Dustin Poirier seems to be gutted after losing against Justin Gaethje in the rematch; Poirier is confident in his abilities as a fighter and believes that he lost the match against Gaethje owing to Gaethje’s smart technique.
Poirier has only got knocked out 3 times in his UFC career, and it will be interesting to see where he heads from here; if he aspires to get a title shot, he will have to fight a few more matches. Dustin Poirier vs Beneil Dariush seems to be the right matchup, as both top contenders recently faced a loss after being on a steady winning streak.
As far as the trilogy is concerned, Poirier and Gaethje may run it back, but it won’t be an immediate trilogy as Gaethje aspires to fight the winner of Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev.
Dustin Poirier’s thoughts on the loss
Recently on The MMA Hour, Dustin Poirier spoke about the tough rematch loss and explained why it turned out to be so disheartening for him.
He then sheds some light on the trilogy match. “I’m just heartbroken,” Poirier said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “It sucks. I worked hard, was in incredible shape, and I got beat. But that’s fighting.
I said that in the post-fight. It sucks, man. It ******* sucks. Especially because — not taking anything away from Justin, he’s a warrior and [did] an incredible job, having to sit on a loss for five years. But it just sucks because I still feel like I’m better than him.
“I feel like I’m the better fighter. I got hit with a great shot — not by luck or chance, he set it up beautifully and I was just a victim to great technique. I was in the wrong place and I didn’t guard myself properly.
Poirier on the trilogy: But I felt very aware the whole fight. I feel like I’m better than him and I lost. That hurts. But that’s fighting and it is what it is. What can I do?” “Yeah, but then I’ll look like I’m chasing ****, and obviously he’s moving on to bigger and better things now, he doesn’t have to fight me, I don’t know.
Of course that would be my No. 1 pick, if I could choose anybody to fight right away”.