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Dustin Poirier: I’d be ‘broke and brain dead’ if I made decisions based on fans

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Dustin Poirier has taken some heat from fans and even his fighter peers for not accepting a last-minute opponent over the weekend. But he’s standing by his decision — and he maintains that it was the right one.

Poirier’s original foe Joseph Duffy sustained a concussion just three days before the two men were supposed to meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night 76 on Saturday in Dublin, Ireland. In Duffy’s place, the UFC offered Poirier a fight with Norman Parke, who was supposed to face Reza Madadi on the card. Poirier turned it down.

“If I would have thought like fans think, I’d be broke and brain dead and fighting everybody every weekend,” Poirier told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “Hey, I’m a prizefighter and the prize wasn’t right. So we came back home and we’ll see what happens next. It’s that simple. I was there to hold up my end of the bargain. Norman Parke was there trying to save his career.”

The negativity from fans didn’t really bother Poirier. However, hearing it from his fellow fighters was kind of a blow and surprise.

“It does piss me off,” he said. ….View original article

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