The fans in attendance at UFC 164 will likely be biased and cheering for Erik Koch to defeat Dustin Poirier, which should come as no surprise since the pay-per-view comes from Milwaukee, WI. Milwaukee is the very city Koch is fighting out of.
“I’m excited to go out there behind enemy lines and do work,” said Poirier to MMA Mania. “I feel like I’m more prepared than I’ve ever been. I’m in a comfortable place with myself.”
Poirier learned a lesson in his last UFC fight. He met Cub Swanson on four weeks notice and suffered a decision loss as a result. The 13-3 featherweight said he wouldn’t make that mistake again.
Koch was a featherweight No. 1 contender, but an injury caused him to pull out of his championship bout. He had four wins in a row until top contender Ricardo Lamas finished him in January.
UFC 164 comes from the BMO Harris Bradley Center on August 31.