DUSTIN POIRIER had to fight back the tears as he recalled his defeat to Charles Oliveira.
The Diamond suffered a third-round submission loss to the lightweight champ early on Sunday morning in the main event of UFC 269 in Las Vegas.
Poirier bravely faced the media after coming up short in his second bid to win undisputed UFC gold and was at times overcome by emotion.
A crestfallen Poirier said: "I'm not a stranger to his kind of position.
"Nobody wants to be used to losing, but I'm just used to learning. It was what it is, that's the fight game.
"I'm trying not to sit up here and cry at another press conference and cry in front of you guys.
"But I'm gonna continue to do what I do.
"Be a father, try to be a beacon of light and keep grinding."
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Although he came up short in his second crack at undisputed UFC gold, Poirier insists he has no regrets.
He said: "Like I've been saying all this week, nothing in this whole journey was done in vain.
"Everything me and my family have is because of fighting.
"A lot of education in my life is from these kind of moments, learning about myself.
"It just sucks, man. I really worked hard, sacrificed a lot and put myself in a position where I thought I was gonna be the world champion.
"I knew I was either going to come out here tonight and be the world champion and fail daring greatly.
"And sometimes this is what happens."
Poirier will go back to Louisiana and take stock of his latest setback with his family before deciding whether or not to continue fighting.
He said: "I can do anything I put my mind to. I can fight for another belt, I can go on another streak.
"I can claw and climb and get back to wherever I want to be. It's just do I want to.
"That's the question I have to look in the mirror and answer.
"Do I want to do it again? Do I want to go down that road again?
"And that answer will come in the next couple days, next couple weeks.
"I just need to let this pass and see what's next for me.
"But if it's in my heart and that's what I wanna do, I'll be here fighting for another world title."
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