Although Dustin Poirier is only one fight removed from fighting at featherweight, it doesn’t sound like “The Diamond” has any intention of competing at that weight again.
Poirier is set to fight Yancy Medeiros at UFC Fight Night 68 on Saturday, which will mark his second fight at lightweight, since he made the jump earlier this year. Following Poirier’s loss to Conor McGregor last September, the veteran fighter decided to end his run at 145, even though he was a top ten ranked fighter at the time.
Well, in April, Poirier impressed in his return to 155, as he knocked out Carlos Diego Ferreira in the opening round. Poirier has said he’s enjoying life much, much more as a lightweight, and recently he told UFC.com the following:
“I used to look at the top ten at ‘45 and say ‘I think I could beat all these guys,’ but the thought of going to ‘45 makes me sick. Now I look at the top ten at ‘55 and I feel the same way, that I can beat all these guys, so I’m going in the right direction. I see some of these guys having fun and not really worrying and they perform great. Up to the Conor fight, I used to put so much on myself, but I’m having fun again. I still have a long way to go in my career, a lot of asses left to whip.”
If Poirier can take out Medeiros on Saturday, then he will be well on his way top a top 15 ranking spot. Medeiros has looked very impressive as of late, as his only losses since 2010 have come against Jim Miller and Rustam Khabilov. The latter defeat was on account of a thumb injury.
Most recently, the Hawaiian fighter has tapped Damon Jackson and Joe Proctor, and Medeiros also KO’d Yves Edwards in 2013 (but that fight was ruled a no contest after Medeiros tested positive for marijuana metabolites).
Poirier-Medeiros could turn out to be one of Saturday’s highlights.
UFC FN 68 will be hosted by the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, and in the main event, Dan Henderson will take on Tim Boetsch.