DUSTIN POIRIER admits he doesn't know 'what's next' following his heartbreaking defeat to Charles Oliveira.
The pride of Lafayette, Louisiana came up short in his second bid to win undisputed UFC gold last weekend, suffering a third-round submission defeat to the Brazilian.
And he's unsure what the future holds for him after failing to climb the mountain at the second time of asking.
On Tuesday night, he tweeted: "Not sure what's next.."
Two days earlier, he tweeted: "What a beautiful journey, the ups and the downs. I'm grateful for all of it."
Poirier, 32, has been hailed by the mixed martial arts community for his valiant attempt to end Oliveira's brief reign as lightweight king.
But bitter rival Conor McGregor opted to ridicule the former interim lightweight champion's latest setback.
In response to Nate Diaz's mocking of his back-to-back losses to Poirier, McGregor tweeted: "You lanky string of p**s he got lumped around and got lucky twice.
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"That’s it. Is what it is. Embarrassing night for him alright.
"That closed guard game. Wtf was that. Wow! Shocking.
"All good happy Sat night horse yupya it’s Proper Twelve day tomorrow 12/12. New Paddy’s Day!"
Poirier doesn't plan on making any hasty decisions on his future but is confident of getting back into the title mix.
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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