Dustin Poirier speaks about fighting Conor McGregor at UFC 178 on September 27th. The hard is headlined by Jon Jones defending his UFC light-heavyweight strap against Daniel Cormier.

Other bouts on the card are:

Dominick Cruz vs.     Takeya Mizugaki
Tim Kennedy     vs.     Yoel Romero
Cat Zingano     vs.     Amanda Nunes
Dustin Poirier     vs.     Conor McGregor
John Howard     vs.     Brian Ebersole
Patrick Côté     vs.     Stephen Thompson    

Why do you fight?This is a sport and I love to compete, and show my skills.What motivates and inspires you?To see how far I can really go and the will to win, to be and to say I was a world champion.What’s the best part of being a fighter?That two men go in and one man leaves a winner, knowing all that hard work and sacrifice has payed of, and the eating after weighins. (laughs)What’s the best asset as a fighter?Mindset and heart.What’s next?Keep winning and one day fight for the light-heavyweight world title.

Why do you fight?

This is a sport and I love to compete, and show my skills.

What motivates and inspires you?

To see how far I can really go and the will to win, to be and to say I was a world champion.

What’s the best part of being a fighter?

That two men go in and one man leaves a winner, knowing all that hard work and sacrifice has payed of, and the eating after weighins. (laughs)

What’s the best asset as a fighter?

Mindset and heart.

What’s next?

Keep winning and one day fight for the light-heavyweight world title.

Why do you fight? I fight because I love that feeling of being in the cage, all the experiences during training every day that make me give my best.What motivates and inspires you? Wake up healthy everyday and know that I can fulfill my dreams.What’s the best part of being a fighter? It’s not easy, but I think that is precisely what makes it so wonderful. I have met many very nice people, I have traveled, and best of all is the training time with my teammates because we had fun and we rely on all.What’s your best asset as a fighter? Prove to myself that I am capable.What’s next for you? September 6, Kansas city, my debut in Invicta FC.

Why do you fight?

I fight because I love that feeling of being in the cage, all the experiences during training every day that make me give my best.

What motivates and inspires you?

Wake up healthy everyday and know that I can fulfill my dreams.

What’s the best part of being a fighter?

It’s not easy, but I think that is precisely what makes it so wonderful. I have met many very nice people, I have traveled, and best of all is the training time with my teammates because we had fun and we rely on all.

What’s your best asset as a fighter?

Prove to myself that I am capable.

What’s next for you?

September 6, Kansas city, my debut in Invicta FC.

Why do you fight? I fight because I love it! I can go 100% and not worry about anything but the fight. Everything else in the world fades away. There are no bills, no problems, no troubles…Just me, letting go 100 percent.What motivates and inspires you? So many things…my gf, my friends, my family, my teammates. Every person in my life inspires me. The people who hate me or want to see me fail are probably the biggest motivators for anyone. Win or lose, the haters can’t do what I do, so rub it in with success!What’s the best part of being a fighter? Being able to punch, knee, elbow, kick, choke and break bones without fear of incarceration. (smiles)What’s your best asset as a fighter? I think my toughness. It’ll take a ref to jump in or a bone to snap or for me to go unconscious to finish me off, I’m not gonna just quit or give you a win, you it earn that shit!What’s next for you? Well I’m scheduled to fight at home September 13 at Capitol City Cage Wars, a promotion here in my hometown. I haven’t fought at home in years so it will be nice. Hopefully get on the next Invicta FC card and continue my cut to the bantamweight. I want to be the best in the world.

Why do you fight?

I fight because I love it! I can go 100% and not worry about anything but the fight. Everything else in the world fades away. There are no bills, no problems, no troubles…Just me, letting go 100 percent.

What motivates and inspires you?

So many things…my gf, my friends, my family, my teammates. Every person in my life inspires me. The people who hate me or want to see me fail are probably the biggest motivators for anyone. Win or lose, the haters can’t do what I do, so rub it in with success!

What’s the best part of being a fighter?

Being able to punch, knee, elbow, kick, choke and break bones without fear of incarceration. (smiles)

What’s your best asset as a fighter?

I think my toughness. It’ll take a ref to jump in or a bone to snap or for me to go unconscious to finish me off, I’m not gonna just quit or give you a win, you it earn that shit!

What’s next for you?

Well I’m scheduled to fight at home September 13 at Capitol City Cage Wars, a promotion here in my hometown. I haven’t fought at home in years so it will be nice. Hopefully get on the next Invicta FC card and continue my cut to the bantamweight. I want to be the best in the world.

Daniel Cormier speaks with UFC reporter Megan Olivi about his title shot against Jon Jones at UFC 178. Hard to pick against Jones versus anyone at 205, but DC has a real good shot based on his skillset. Cormier has the tools to take down Jones and from there who knows what happens, but that wrestling could come in very handy if you are in a close round against Jones. If the striking is fairly even, when Fighter A takes down Fighter B and holds him for some time there, it’s often the tie-breaker for judges in a close round on the feet.

Also the wrestling defense of Cormier will prevent him from being planted on his ass and being rained one by the vicious elbows of Jones.

Striking-wise Jones would appear to have the edge based on his skill and Dhalsim like leg and arm extension. He has a very unique style of striking and his range gives many problems. Cormier however has faced a reach disadvantage against everyone he has ever fought and seems to be able to close the distance very well against all his opponents.

Both fighters have a very strong will to win and that makes for an intriguing contest. Jones showed his heart against Alexander Gustafsson in the 4th and 5th rounds, and it will be interesting to see how Cormier reacts to those championship stanzas, should the bout reach those muddy waters.

