Since the last few weeks have been dominated by the likes of Jose Aldo, Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey, among others, you might have missed the fact that Dustin Poirier is fighting this weekend at UFC FN 63. Not only that, but the dangerous vet and former featherweight contender will be stepping into the Octagon on Saturday as a lightweight.
Following Poirier’s memorable, stoppage loss to the aforementioned McGregor last September, the ATT fighter decided that the time was right to return to 155. The 26 year-old has said that cutting down to 145 was sapping his energy and strength, and in a recent interview with FOX Sports.com he repeated those sentiments.
So, how is “The Diamond Fighter” enjoying life as a lightweight? As his bout with Carlos Diego Ferreira nears? In the aforementioned interview, here is some of what Poirier had to say about how he’s feeling:
“There’s probably 10- or 15-pound difference from the weight. Being where I’m at now is closer to my natural body weight, so it’s not as much of a struggle,” Poirier said. “Before I was already hurting to get down into the 160s just to get to 145, and I still had a lot of weight to go. Right now I’m going to show up fight week and cut 13 or 15 pounds, but I’m happy and healthy, so it’s a different 15 pounds.”
“I feel better. Everybody in camp thinks I’m stronger, faster and I have more power,” Poirier said. “It’s all good. I probably should have been fighting at 155 for a long time, but I was so close to the top at 145. Me and my coaches knew this was going to happen to make the switch. After my last fight, we sat down and said it’s probably time now.”
Poirier went on to say that he believes his run at 145 “is done”, and while that means he has to work his way up the 155 ranks, he believes he’ll be able to fight more often as a lightweight.
It will certainly be interesting to see how Poirier performs at UFC FN 63. While Ferreira isn’t a household name in MMA, the Brazilian won his first two UFC bouts, before he was decisioned by Beneil Dariush in October. Dariush is no joke. As evidenced by his 4-1 record in the Octagon.
UFC FN 63 will be hosted by the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia. In the main event, Ricardo Lamas will take on fellow, featherweight contender, Chad Mendes.