While Chan Sung Jung has used his win over Dustin Poirier last May to springboard into a title fight tonight with Jose Aldo, “The Diamond” continues to prepare for his UFC 164 tilt with Erik Koch. After he was choked out by “The Korean Zombie”, Poirier went on to score a win over Jonathan Brookins, before losing by unanimous decision to Cub Swanson. Koch, meanwhile, is coming off a brutal, stoppage loss to Ricardo Lamas, so the upcoming, August 31st bout is an important one for both featherweight contenders.
Since UFC 164 will go down in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which is where Koch trains out of the renowned Roufusport Gym, some might argue he’ll have a hometown advantage. So what does Poirier think about Koch and fighting him in his own backyard? Well, the 24 year-old recently told The Underground’s Jack Brown this:
I’m excited to go out there behind enemy lines and do work. I feel like I’m more prepared than I’ve ever been. I’m in a comfortable place with myself and with fighting right now, even with coming off a loss against Cub Swanson. I didn’t have time to prepare for that fight. I kind of jumped into it when his opponent got hurt. Four weeks wasn’t long enough. Looking back at it now, I probably shouldn’t have taken the fight. It was another learning experience. Sucks to have another loss on my record.
I’m growing as a fighter and I’m growing in this sport. I’m prepared to beat Eric Koch anywhere that the fight goes. Whether we kickbox, or we wrestle, or we hit the ground and do Jiu-Jitsu, it doesn’t matter to me. I feel like I’m better than him everywhere. There’s no pressure for me going behind enemy lines to fight him. We can set the cage up at his family reunion and I’ll beat him up. It doesn’t matter to me.
Doesn’t sound like he’s too worried does it? It should be an outstanding fight.
UFC 164 will be hosted by Milwaukee’s Bradley Center and will feature lightweight champion Benson Henderson taking on Anthony Pettis in the main event.