UFC 164 winner Dustin Poirier on trash-talking, potential Cub Swanson rematch
Poirier, who met Koch on the Aug. 31 pay-per-view event's main card at Milwaukee's Bradley Center, still is confused by that notion, though he admits the two WEC veterans eventually mended fences.
"This is what I don't understand, man," Poirier told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio
). "I saw some interviews with him, and he said he's going to beat me up because I'm talking crap and stuff like that. But I don't think I even really talked crap. All I said was that I was going to go into his hometown and beat him up in front of his family or whatever.
"You know, that's true. That's not talking crap. We both planned on going out there and trying to physically hurt one another or submit or beat each other into unconsciousness. How is that talking crap? We're trying to go in there and hurt one another."
For the straight-talking Poirier, who successfully rebounded from a 1-2 skid with the needed win, it's all now in the past. After their bout, which was an early "Fight of the Night" contender and saw Poirier survive a pair of submission attempts, the Louisiana native had a new impression of Koch.
"He was very very humble after the fight, humble in defeat," Poirier said. "As soon as the fight was over, he told me great job. We talked a little bit, and I told him great fight for him and no hard feelings on the talk you thought I was doing. It was all good. He's a very nice guy. I guess I had it my head I thought he was really cocky and arrogant, but after the fight, he seemed like a really nice guy."
"I'll fight whoever – whoever the UFC sends a contract – I'll sign it and send it back, and we'll fight," Poirier said. "But also to be fair, I fought Cub Swanson on short notice when he had a full camp. I had to cut a lot of weight and fight overseas. I just felt like everything – a lot of stuff – was stacked against me in that fight. I would like to do it proper. I'd like to have a full camp and do it the right way and see what happens.
"But I also understand he's put together a great streak. He deserves to be up there at the top, and I'm still climbing my way back. It's whatever the UFC wants, but I like that fight."