Dustin Poirier Says a Win Over Cub Swanson Could Put Him in Title Contention
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.08.2013
He's not pushing for it though...
Dustin Poirier recently spoke about his fight with Cub Swanson at UFC on FUEL TV 7 and more. Check out the highlights:
On a potential title shot if he wins: "The truth is, if I go out there and beat Cub Swanson, I'll be right there at the title if not maybe one more fight away. If the UFC would call me and want me to fight for the title, that's what I would do."
On switching from Gladiators Academy to American Top Team: "It was tough to move, and not only because of the guys in the gym but because of family and friends back home – being familiar with an area and growing up somewhere. But it was the right decision for me to move forward in my career. I need to be around good guys, better guys, that can push me every day. It was a tough decision, but it had to be done. I told my wife, and of course she doesn't want to leave everybody and all that, too, but she asked me if this is what I thought would help me out, and my goal is to the best fighter, to be a world champion. She knows that I'm chasing that dream very strongly, and I'd do anything, and she saw I was serious about making the move, so she was all for it."
On moving to Florida for ATT: "I've been here a couple months now, and I haven't really been able to enjoy myself that much. It seems like since I've been here, I've just been working."
On his win over Johnathon Brookins: "I thought that to finish the fight, my execution was good, but I think I came out a little bit over-aggressive and made a couple of mistakes on the feet, which shouldn't have happened. But I'm learning from every fight, and I'm happy with my performance. You'll see a little bit more this time. The guys over at American Top Team are awesome. I feel like I'm learning every day. There are great coaches and great training partners. I'm getting pushed every single day. There's no days where I go in the gym and go back home fresh. I'm in there working hard and being pushed by some really good guys."
On Swanson: "I think he's a dangerous fighter. He has great skills standing and on the ground. But I also think that he makes mistakes, and he can be beaten. Those kind of fights, like Cub Swanson, are the kinds of fights that really excite me. He doesn't come to try and outpoint his opponent. He comes to try and finish his opponent. He's a fun fighter to watch, and I feel like it's going to be an awesome fight. That helped me make my decision to take the fight. We're going to get in there, and we're going to beat the crap out of each other."
On not being overeager for a title shot: "I'm fighting good guys, and I'm getting better every day, and I feel like I'm still pretty young. I have a lot of fights left in me, so when it's my time, I'll be ready. If people are forgetting about me, that's pretty stupid. I feel like I'm a dangerous fight for anybody, and I'm going to show that next Saturday. I feel like I'd be ready for a title shot if it came along."