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Dustin Poirier Fueled By Loss, Looks To Bounce Back At TUF 16 Finale

Dustin Poirier knows how close he was to possibly challenging for the UFC featherweight title. Now, Poirier must rebound, as he faces Jonathan Brookins this Saturday night at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.

Poirier (12-2) suffered a second career loss when Chan Sung Jung caught him in a choke earlier this year, snapping a five-fight win streak. The bout was a back-and-forth affair, as “The Diamond” nearly put “The Korean Zombie” away, as well.

“It sucks to have (a second) loss on my record – I can never have that back,” said Poirier, in a recent interview with “It’s another person who defeated me. He conquered me that night. I can never get that back, and that hurts me because I’m a warrior – I want to battle, and I want to win every fight. I want to be a legend.”

Poirier made the difficult decision to leave his home in Louisiana and train with American Top Team in Florida following the defeat. He hopes the decision will keep him from suffering his first career losing streak.

“I’ve never lost two fights in a row (as a pro or amateur),” Poirier said. “I can’t even picture myself losing another fight. I’m trying to stay relevant, and I’m trying to be a name people want to see fight – someone the UFC puts on main cards.”