UFC 168: Dustin Poirier Says Diego Brandao 'Threatened to Cut My Neck'

Kyle SymesCorrespondent IIIDecember 29, 2013

Dec 28, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA;    Dustin Poirier (red gloves) reacts after knocking down Diego Brandao (blue gloves) during their UFC middleweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Things got a little heated when the main card participants stepped on the scale for the UFC 168 weigh ins between Diego Brandao and Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier.

Initially it was believed Poirier was upset about Brandao missing weight but Poirier shed some light on the situation at the UFC 168 post-fight press conference.

Poirier explained that Brandao approached him while the fighters were waiting to step on the scales.

"He came up to me and said, ‘you stare at me like this again, I'll cut your neck. Then what are you going to do?'"

It's not the first time Brandao has made threats like this before as the participants on TUF 14 can attest to. It's also not very good timing for Brandao to be making threats.

When fighters are at the end of cutting weight (or not in the case of Brandao, who initially missed weight by eight pounds), they're not exactly the friendliest of people. Brandao also attempted to intimidate a guy who has no issues about getting in the face of his opponent Poirier.

After attempting to cut additional weight, Brandao could only manage to make it to 151.5 pounds and was forced to give up 25 percent of his purse.

Poirier used the altercation as motivation by taking Brandao out in the first round by TKO. There was a point where it seemed like Brandao just froze or broke down mentally which is usually something the Brazilian attempts to make his opponents do.

The Diamond went 2-1 in 2013 and could have the chance to avenge that loss if he can secure a rematch with Cub Swanson in 2014.