Yancy Medeiros came in several pounds over weight for his scrap with Dustin Poirier last night at UFC Fight Night 68, but according to the latter, the lightweight went out of his way to apologize…literally.
Poirier needed less than three minutes to take out Medeiros on Saturday night, who came in at 159.5 pounds on Friday for the bout. Following the victory, however, Poirier reported the following to the press (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“He came up to my room a couple hours before weigh-ins, him and his camp, and knocked on the door and were like, ‘We’re not going to make it. The last thing I want to do is disrespect you. Thanks for taking the fight,’” Poirier said. “I respect that. He came up personally and talked to me like a man. So it wasn’t a surprise when we stepped on the scale. I knew he was going to miss; I thought he was going to be heavier, actually.”
That’s pretty cool no? Sure, you’d rather see a fighter make the contracted weight, but if you’re not going to make it, then doing what Medeiros did is the way to go.
Poirier went on to say that the weight didn’t play a factor, in terms of his own performance, as he trains with “big guys”. Yes, it certainly didn’t look like Poirier was having difficulties in their last night.
With the win, Poirier has gone 2-0 now since he elected to return to lightweight earlier this year. In April, “The Diamond” stopped Carlos Diego Ferreira in the opening round.
Now it will be interesting to see who the UFC books to face Poirier next. One would think it’s going to be top 15 fighter, maybe even top ten.