After an insane performance at UFC 268 over Michael Chandler, Justin Gaethje has stayed busy. Speaking with Damon Martin of MMAFighting, Gaethje talked about a number of things, including his thoughts on the lightweight title situation and his beliefs about Dustin Poirier.
“…I know for a fact when Dustin Poirier has to step in there with me again, he is going to remember that night (of their first fight) and constantly be analyzing that night. He was not taking pictures, he was probably in the most pain of his f**king life,” Gaethje said. And this wouldn’t be all of Gaethje’s comments, he would continue:
“…If he beats Charles Oliveira, I don’t know if he fights me. I think he just walks away… If Dustin Poirier wins, I think I’m gonna have to really entice him to get in there.”
Appearing on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Poirier would have the chance to respond to Gaethje’s comments after Helwani replayed the clip for “The Diamond”.
“‘If he wins he might walk away?’ What is that all about? That doesn’t sound very ‘Dustin Poirier like’,” Helwani would prod.
“Nah man,” Poirier responds. “I’m a fighter. I’m fortunate enough now with this year that I’ve had, I could walk away. It’s a great position to be in. But these guys need ass-whoopings and I’m the guy to give it to them.”
“The Diamond” would go on to talk about how it wasn’t the bad night Gaethje talked about. “… I had a great night that night… Might’ve had a limp, but I was back at the big Air-BNB and we did like a house party. I was drinking Modelos and I was fine.”
“So when you hear him say that, what are you thinking? What’s your takeaway?” Helwani asked.
“He doesn’t have any memory, like you said, of going back and looking at the fight because I knocked him out. It’s probably kinda cloudy, ya know? I remember that night… It was a great night,” Dustin Poirier said.
After that, Poirier would go on to talk about his ambitions, including how he would “love to box,” in the future, and also fight Nate Diaz If the opportunity were to ever present itself.
“The Diamond” is set to challenge for the lightweight title for the second time in his career. He faces the champion, Charles Oliveira, at UFC 269 on December 11th. It’s also noteworthy to clarify that when Poirier and Gaethje first met it was almost four years ago, on April 14th, 2018, at UFC on Fox 29. “The Diamond” would emerge from the cage victorious after a complete war with Gaethje that ended with Poirier knocking him out in the fourth round.
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