UFC featherweight Dustin Poirier was on the cusp of title-contendership entering a May match-up against Chan Sung Jung after winning a quartet of consecutive clashes inside the Octagon. However, Poirier’s momentum was put to an end when Jung submitted him in the fourth frame of their headlining tilt.
While some fighters might crumble from such a devastating defeat, Poirier recently revealed the loss might have been for the best based on it forcing to reinvent himself to a certain extent. The 23-year old has since moved his camp to American Top Team and will look to show off his newfound approach in a few weeks when he faces Jonathan Brookins at the Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.
“I need to stick to the gameplan and go after people when I have them hurt,” said Poirier of his attitude adjustment in an interview with MMA Fight Corner before talk turned to how the stumble against Jung affected him. “I learned a lot of things, probably too many to even list. That was a great fight for my career. I feel like I’m only going to grow from it. It sucks to have a loss on my record that I’m going to have forever, but I’m trying to take the positive out of it and I learned a lot.”
“Everything happens for a reason and I’m definitely going to be there fighting for the title one day, but right now its one fight at time,” he concluded.
As far as a crack at the divisional championship goes, Poirier understands just how fickle the fight-game can be and knows he has to beat Brookins if hoping to challenge for the belt at any point in the immediate future.
“This is a busy sport man. Things change overnight. Things change with the snap of the fingers. Nothing’s for sure in this sport until you’re in there and the cage is locked really,” said the 12-2 Poirier. “You win one fight, you’re fighting for the title if you finish a guy with a big name. If you lose one, you’re back at the bottom of the list. You lose two, you’re out. This is a crazy sport, man. You just have to stay on top of your game.”
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