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Dustin Poirier Says He Can’t Get Over His Loss to Chan Sung Jung

December 17, 2012 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Dustin Poirier recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his win over Jonathan Brookins at the TUF 16 Finale and more. Check out the highlights:

On losing to Chan Sung Jung at UFC on FUEL TV 3: “I’m never going to be over that loss. Every time I step in the cage and they show my record, one of my losses is to him. And it hurts to have that. I’ll never get that back. But I’m growing from it. It was a fight where I learned a lot and I’m going to keep getting better, put another win streak together and climb my way back.”

On being surprised with how his fight with Brookins played out: “We came out banging, and it was fast-paced from the start. But after a couple minutes, I found my range and I think it was going to be really hard for him to keep throwing punches with me for 15 minutes, and I think it showed. He started fading a little bit. I was prepared for everything that happened in that fight. I went into there thinking I was going to hit him with some big shots and hurt him and finish him on the feet. But I’m a mixed martial artist and I train everything. If there’s an opening, I’m going to finish the fight, and that’s what happened.”

On training with American Top Team: “In my training camp at American Top Team, we worked at getting my back off the fence and not clinching with him because he has a really good lateral drop. I’ve been a purple belt for a while, and now that I’m at American Top Team, I’m surrounded by so many black belts on the mat at all times, so many great jiu-jitsu guys. You’ve got to protect your neck over there.”

On wanting to get a rematch against Jung: “That fight, in the back, I felt something I’d never felt before. I just wanted to get it over with. I felt a lot of pressure for some reason. I felt really weird, and usually I’m anxious to get in there and perform. I want to showcase my skills. That fight, I just wanted to get in there and get out of there, and I think it showed. But if we fought again, I definitely think I can win that fight. He’s young, I’m young, and we’re on a collision course. We’re going to fight again, there’s no doubt about that…I’m excited to find out who I’m fighting next and start up another camp. Whenever they call, I’ll go to work. Whoever they want me to fight, I’ll fight. But I’m always down to fight ‘The Korean Zombie’ again. I’m not saying I want that fight next, but whenever they want an exciting fight to happen, they can book that fight.”

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