Ten years later, the fight is largely forgotten. When this happens, Krantz recalls the loss of good humor. After all, there’s not much shame in lasting longer in the cage with Poirier than Conor McGregor did in their rematch.
“I remember trying to reduce weight with an Airdyne bike in the sauna,” Krantz recalls. “I will never forget that. It was horrible, but everyone there, Dustin, his old lady and his trainer, they were all very respectful so it was a good experience. I would have liked the result to be a little different. I almost got him in the first round, he got me in the second. This is how it is. “
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Staying as busy as possible, Krantz became the face of regional promotions across the South, fighting outside of Texas and Louisiana just four times before being called up to the UFC. He would go 0-2 in the UFC, losing to Vicente Luque and Song Kenan before his release in 2019.
It’s been over a year and a half since Krantz last professional fight, the longest break in action Krantz has ever taken. He’s lived the life of a regional fighter to the fullest, and while he was cut from the UFC would have been a perfect stopping point for many, Krantz isn’t just a fighter with titles and days of pays in mind. He’s just a fighter.