Dustin Poirier is offering some credit to Conor McGregor for helping one aspect of his career.
Poirier faced the former UFC lightweight and featherweight champ on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178. He lost the fight by TKO in the first round, which marked the first time Poirier was stopped by strikes.
Dustin Poirier On Aspect That Conor McGregor Changed For Him
In a recent interview, he thanked McGregor for helping to kickstart his improvement and getting him to where he is today.
“It definitely started happening after the Conor McGregor loss,” Poirier told ESPN about his evolution as a fighter and emergence as an honest, brass tacks personality (H/T to MMA Fighting). “That was the start of it. It’s been a long process, being a father, losing again, winning some and losing again, and winning another one. It’s just a long evolution of stop caring so much. You just stop caring about the noise and stuff that doesn’t matter. . .
“A lot of times in my younger career, I felt like it was life or death. Every comment on Instagram and Twitter, every journalist who said something, I felt like everybody was against me. I felt like if I lost I would be written off, it’s the end of my career. I’m a bum if I lose this fight. And then you lose a few times and you’re like, ‘Oh sh*t, I can still put this back together. Oh man, I’m still providing for my family. I’m still loving what I do.’ It’s like you’ve been bent but not broken a lot of times and I feel like it made me stronger and it made me the man I am today. I’m happy. I’m genuinely happy.”