Why did Diego Brandao get knocked out at UFC 168?
According to the Brazilian, a dunk driver smashed into his car, hampering his ability to train and cut weight. That worked against him when he fought a "scared" Dustin Poirier last month in Las Vegas, Nevada, as the The Diamond" got "lucky" and squeaked by with a win.
But Poirier (via FOX Sports) won't let those comments take away from his performance.
"I'm done with this guy. He'€™s a win on my record. I'm over it. I'€™d love to give him a rematch. I'll fight him 10 more times. It'€™d be like padding my record. It'€™s easy money. I could beat him all the time. I feel like I was more technically skilled everywhere the fight went. No problem. This is all talk. This is in the past for me. This is him trying to hold on to something and make excuses. The guy'€™s a tomato can. It's nonsense. It'€™s just a coward thing to do, to make excuses. He could have showed up 100 percent, made weight and still gotten a beatdown. I was ready to fight and ready to win. I can'€™t let what he said take away from my performance."
It wasn't the only time Brandao took a shot at his opponent.
Poirier revealed after his UFC 168 win that Brandao threatened to stab him in the neck with a pen, after the two exchanged mean mugs at the "Weidman vs. Silva 2" weigh-in event a few weeks back in "Sin City." While the altercation did not turn physical, it certainly left "The Diamond" with a tarnished view of his fellow featherweight.
Now more than ever.
For more on their UFC 168 war of words (and fists) click here.