"I was excited for the title fight, but everything was going way too good to actually happen. And then it did. He got hurt. That stuff happens and you have to be ready for it. I never really asked. (The UFC) just said, ‘Hey, do you want to fight this guy (Poirier)?' I said, ‘I don't care, I'll fight anyone.' We thought about it afterward, but you can't pull out of a fight now and say, ‘I only want to fight Aldo.' I think it will be good to get a fight in there and then fight Aldo with some momentum. I'm going to be here for a while. No matter what happens, I'm going to keep fighting and get a shot at the title eventually."
Josh Grispi was all set to make his debut with the world's largest fight promotion at UFC 125 in what was to be a featherweight championship fight against pound-for-pound stalwart Jose Aldo. Then "Junior" compressed his neck and went the safe route and pulled out of the contest. A smart move for the champion but it left Grispi out in the cold and without a fight at the annual New Year's Eve event. The UFC came calling with Dustin Poirier as a replacement and "The Fluke" didn't even need to think about it. Given time to reflect he realizes he may have been better served to wait it out but he still feels strongly that he'll be the guy to welcome Aldo to the big show. Anyone disagree?