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Dustin Poirier’s main event with Anthony Pettis last Saturday was one of bloodiest affairs of this year. The two men back and forth in an epic scrap at UFC Norfolk, before Poirier managed to emerge victorious.

Realistically, it might go down as the best victory of Poirier’s career, particularly with Pettis being a former lightweight champion. And, even despite the nature of the contest — in which both men got repeatedly damaged, Poirier is a happy man.

“I’ve been in a few of these fights in my career,” Poirier said, speaking to TMZ Sports. “And while it’s happening you just know. I like it. I hear the crowd, I smell the blood, I know my eye is swollen. I know we’re both damaged, and we’re both fighting off of will. It’s fun. That’s fighting to me.

“From this last one [with Pettis] my hair was matted with blood,” Poirier continued. “The crazy thing was the shower tile was white on the ground, so as soon as I got in there I could see how much blood was really pouring off of me. I mean my back, my shins, everything was covered. I’m still cleaning blood out of my ears right now.”

As has become tradition, Poirier is selling his (blood soaked) UFC Fight Kit from the evening, in an attempt to raise money for a good cause. In this case, Poirier is raising money for the family of a fallen officer.