Jonathan BrookinsUFC featherweight Dustin Poirier’s plans for a title-shot were derailed this past May when he ran into fellow contender Chan Sung Jung and suffered a fairly lopsided loss. The defeat forced Poirier to reevaluate his training, inspiring him to pack his bags and head to Florida to join American Top Team.

With a bout this weekend against Jonathan Brookins (13-5), Poirier knows he has a chance to show off his new skills in a way that will erase the memory of his submission stumble against Jung and plans to capitalize on it.

“This is going to sound cheesy, but this is my passion. Every day I wake up and try to better myself. All day, every day, everything I do is to be a better fighter. This is my job, my hobby; this is everything to me,” explained Poirier in an interview with the UFC’s website. “Winning another fight means everything for me, and I feel like I’m going to go in there and make a statement.”

“I have a bunch of amateur fights and 14 pro fights, and I’ve never lost two fights in a row in my life. I can’t even picture myself losing another fight,” he continued. “I’m trying to stay relevant, and I’m trying to be a name people want to see fight – someone the UFC puts on main cards. I’m trying to provide for me and my wife, and the only way to do that is to win fights.”

Poirier didn’t shy away from making a prediction either, showing a level of ferocity previously unseen from the typically soft-spoken 23-year old.

“The ref is going to be ripping me off of him. I’m going to hurt him with hard shots, he’s going to cover up, and the ref is going to be pulling me off of him. I’m coming to defeat Jonathan Brookins by any means necessary,” the 12-2 Poirier coldly concluded.

Fans can catch Brookins-Poirier on the main card of Saturday night’s Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale on FX.