There was a little bit of bad blood between featherweights Dustin Poirier (15-3) and Diego Brandao (18-9) heading into their matchup at UFC 168.
Most people thought it was because Brandao missed weight by eight pounds, but Poirier revealed to Ariel Helwani that besides the weight mishap, there was more tension boiling under the lid.
Here’s a portion of Poirier’s interview with Helwani from MMA Mania where the young fighter talks about the tensions leading up to his UFC 168 bout:
“Him missing weight kind of sucks cause I busted my butt, man. I didn’t to eat anything on Thanksgiving or Christmas, I sacrificed a lot. It’s hard for me to make 145, so it takes months of preparation and I don’t cheat at all,” said Poirier. “So for him to come in overweight makes me mad.”
“But everyone has it confused. I wasn’t mad at weigh ins because he missed weight. I was like “aw well, at least we still get to fight,” the featherweight continued. “I was mad because he told me he was going to stab me in the neck before we walked on stage. That’s why I was so pissed off. They had to break us up in the back.”
“He comes up to me and goes ‘you look at me again…’ because I guess I stared at him? I don’t know. We’re fighting, man. But he comes up to me and goes “you look at me again, I swear…’ and then he backs up and then came back and said ‘I’m gonna stab you in the neck and then what?’ I was 100% motivated but I don’t want to get stabbed in the neck.”
Well, for those of our readers who didn’t watch the fight, Brendao didn’t end up stabbing Poirier in the neck. Instead, Poirier knocked him out in the first round. That advanced his UFC record to 7-2, and demotes Brendao’s UFC record to 4-2.
As of yet, there have been no official announcements as to who Poirier’s next opponent will be.