Dustin Poirier has vowed to right the wrongs of his defeat by Conor McGregor after learning to control his emotions.
McGregor needed less than two minutes to KO Poirier when they first met more than six years ago.
The Irishman went on to win first the featherweight and then the lightweight title during his incredible reign.
Poirier challenged for the lightweight title but, like McGregor, fell short against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
And as he prepares for another clash with the Dubliner, he is confident he has learned his lesson.
"I'm more mature, more skilled, more battle tested and more patient; there's a lot thats changed," he told Yahoo Sports .
"I think every fight – win or lose – you have an opportunity to get better and reassess whats going on.
"After that fight I felt like needed to make an adjustment with my emotions and the way I lead into these fights.
"I got too emotional; I'm an emotional guy, I wear my heart on my sleeve and it showed in that fight.
"I listened to everything Conor said and thought about it too much, I listened to the critics and over the course of my career I realised that what really matters is my preparation and readiness to go in there.
"Fighting is as much mental as it is physical, you have to be prepared for the naysayers along the way.
"You have to be prepared for the things that creep into your mind in training or in fight week; this is a tough task; fighting is hard, it's very stressful."
There will be no belt on the line when McGregor and Poirier clash next weekend but the winner is set to fight for the 155lb belt.
Khabib Nurmagomedov remains the champion despite announcing his retirement following his win over Justin Gaethje last year.
He will hold talks with UFC president Dana White in Abu Dhabi to determine his future.
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