Dustin Poirier delivered a strong performance against an overweight Diego Brandao at UFC 168 from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, this past weekend (Sat., Dec. 28, 2013) to earn an impressive technical knockout victory.
Whether it was the smack talk during the lead-up to the bout that got "Diamond" rolling or the fact that Brandao came in nearly eight pounds over the mark, the Featherweight contender brought the ruckus.
During Saturday's UFC 168 post-fight presser (watch full replay here), Poirier attempted to call his next mixed martial arts (MMA) shot, a rematch against top division contender, Cub Swanson.
"I feel like I deserve to be 100 percent and fight him."
The 24-year-old alludes to the bout he took on short notice against Swanson at UFC on Fuel TV 7 back in Feb. 2013. In an interview with UFC.com, Poirier called his loss to Swanson far worse than his defeat at the hands of 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 30 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."