third round via rear-naked choke.
“I Can Beat Anybody”
During his interview on THE FIGHT with Teddy Atlas, Poirier shared the words of encouragement he received from his wife Jolie and coach after defeat.
“Her (my wife Jolie) and my boxing coach told me the exact same thing. They both said they’re behind me one hundred percent!” Poirier said. “Whatever I wanna do moving forward, and that with the right mindset, (that) I can beat anybody in the world. They both told me the same thing.”
Looking to the future, Poirer also confirmed during the interview that a short-notice fight with Nate Diaz was nearly finalized. Not long after the interview went live, Diaz seemingly killed that possibility.
”I just talked to the UFC. I said wassup with the DP fight. I wanna fight asap but they said Dustin sucks and they don’t want it. Sorry Dustin you suck hope to fight asap tho. Let’s do this Ps – Olivera you suck too,” Diaz posted on Twitter.
With the Nate Diaz fight apparently off the table, there are a handful of options available for Poirier at lightweight. Tony Ferguson and Michael Chandler are both coming off of losses and looking to get back on the winning track. There is also the possibility of a fourth fight with Conor McGregor.
Who do you want to see ‘The Diamond’ fight next?
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