But in the end it will likely be a decision for Jones. Possibly similar to the Gustafsson fight where it’s close but a 3-2 win for the champion. Should Jones achieve that victory that will be his 8th title defense, just two shy of the record set by Anderson Silva with 10 title defenses. If Jones pulls it off and goes onto to defeat Gustafsson in the rematch he will be creeping close to becoming considered the greatest ever. Something he would likely then try to cement by making a run at heavyweight.

But before we go too far, he has to step past the toughest challenge to date in 15-0 Daniel Cormier. He hasn’t lost in MMA for a reason and September 27th in Las Vegas is looking to start his own legacy.

Joe Riggs is back in the UFC and takes on Paulo Thiago in his return match.

Why do you fight? I fight because I love to compete. I have always been constantly involved in some kind of sport since I was young, be it football, baseball, wrestling, and of course now MMA.What motivates and inspires you? My passion to be the best at whatever I’m doing is what motivates me. No matter what it is I’m doing, if it is something I am taking serious, I want to be the best at it. What’s the best part of being a fighter? The best part of being a fighter is knowing you are able to stand toe to toe with somebody and throw down… and its fun for you when you do it. What’s your best asset as a fighter? My best asset as a fighter is the support I receive from my sponsors, friends, family, and of course my fight team. They all support everything I do and they are always there to help out any way they can. What’s next for you?Next for me will be anther fight with Bellator, I am looking to get back in the cage sometime around March. My last fight was on just 2 weeks notice and up a weight class, so it will be nice to have a full fight camp and be back at my normal weight of 185. Stay tuned…some big things are about to happen in the 185 Bellator division!

Why do you fight?

I fight because I love to compete. I have always been constantly involved in some kind of sport since I was young, be it football, baseball, wrestling, and of course now MMA.

What motivates and inspires you?

My passion to be the best at whatever I’m doing is what motivates me. No matter what it is I’m doing, if it is something I am taking serious, I want to be the best at it.

What’s the best part of being a fighter?

The best part of being a fighter is knowing you are able to stand toe to toe with somebody and throw down… and its fun for you when you do it.

What’s your best asset as a fighter?

My best asset as a fighter is the support I receive from my sponsors, friends, family, and of course my fight team. They all support everything I do and they are always there to help out any way they can.

What’s next for you?

Next for me will be anther fight with Bellator, I am looking to get back in the cage sometime around March. My last fight was on just 2 weeks notice and up a weight class, so it will be nice to have a full fight camp and be back at my normal weight of 185. Stay tuned…some big things are about to happen in the 185 Bellator division!

Why do you fight? I fight because it’s better than roofing. What motivates and inspires you? Motivated and inspired by anyone who is passionate about what they do.What’s the best part of being a fighter? Best part of being a fighter is that I don’t get arrested for punching people anymore. What’s your best asset as a fighter? Best asset is that I don’t cut weight so I’m always fast and explosive in the cage. What’s next for you?September 5th is next and then who knows maybe a surf skate trip back to California to hang with the Thomas boys!

Why do you fight?

I fight because it’s better than roofing.

What motivates and inspires you?

Motivated and inspired by anyone who is passionate about what they do.

What’s the best part of being a fighter?

Best part of being a fighter is that I don’t get arrested for punching people anymore.

What’s your best asset as a fighter?

Best asset is that I don’t cut weight so I’m always fast and explosive in the cage.

What’s next for you?

September 5th is next and then who knows maybe a surf skate trip back to California to hang with the Thomas boys!

Nick Diaz is back in the UFC. He has signed a 2-fight deal with the promotion.

 Diaz said in the past that he’ll only return for a title fight or a fight against Anderson Silva. Well a title shot is not happening, however, a fight with Anderson is very possible. Anderson is coming off a loss, needs a big name opponent who is not the champion Chris Weidman, and doesn’t have the belt so can do a superfight type of bout with Diaz. This is a fight fans want to see, would be very interesting and have incredible amounts of histrionics and antics and throwing hands in the air and jibber-jabber during the fight for as long as it lasts.

Diaz has good boxing but his cardio edge is his best asset in this hypothetical bout. If he defeats Silva expect him to ask for a title shot. Sounds crazy but actually more than normal as Diaz was asking for a middleweight title shot after losing two bouts in a row at 170.

The UFC needs stars and Diaz is definitely one which will help them out, for at least two more pay-per-views.

Why do you fight?
I fight because I love the sport as it is, love all the possible techniques the sport offers to apply, and love the feeling of adrenaline.
What motivates and inspires you?
My personal and professional goals. And of course my team.
What’s the best part of being a fighter?
All the experiences; training, fighting, lifestyle, traveling, health, the people you meet and the feeling of being alive.
What’s your best asset as a fighter?
In think it is my determination
What’s next for you?
I’m debuting in Invicta. My goal is to give the best of me, all that I’ve learned, all my heart, and we’ll see what comes next after that.

Why do you fight?

I fight because I love the sport as it is, love all the possible techniques the sport offers to apply, and love the feeling of adrenaline.

What motivates and inspires you?

My personal and professional goals. And of course my team.

What’s the best part of being a fighter?

All the experiences; training, fighting, lifestyle, traveling, health, the people you meet and the feeling of being alive.

What’s your best asset as a fighter?

In think it is my determination

What’s next for you?

I’m debuting in Invicta. My goal is to give the best of me, all that I’ve learned, all my heart, and we’ll see what comes next after that.