Dustin Poirier was in the corner of AJ Fletcher for his debut bout in the UFC against Matthew Semelsberger, coaching him and giving pointers through the rounds. AJ stole the show in September last year on Dana White’s contender series 37. Fletcher punched his ticket to the UFC with a spectacular flying knee knockout of Leonardo Damiani.
AJ lost the bout because of a split decision but managed to take the fight to the ground early with a strong double leg takedown and then navigated his way to mount. The other two rounds were mostly in Matthew’s favor as he held the top position landing quite some ground and pound.
Dustin advised AJ to land more calf kicks as he noticed Matthew have been heavier on the front foot, to which he also added that there would be counters which he wanted him to capitalize on. Before getting his shot in the UFC, Fletcher enjoyed brief and successful stints in smaller promotions such as Atlas and Fury FC. He won his MMA debut at Friction FC 4.
Dustin Poirier responds to Colby’s callout; says he’s excited to fight Nate next
Dustin Poirier thought it was ‘Cute’ and also that it seemed mostly like a publicity stunt as always, especially with Colby and opens up about what he thinks about the call out and the ‘Trash talking’ going on in the sport. Dustin was not just called out but Colby did slip in an insult about his daughter and wife too.
Poirier said, “No. I’ll never fight [Colby Covington] in an octagon where there’s finances on the line. If I’m fighting Colby, we’re both going to jail. I’m going to jail…This is something different, you know. You will never see me fight Colby Covington in the UFC.”
Dustin said that he had been seeing Nick Diaz fight from his early days in the sport and adds that it would be exciting for him and the fans watching to fight his brother. “Nate Diaz is a fight I want,” Poirier said. The duo [Nate and Dustin] have been going back and forth on Twitter for quite some time now and it seems sensible too. The UFC isn’t very sure about that since McGregor wants Nate too, Sometime in the near future] to complete the trilogy fight. Will Nate and Dustin fight on the next card? Time will tell.