“I’m fired up, man. Right now when you asked me the question I’m jumpy. I’m ready to go. I’m very excited for this fight and it’s a big opportunity for my career. I think I’ve been doing very well and I have so much more to show inside the Octagon with my skills. I’m looking forward to putting on the greatest performance of my career and with the UFC in this fight.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports) “He’s a very tough kid. He is very balanced with his skills. I’ve been looking for a fight like this against a guy with good skills and who has a good name. I’ve been watching his fights every night. I’ve been watching him over and over and over again to get familiar with his style. I’m excited to fight him because he puts it all out there. I’m really proud of myself for being able to get a fight like this and the opportunity it will bring me. I want to thank Joe Silva and Sean Shelby for giving me the opportunity and I’m going to put on a great performance against Dustin Poirier.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports) “I know he’s going to be coming at me. I know he’s going to stuff takedowns and I’m so ready for this fight. I just think this is my time right now. I did very well on The Ultimate Fighter and I have been working hard to reach a higher level. I know he’s coming in to fight and I’m going to be bringing right to him as well. The big difference in this fight I believe is going to be my jiu-jitsu. I’m going to be aggressive on the ground and with my striking too. I cannot wait for this fight and it’s going to be a great card. I’m going to present myself very well in this fight.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports) “I absolutely think my power and my skills on the ground will make the difference in this fight. He has more Octagon experience than I do, but I have more fighting experience overall. I also have more experience in the ground game and that will be a strength for me in this fight. I believe my jiu-jitsu is very strong and I believe in it very much.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports) “I’m going to be the same kind of fighter I’ve always been in this fight. I’m going to be the guy who comes out aggressive and gets the win. I’m going to put on a show. Some times in the past I’ve come out too hard and gassed myself out, but that won’t happen in this fight. I’m going to use my game plan to defeat his game plan. We are going to put on a great show for the fans. I don’t know what he’s bringing for me, but I guarantee I’m going to bring it hard to him. I’m bringing power in my punches and my jiu-jitsu skills. I can finish the fight anywhere, whether it’s standing or on the ground. Dustin has shown he can do the same and that is what is going to make this fight very good.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)
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certainly doesn’t feature featherweights UFC 168 Diego Brandao (18-8) and Dustin Poirier (14-3) but you better believe fans will be well-acquainted with both by the time the curtain closes. The two twenty-somethings already have a handful of brilliant performances under their belt, exhibiting the sort of skill earning reputations for each as exciting, aggressive competitors worth watching. Brandao recently spoke to UFC.com about his December 28 tilt with Poirier where he labeled to bout as the biggest of his career and promised a high dose of entertainment.