“It hurts,” was the way Poirier (23-5 MMA, 15-4 UFC) described the feeling of clashing with Gaethje (18-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) for three-plus rounds before a concussive fourth-round finish. “I got hit with a couple of leg kicks I didn’t want to get hit with. More than a couple.”
Poirier, the No. 9-ranked fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, could hardly bend his right leg after taking dozens of kicks from Gaethje. His left eye was a red mess and felt, he said, like it had been turned inside out. Still, he planned to get back into the gym after one week of vacation with his family.
With a title shot potentially beckoning, Poirier doesn’t want to back off now. He’s ready to answer whenever the UFC calls him with an offer to face champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was among Article source: http://mmajunkie.com/2018/04/dustin-poirier-explains-why-title-shot-so-meaningful-after-ufc-on-fox-29
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