Having competed at each featherweight and light-weight himself, Poirier (28-6 MMA, 20-5 UFC) sees loads of similarities between his path and Oliveira’s (31-8 MMA, 19-8 UFC) and has nothing however respect for the champion as he gears as much as problem him for the title.
“He’s not only a man within the division that occurs to have the belt,” Poirier advised MMA Junkie and different reporters on the UFC 264 post-fight information convention. “He’s a man who’s picked himself up off the canvas time and time once more, fought via adversity via two weight lessons (and) been within the UFC a decade. He’s not only a man with the belt. He’s earned each ounce of gold he has round his waist, and I’ve nothing however respect for guys like that.
“I don’t know him personally, however his work historical past – I can’t hate on something he’s achieved. It’s unimaginable. That’s harder to do than to go undefeated. You by no means be taught issues about your self. You be taught issues about your self in these losses and climbing again to the highest and getting motivated once more. That’s if you discover out you’re an actual fighter. I’m not saying these undefeated guys aren’t, however I’ve respect for someone who’s climbed again up and received a world championship.”
Poirier cemented his No. 1 contender spot when he defeated Conor McGregor for the second straight time at UFC 264 on Saturday. Although the title shot is undoubtedly subsequent, Poirier needs to take a while off earlier than leaping into one other coaching camp.
“I have to go house and decompress,” Poirier mentioned. “I don’t know the schedule for the UFC, what they’re planning on doing on the finish of the yr. I do know somebody advised me earlier that Charles wished to battle me in December, so we’ll see. We’ll determine all the pieces out. I simply need to get house to my household.”