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Dustin Poirier Explains Why He Wants a Title Shot

April 15, 2018 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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Speaking to reporters in a post-fight media scrum after UFC on FOX 29 (via MMAjunkie), UFC lightweight fighter Dustin Poirier discussed his main event win over Justin Gaethje.

UFC on FOX 29 was held last night at the Gila Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The fight was broadcast live on FOX. Prelims were shown on FOX and UFC Fight Pass. You can check out 411’s full recap and results from the event RIGHT HERE. Below are some highlights from the press scrum.

Poirier on the damage from the leg kicks: “It hurts. I got hit with a couple of leg kicks I didn’t want to get hit with. More than a couple.”

Dustin Poirier on wanting to fight for the title: “I want to fight for gold, man. I’m not chasing rematches with Conor (McGregor), or rematches with Eddie (Alvarez). That’s not my goal. My goal isn’t to get even with these guys. My goal is to prosper and be a world champion and make money and retire and say, ‘I did it.’ I just want to go to sleep with that belt around my waist one night and tell my wife, ‘I did it.’ Years and years ago, in 2006, I didn’t have a car, and (my wife) would drive me to weigh-ins. We would sleep in broken-down motels and fight the next day, just me and her. I just want to say, ‘I did it,’ man.”

His thoughts on the fight: “That’s what you came to see, right? You bought a ticket to see a fight, and we just left it all out there. We had a desert shootout, and one man was standing when the smoke cleared.”