The bout earned Fight of the Night honors, and Poirier, who got the better of the exchanges and opened up a nasty cut on Pettis’ forehead, is still washing off his opponent’s blood in the shower, according to a recent interview he did with TMZ Sports.
“From this last one my hair was matted with blood," Poirier said, per MMA Mania’s Ryan Harkness. "Yeah, I took a shower. The crazy thing was the shower tile was white on the ground, so as soon as I got in there I could see how much blood was really pouring off of me. I mean my back, my shins, everything was covered.”
“I’m still cleaning blood out of my ears right now, you know. Like, today. For sure, man. With an ear like this? They got some crevices in there that probably still have a few drops.”
Poirier, who looked to have broke Pettis when he transitioned to a dominant position in the third round, lives for the back-and-forth, bloody battles in the Octagon and wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I’ve been in a few of these fights in my career and while it’s happening you just know," Poirier continued. "I like it. I hear the crowd, I smell the blood, I know my eye is swollen. I know we’re both damaged, and we’re both fighting off of will. It’s fun. I look forward to that. That’s fighting to me."
‘The Diamond’ earned the biggest win of his career at UFC Norfolk, beating a former UFC lightweight champion in Pettis, and moved up to No. 7 in the official UFC rankings.