Dustin Poirier is a happy man these days.
Why shouldn’t he be? No longer is he starving himself.
Funny what a few carbohydrates will do for your outlook. Better, too, for the people who have to live with you.
“My wife doesn’t have to see me every day aggravated about being hungry,” Poirier told MMAjunkie. “That kind of stuff gets to you after weeks and weeks of dieting crazy hard. You just get aggravated all the time.”
It used to be that Poirier couldn’t eat after training. The week of his fights were the worst. A weight cut and dehydration were all there was to look forward to as a featherweight.
While it may not have been Poirier’s choice to get knocked out by Conor McGregor this past September, the outcome lead to another – the choice he now feels was the best one for his life: A move to the lightweight division.
After his first trip up to 155 pounds ended in a first-round knockout win, Poirier (17-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC) is enjoying life more than ever as he heads toward his second trip, a meeting with Yancy Medeiros (11-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 68. The event takes place in Poirier’s backyard of New Orleans at Smoothie King Center. Main-card fights air live on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
LINK to full article: Dustin Poirier: ‘I think I can beat everybody in the lightweight division’ | MMAjunkie
Most MMA champions want to go on last. They're the best in the world in their division, and one of the top fighters overall. Their bouts are generally the most prestigious and important on any card. So it came as a bit of a surprise that UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson told UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani that he wanted his next bout to be in the co-main event slot, not the main event.
But there's a reason for that. An asterisk, if you will.
Johnson would like to defend his title at UFC 191 in September, preferably under a UFC middleweight title bout between Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold.
So in this case, it may very well be that Johnson (22-2-1, 10-1-1 UFC) is just trying to get himself onto a big card. The six-time defending champ has unfortunately been put into main event spots that fans haven't gotten behind despite his status as one of the best in the sport. UFC 174 and UFC 186 didn't do that well in terms of PPV sales, so it's not much of a surprise that Johnson would like to get on a card that's going to do big numbers at the gate and on PPV.
LINK to full article: Demetrious Johnson wants next title defense to be a co-main event - Bloody Elbow
UFC President Dana White joined the crew of UFC Tonight, to announce Chris Weidman will face Luke Rockhold next for the Middleweight Championship. The date and venue are to be determined. Weidman is coming off a KO victory of Vitor Belfort at UFC 187. Rockhold dispatched of Lyoto Machida on the UFC on FOX 15 card in April. White had previously stated that Jacare Souza could be next for Weidman.
In an interview with UFC Tonight, UFC President Dana White announced that Daniel Cormier will face Alexander Gustafsson next for the LHW Championship. A date and venue are yet to be determined. This will be Cormier's first title defense, since beating Anthony Johnson at UFC 187. His opponent, Alexander Gustafsson is coming of a first round KO loss to the man that Cormier just defeated.
A lightweight bout between Michael Johnson (16-8 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Beneil Dariush (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) is the latest addition to August’s UFC Fight Night 74 lineup.
UFC officials today announced the fight via FOXSports.com.
UFC Fight Night 74 takes place Aug. 8 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The card is expected to air on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Johnson vs. Dariush, which features the No. 10- and No. 15-ranked fighters in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, will likely be part of the main card.
Johnson, a 29-year-old who first joined the UFC after a runner-up finish on “The Ultimate Fighter 12,” has moved into title contention with his current four-fight winning streak. The victories have come over a string of notables and proven vets: Edson Barboza, Melvin Guillard, Gleison Tibau and Joe Lauzon.
Continued at: Michael Johnson vs. Beneil Dariush slated for UFC Fight Night 74 in Nashville | MMAjunkie
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