UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier was pleased with his performance against Justin Gaethje at UFC on FOX 29, but says he still has plenty to work on.
“I’m proud of myself, I made a couple of mistakes in there, but I stuck to the game-plan and used my jab and used my footwork,” Poirier told reporters at the event’s post-fight press conference.
However, Poirier said his body took far too much punishment against No. 6-ranked Gaethje who landed a number of hard inside leg kicks that visibly affected his movement.
“My leg’s pretty busted up,” Poirier said. “I got hit with a couple of leg kicks that I didn’t want to get hit with, more than a couple, but I’m growing and I’m still learning and I felt like I fought a good fight,” he says.
Poirier says he knew that Gaethje would throw a lot of leg kicks after watching his previous fights. “The Diamond” said he had developed a strategy to counter them.
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