Two unsuccessful UFC championship claims have been rude to Dustin Poirier. After his most recent defeat to Charles Oliveira at UFC 269, the Diamond took to the air to see what he wanted to do next.
This can be frustrating for a 32-year-old Lafayette citizen who continues to think about his future and wonders if he has anything to fight for.
Looking in the mirror, I asked myself, “What happens next?” I ask. That’s a big question, ”Poirier said in a recent interview with Teddy Atlas. “What happens to me then? Because if I get out of the picture in the title, will I struggle to get myself back there? Or am I fighting for a salary? Is it because I love to fight?
“This is a big question I have to answer. I’m still, as I said, trying to process everything.
“My life is about war. I have been struggling for 15 years and I have achieved this dream with all my might. I fall asleep thinking, I wake up thinking. I can’t even go on vacation with my family in the sun without thinking that these guys are getting better. I always have a cloud in my mind. ”
Poirier may still be in his best years, but he’s on the bigger side in terms of combat age. Even retiring he is not yet ready to have fun.
“Fighting is what I do,” he said. But if you do it for so long and give him what you have, he will somehow become who you are, ”he said. “I always wanted to separate them and continue to fight like I did. I am something else. I’m a father, an Armenian, that’s all.
“But as I get to the point where I have to make these important decisions, I realize it’s not just something I do. I really struggle.
So to say the word “retire” and think I’m going to never fight again or anything like that, I don’t know how to process it in my brain. It is not true to say this. I just don’t know. ”
In that interview with Atlas, Poirier said he agreed to a “super short-term” fight with UFC superstar Nate Diaz. The two were eligible to fight in UFC 230 in 2018, but Poirier left the tournament due to injury.