UFC featherweight Dustin Poirier was on the cusp of challenging for the divisional title a year ago on Valentine’s Day after picking up five wins in a row. However, the well-rounded Louisiana native fell a few months later when he collided with Chan Sung Jung and was sent to the back of the contendership line.
With a first-frame finish of Jonathan Brookins in his follow-up bout and a scrap with Cub Swanson (18-5) set for this weekend at UFC on Fuel 7, Poirier is already in position to leapfrog a few of his peers and put his name back in the mix. And, even though the 24-year old took the match-up with the streaking Swanson on short notice, he’s still confident he can achieve his goal thanks to the way his style matches up against his adversary’s.
“I wasn’t injured or anything. I didn’t take a beating in my last fight, and I was still healthy, so it wasn’t really a hard decision. It was a great match-up for me, it’s going to be an exciting fight and it’s a big opportunity. So why not jump on it,” asked the 13-2 Poirier rhetorically in an interview with the UFC’s website.
“He is unpredictable. His stand-up looks great, he has really good boxing and unorthodox kicks,” he continued on Swanson, breaking down his skill-set. “It seems like he gets careless sometimes in his fights and he doesn’t care about getting taken down or where the fight will end up; he’s just kinda out there doing his own thing, and I think that’s where I’m gonna make him pay. When he gets in his zone and starts getting his head movement going and footwork going, he does stuff that puts him in bad positions and I just gotta capitalize on it. I feel like I have great boxing too, and I’m gonna show it in this fight.”
Poirier-Swanson will serve as part of the main card broadcast. Fans can catch it on Fuel TV at 3:00 PM EST this Saturday afternoon with prelims airing on Facebook in the hours leading up to showtime.
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