Dustin Poirier had a short night of work at UFC 168, stopping Diego Brandao by TKO at the 4:54 mark of the first round. The victory put his overall record at 15-3, but did nothing to salve a wound that has been bothering him since February 16 of this year. That open wound is his loss to Cub Swanson.
The victory over Brandao did not change Poirier's standing in the UFC's featherweight division. Poirier remains in the same position he was in before the fight, ranked at No. 6 at 145 pounds. The two fighters ranked immediately ahead of Poirier are Chan Sung Jung and Swanson, the only two fighters to defeat Poirier since he made his UFC debut in January 2011.
Following his win over Brandao, Poirier addressed those losses, saying at the post-fight press conference, "Korean Zombie beat me, and I was prepared that night. He beat me, he beat me that night.
My other loss is to Cub Swanson. I took that fight on short notice. I cut 30 pounds that week, flew to London, and never felt the feeling I had the night of that fight ever before in my life. It was just a bad feeling. I felt like I shouldn't have been going out there and fighting, and I would like a rematch with Cub Swanson.
I think I deserve to be 100 percent and fight him, but we'll see what happens. I'm going to get back in the gym, and whatever the UFC wants."
Swanson (15-5) is in the midst of a five-fight unbeaten streak, earning three Fight Night Bonuses during the course of that run. His last win, a third round TKO victory over Dennis Siver at UFC 162 earned Fight of the Night honors.
Swanson is currently on the mend after having bone fragments removed from his elbow. He is setting his sights on a return to the Octagon in February or March, which may make a bout against Poirier difficult since Poirier just received a pretty lengthy medical suspension following UFC 168. Poirier could be out for up to six months, and has a minimum suspension that will run through January 27 with no contact until January 18.
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