Dustin Poirier's Response To Talk Of Him Fighting Tony Ferguson Next
Following a nine month lay-off from his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov back at UFC 242 in September, 'The Diamond' edged out Dan Hooker in a brutal five-round slugfest that many are calling 'Fight of the Year'.
Poirier lost the first two rounds to New Zealand fighter Hooker but came back strong by winning the final three to take a unanimous decision victory - with the judges scoring the contest 48-47, 48-47 and 48-46 in his favour.
Ariel Helwani speculated on the possibility of having a mouthwatering bout between Poirier and Ferguson in the lightweight division but Poirier just wants some rest after such a gruelling encounter.
The comment might have been in jest but Poirier is not in any rush to return to the Octagon anytime soon and wishes to spend time with his daughter.
"Maybe I'll fight at the end of the year," he said said post-fight, as per MMA Junkie.
"Maybe I'll fight next year. I just want to go home to my daughter. I'm a winner and it was a long time off. It was the longest break in my career. I had to take nine months off and sit on the sidelines. I had to overcome some stuff.
"Now that I'm a victor again, I want to get back to the drawing board. I want to keep getting better. I want to stay in love with this sport. I don't want to push myself so much to where I hate this. I've been doing this a long time and pushing myself to the limits every day. So I just want to do it right."