Dustin Poirier is no stranger to engaging in all-out brawls which have caused plenty of blood to be spilled onto the Octagon floor. It’s a hazard of the job when your tendency is to stand-and-bang while giving fight fans their money’s worth.
As he heads into his headlining bout against Eddie Alvarez at this weekend’s (July 28, 2018) UFC on FOX 30 event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, “Diamond” says he will earn his title shot by any means necessary.
Even if it turns into a bloody mess.
“I’m going to go out there and earn it the hard way: In blood,” Poirier said in a recent interview on The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting). “I’m going to earn my title shot. I’m going to earn this win. I’m going to take everything I want, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen.”
The two men fought to a controversial no contest at UFC 211 last year, and now that their paths have crossed again, Poirier isn’t about to let the chance to fight for a UFC world title slip away.
“For me, in my heart, I believe a win gets me a title shot, so that’s what I’m going into this fight with. They’re all so important, every one is the most important, every next fight is your most important fight, but there’s a lot on the line for me in this fight.”
“It’s been a lot of years to get to this point, to be a step away from a title shot, and here we are. I’m not going to let it slip through my fingers. I’m prepared to do whatever I have to do and go through whatever I have to go through Saturday night to be victorious, and there’s no doubt in my mind I’m going to get my hand raised. That’s just the mindset I’m going into this fight with.”
Alvarez, meanwhile, hopes to get a ticket back to the big dance -- as well as a new UFC deal — with a win over Poirier, as he is headed into the rematch with no contract extension in place (yet).
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