Most fighters enter the ring with a particular plan in place aimed at dictating the pairing’s pace and the areas in which action unfolds. While UFC featherweight Dustin Poirier might have a basic outline in mind when it comes to his August 31 fight with Erik Koch, the 24-year old recently made it clear he had no concerns about his adversary’s abilities, showing his confidence level is at an all-time high entering the effort despite suffering a defeat the last time he took to the Octagon.
“I feel like I’m more prepared than I’ve ever been. I’m in a comfortable place with myself and with fighting right now, even with coming off a loss against Cub Swanson,” said Poirier in an interview with MMAMania. “I didn’t have time to prepare for that fight. I kind of jumped into it when his opponent got hurt. Four weeks wasn’t long enough. Looking back at it now, I probably shouldn’t have taken the fight. It was another learning experience. Sucks to have another loss on my record.”
With a full camp in place for Koch, Poirier truly believes he’s ready for anything thrown his way.
“I’m growing as a fighter and I’m growing in this sport. I’m prepared to beat Erik Koch anywhere that the fight goes. Whether we kickbox, or we wrestle, or we hit the ground and do jiu-jitsu, it doesn’t matter to me. I feel like I’m better than him everywhere,” explained Poirier, even going so far as to dismiss Koch having a home field advantage at UFC 164. “There’s no pressure for me going behind enemy lines to fight him. We can set the cage up at his family reunion and I’ll beat him up. It doesn’t matter to me.”
Koch trains in Milwaukee where the event is being held. He is 13-2 in his career in comparison to Poirier’s 13-3 mark. Both have finished the bulk of the opponents they’ve beaten.