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UAE: 'I just let myself down' - Teary-eyed Poirier after loss to Khabib

United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi
September 08, 2019 at 01:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ultimate Championship Fighting (UFC) fighter Dustin Poirier was visibly emotional while speaking to the press in Abu Dhabi in the early hours of Sunday morning, hours after being defeated by UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Poirier recalled why he made certain moves over others, and explained why he had issues overcoming Khabib, saying "I know I sound like I have a lot of excuses, but I was just so prepared for tonight, you know, this one really hurts."

"I wanted to leave tonight the world champ, and I just let myself down man," he added.

Nurmagomedov then took to the stage, where he praised Poirier as "one of the best in the world," and added that "it was a great match."

The Lightweight Champ then said "even if you are 28-0, 12-0 in UFC, you are one of the biggest stars, you smash everybody, people are going to talk about 'you have to fight with him, you have to fight with him, you have to fight with him,' give me just respect. Put me on number one pound-for-pound fight next week, because I think I deserve this, because I dominate, you know, with all of my opponents, I am undefeated."

Nurmagomedov continued his undefeated MMA streak by defeating Poirier, and his record now stands at 28 wins with zero loses.

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Ultimate Championship Fighting (UFC) fighter Dustin Poirier was visibly emotional while speaking to the press in Abu Dhabi in the early hours of Sunday morning, hours after being defeated by UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Poirier recalled why he made certain moves over others, and explained why he had issues overcoming Khabib, saying "I know I sound like I have a lot of excuses, but I was just so prepared for tonight, you know, this one really hurts."

"I wanted to leave tonight the world champ, and I just let myself down man," he added.

Nurmagomedov then took to the stage, where he praised Poirier as "one of the best in the world," and added that "it was a great match."

The Lightweight Champ then said "even if you are 28-0, 12-0 in UFC, you are one of the biggest stars, you smash everybody, people are going to talk about 'you have to fight with him, you have to fight with him, you have to fight with him,' give me just respect. Put me on number one pound-for-pound fight next week, because I think I deserve this, because I dominate, you know, with all of my opponents, I am undefeated."

Nurmagomedov continued his undefeated MMA streak by defeating Poirier, and his record now stands at 28 wins with zero loses.

W/S UFC Fighter Dustin Poirier arriving to presser, Abu Dhabi

SOT Dustin Poirier, UFC Fighter: "Wonder why I didn't jump full guard with it, I just threw one leg over so he couldn't pass to take the choke off. I should have jumped full guard. I don't know why I went, I shouldn't have crossed the stomach with the right leg or whatever I had, butterfly with it, I should have gone full guard so he couldn't roll out, relieve the pressure. When I hurt him, maybe in the back of my head the take down was, I felt like I couldn't get anything going with my stand up. He is very awkward, he dips his head and throws uppercuts, we never got into an orthodox kick boxing or boxing exchange on the feet. It was all one punch at a time, or him dipping and throwing a knee, or him dipping and throwing an uppercut. I didn't get a rhythm, I felt like the way he was pulling back it was hard for me to set up my combinations and get into a rhythm, you know, I know I sound like I have a lot of excuses but, I was just so prepared for tonight, you know, this one really hurts."

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SOT Dustin Poirier, UFC Fighter: "You know, it's great because it's going to help a lot of people. We are building a water well in Uganda, so, I am sure with the memorabilia sold we are going to reach the goal and build a solar-powered water well with the tower for the Pygmy people and the orphanage and the school in Uganda so I am proud of that you know. I wanted to leave tonight the world champ, and I just let myself down man. But I appreciate them, you know, helping out the charity, it's been growing, and I am very grateful for that."

W/S UFC Fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov arriving at presser

SOT Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC fighter: "You know guys, Dustin Poirier is one of the best in the world. He is not just champion in state or champion [of] country, he is one of the best in the world. Of course I expect it's going to be a tough match, it's going to be a tough opponent, and it was a great match, I think."

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SOT Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC Fighter: "I hope, you know, what is interesting in this sport, even if you are 28-0, 12-0 in UFC, you are one of the biggest stars, you smash everybody, people are going to talk about 'you have to fight with him, you have to fight with him, you have to fight with him,' give me just respect. Put me on number one pound-for-pound fight next week, because I think I deserve this, because I dominate, you know, with all of my opponents, I am undefeated, and I think I deserve some respect."

W/S Nurmagomedov at presser

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M/S Nurmagomedov leaving stage

C/U Nurmagomedov with championship belt

W/S End of presser

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