Although Dustin Poirier was in striking distance of a title shot not long ago, and he remains the UFC’s #6 ranked featherweight, the veteran will return to lightweight this Saturday at UFC FN 63.
Yes, after Poirier fell to Conor McGregor in the opening round at UFC 178 last September, the American Top Team fighter decided it was time to make the move back to 155. Poirier relayed that cutting to 145 was too hard on his body, and as a result, it was hurting his performance. In a recent interview with FOX Sports.com, the 26 year-old repeated that dropping to featherweight “really affected me.”
So, how doe Poirier feel as his scrap with Carlos Ferreira nears? Well, here is what “The Diamond Cutter” had to say in the aforementioned interview, about how things are going as a lightweight:
“There’s probably 10- or 15-pound difference from the weight. Being where I’m at now is closer to my natural body weight, so it’s not as much of a struggle,” Poirier said. “Before I was already hurting to get down into the 160s just to get to 145, and I still had a lot of weight to go. Right now I’m going to show up fight week and cut 13 or 15 pounds, but I’m happy and healthy, so it’s a different 15 pounds.”
“I feel better. Everybody in camp thinks I’m stronger, faster and I have more power,” Poirier said. “It’s all good. I probably should have been fighting at 155 for a long time, but I was so close to the top at 145. Me and my coaches knew this was going to happen to make the switch. After my last fight, we sat down and said it’s probably time now.”
Due to how good Poirier is reportedly feeling, the 16-4 fighter also conceded his time competing at featherweight is probably over. Poirier noted that it will be tough, having to work his way up the lightweight ranks, but he believes he’ll be able to fight more often, since he won’t have to spend so much time cutting weight.
It’s going to be interesting to see how Poirier performs, and how he does against Ferreira. The latter’s only loss to date came against Beneil Dariush, who has certainly impressed in recent outings.
UFC FN 63 will be hosted by the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virgnia.