Well, it appears not every fighter disagreed with Dustin Poirier’s decision to decline a fight against Norman Parke after Joseph Duffy withdrew from their ‘UFC Fight Night: Dublin’ main event bout due to a concussion sustained in training.
Poirier caught quite a bit of criticism from fans and fighters for not accepting a fight with Parke, however he has defended his decision multiple times by saying that the UFC isn’t a tough-man competition, and that if he fought the way fans wanted him to, he would be ‘broke and brain dead.’
Bellator MMA champion Will Brooks spoke to MMAJunkie, and defended Poirier’s decision, saying:
“Why would you go from a main event fight to a co-main event fight against a guy (Parke) that’s on a two-fight losing streak in his career and not getting publicity other than talking about you? Why would you go and take a fight like that and risk hurting yourself over something of that nature? I think he made the best decision for himself and his family and his future. I support him all the way and I would have done the same thing.”
“Dustin is a very close friend of mine and I know how hard he works and I train with him. He was very prepared and to take that flight all the way there, it was very upsetting to me too.”
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