Dustin Poirier made that arduous trip in September, 2019, his body broken and his dreams of becoming the UFC lightweight champion dashed.
It was the surest way he knew to distance himself from his third-round submission loss to the reigning lightweight champ, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Not long after arriving home from Abu Dhabi, Poirier went under the knife to repair a hip injury that had been troubling him.
The surgery left him glued to the couch, with no choice but to confront his failed bid at UFC gold directly.
He’s reluctant to make a specific prediction for something as unforeseeable as the outcome of a fight, but is confident he’ll leave Las Vegas victorious.