“He’s an enemy. He’s the enemy and I have fifteen minutes to finish him. And I’m going to give him plenty of ways out. I am the better fighter. My skills are more polished every time I step into the cage, and I’m excited to show the world my growth, put another win between me and that Cub Swanson loss, and work my way up.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)
“I want to avenge all my losses but I want Swanson way more than (Chan Sung Jung). With the Zombie, I was 100 percent prepared for that fight. I had a great camp. I was as prepared as my resources at the time could have prepared me, and he beat me. I showed up to fight that night and he actually beat me. But with Cub I beat myself. I took the fight on short notice. I cut thirty pounds in a week. That was a low point because I was living in Florida and my wife was still in Louisiana and I was driving myself crazy being alone. I took the fight because I got the call and I’m a fighter, but Cub Swanson didn’t beat me that night, I beat myself.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports)
“I look at it as he’s in my way. I have faced the tougher competition in the UFC and I have more fights than him in the UFC. The level of competition I’ve faced is higher. I have more wins than he does in the UFC. I’m really confident going into this fight. It would be good to start another win streak and start 2014 on the right root. Getting my seventh win in the UFC featherweight division is my ticket to fighting for a belt in 2014.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
“It’s still cool to run into people who say ‘I saw Fightville.’ I was still an amateur when they filmed it so long ago but people are just seeing it now and it’s fresh for them, but it doesn’t add any pressure. I’m still just working really hard and I’m happy that people who watch the documentary get to see that I had a good work ethic even back then. Now that I’m a professional fighter and I’m with other pros day in and day out, that work ethic has only gotten stronger. There’s no pressure from the film that I don’t already put on myself. This camp has been nothing but good vibrations for me.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Josh Holmberg-USA TODAY Sports)
“I go to the gym and these are my friends, but I don’t know anyone in South Florida, I don’t have any friends. I’ve been hanging out with my wife since middle school, and she thinks I’m the best fighter in the world. Having my wife with me is great because she is my best friend. I’m with her every day, I talk with her every day. She helps me relax so I’m not just thinking about fighting 24 hours a day, every day. I drove myself crazy before the Swanson fight without her.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)
“It gives guys like me a chance to get a win over a legend, so I’m good with everyone cutting down to featherweight. Come on down.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)
UFC featherweight Dustin Poirier has three losses on his record but only one that truly irks him. This past February, Poirier stepped up to the plate to face Cub Swanson as a replacement with less than a month to prepare. The 24-year old was beaten badly and is still bothered by the loss. Earning an eventual shot at redemption is one of the many factors motivating “The Diamond” entering his December 28 tilt against Diego Brandao at . Poirier spoke to UFC 168 UFC.com about the challenge at hand, the fight he wants, an added bonus to his training camp, and much more.