UFC featherweight Dustin Poirier showed a ton of promise before getting dismantled by Chan Sung Jung earlier this year. However, the 23-year old didn’t hang his head for too long after the loss, opting to change training camps in order to continue progressing rather than remain at his current level.
Poirier recently discussed his reasons for moving things from the comforts of his hometown to Florida where he now puts in work at American Top Team.
“It was a hard decision, but we were talking about it before my last fight; we knew it was getting to that time. I didn’t have the guys to show up every day and push me, and I needed to be around top-caliber guys. Tim knew that, and I knew that too,” said Poirier in an interview with the UFC. “That’s not saying that the guys at Gladiators aren’t good, but it’s different when you’re training with those guys and then you get in the cage and fight the best guys in the world. You want to be seeing that on a daily basis. That’s what we knew had to happen, and that’s why I moved here.”
The 12-2 Poirier is set to show off his new skills this weekend when he faces Jonathan Brookins at the Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale. The defeat to Jung snapped a five-fight winning streak for “The Diamond” who likely would have earned a title-shot with a victory.