Dustin Poirier credits the Conor McGregor TKO (punches) loss at UFC 178 for changing his fighting mentality when he moved up to the UFC lightweight division.
According to Poirier, he felt it was ‘life or death’ earlier in his career but realized he could overcome losses and truly make another run at the championship belt.
“A lot of times in my younger career, I felt like it was life or death. Every comment on Instagram and Twitter, every journalist who said something, I felt like everybody was against me,” Poirier said about losing fights earlier in his career. “I felt like if I lost I would be written off, it’s the end of my career. I’m a bum if I lose this fight. And then you lose a few times and you’re like, ‘Oh [expletive], I can still put this back together. Oh man, I’m still providing for my family. I’m still loving what I do.’ It’s like you’ve been bent but not broken a lot of times and I feel like it made me stronger and it made me the man I am today. I’m happy. I’m genuinely happy.”