Mark Henry Explains Relationship With Dustin Poirier After Confrontation at UFC Calgary

Mark Henry, one of the most respected coaches in MMA, has spoken
about the friction between himself and
Ultimate Fighting Championship
lightweight contender Dustin
Poirier
and what transpired after the fight at UFC Calgary last
month between Poirier and his fighter Eddie
Alvarez
.

After Poirier had beaten Alvarez in their rematch fight, Henry said
he went up to Poirier to shake his hand and congratulate him but
Poirier wanted nothing to do with him.

“I walked up to Dustin to congratulate him,” Henry told MMAFighting.com. “He says, Get the [blank] away
from me. Which I did. I’m like, you know what? It’s his moment. I
want him to have his moment. He deserves it.”

Poirier told reporters later that the hostility towards Henry was a
result of the first encounter with Alvarez at UFC 211 where the
fight ended in a ‘no contest’ due to Alvarez kneeing a downed
opponent. Alvarez had stated publically that he thought Poirier
quit and Poirier assumed his team all agreed with him.

According to Henry, that wasn’t the case, and he claims that in
interviews before the rematch fight, he even praised Poirier. The
pair had worked together previously when “The Diamond” assisted
former champion Frankie
Edgar
in a fight.

“The few [interviews] that I did, I talked very, very highly about
Dustin,” Henry said. “I said how he loved he was. We’ve had
hundreds of guys come to our place to help with sparring and Dustin
was the most loved.”

Henry said Poirier sought out their team backstage after the fight
to apologize.

“He was great, man,” Henry said. “I don’t even know if he went to
the doctor first. He ran to find us first. Before he even went to
the doctor, he found us, he apologized to our whole team. That’s
just a good dude. It was the heat of the moment. I just wish he
would have known the things I was saying about him beforehand.”

“He’s such an honorable dude, man,” Henry said. “It was at the
moment, he’s all jacked up.” Poirier will now face Nate Diaz at
UFC 230 on Nov. 3 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.



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