Dustin Poirier
The Diamond

USA

Gets run through in title shot
LightweightUFC
September 7, 2019
Poirier lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov via submission (rear-naked choke) at at 2:06 of Round 3 at The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Poirier came into this contest as a deserving interim champion but simply couldn't deal with the pressure and pace of Khabib, which resulted in him being on his back often. Poirier had his moment of success in Round 2 when a hard shot he caught the champion and caused him to backpedal, but it just wasn't enough, as the disparity in grappling proved to be too great. There aren't many fighters who reach the pinnacle of their careers as late as Poirier, but the Louisianian turned himself from a fun action fighter into a belt holder in the space of about two years, leaving legendary names like Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, and Max Holloway in his wake. It's unclear what's next for Dustin, but there are plenty of fun fights for him near the top of the division when he's ready to get back in the cage. He falls to 25-6 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
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Gets shot at Khabib at UFC 242
LightweightUFC
June 4, 2019
Poirier will fight Khabib Nurmagomedov to unify the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 242 on September 7 in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Poirier bested Max Holloway to win the lightweight belt in his last fight, landing a career-high 178 significant strikes along the way. His volume striking -- 5.75 significant strikes landed per minute -- has made him a fantasy-friendly fighter throughout his UFC tenure, but Nurmagomedov is an entirely different story. Khabib has elite striking defense numbers, due largely to his ability to neutralize his opponents with offensive wrestling. Poirier has compiled a 69 percent takedown defense through 24 UFC/WEC fights, which is a respectable mark, though not elite. Keeping this fight standing will clearly give Poirier his best chance to win, but opponents of Khabib have been largely unable to do so to date, at least for any noteworthy period of time. Early betting odds peg Poirier as approximately a (+295) underdog for this matchup.
Solves Max Holloway, wins UFC gold
LightweightUFC
April 13, 2019
Poirier is the new Interim UFC Lightweight Champion after defeating Max Holloway via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) at UFC 236 on Saturday in Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Poirier looked like he was going to cruise to the win after pounding Holloway in Round 1, but it ended up being a war of attrition that earned both men a post-fight bonus. Poirier was the much bigger and much stronger of the two men, and that allowed him to deliver the more devastating combinations. It seemingly took Max three or four shots to deliver the same amount of damage that Dustin could do with just one strike. While it was a clean sweep on the judge's scorecards, Holloway actually out landed Poirier by a count of 208-180, and Dustin connected on just 1-of-8 takedown attempts. Those two stats should tell you just how much damage Poirier did on his strikes that did connect. Dustin has always been most comfortable in a brawl, and Holloway was more than willing to engage him in one on Saturday. Poirier has been grinding away at this for a long, long time and it's nice to see him finally get rewarded. Now sporting a six-fight unbeaten streak (5-0, 1NC) against some of the best fighters the sport has to offer (Holloway, Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, Anthony Pettis), Poirier's next test will almost certainly be a unification bout against UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Dustin is going to be a sizeable underdog for that one, but he has the power to make the fight interesting.
Gets his shot at lightweight belt
LightweightUFC
February 23, 2019
Poirier (hip) will take on Max Holloway for the interim lightweight championship at UFC 236 on April 13, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Poirier is riding a three-fight winning streak against some of the best lightweights the UFC has to offer, and had been booked for a top contender fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 230 back in November. He eventually had to withdraw due to a hip injury, but given Friday night's announcement, it didn't turn out to be much of a setback after all. Poirier will be welcoming the current featherweight champion up to lightweight for one of the most challenging opponents of his career from a pure striking standpoint (much to the chagrin of top lightweight contenders Tony Ferguson and Al Iaquinta). Poirier will hold a three-inch reach advantage over Holloway, but Holloway stands two inches taller. Holloway was incredibly lengthy for the featherweight division, which has allowed him to rack up a ridiculous 6.90 significant strikes per minute. He's also has plenty of momentum with a 13-fight winning streak in the UFC. Poirier is the superior offensive wrestler, however, and might be wise to try and get this fight to the ground as opposed to taking his chances on the feet. A win here would do wonders for the career of Poirier, and would likely punch his ticket for a date with current title holder Khabib Nurmagomedov at Madison Square Garden in November. Nurmagomedov is currently serving a suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission, hence the need to create the interim belt.
Dealing with hip issue
LightweightUFC
October 15, 2018
Poirier was forced to withdraw from his fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 230 due to a hip injury, Dave Doyle of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Poirier admitted that this wasn't an isolated issue, it's something that he's been dealing with for a while now. "It just progressively got worse," Poirier said. "And then I did something with it this camp to where you know, like, I can still move around on it, I can still train, but if, say, I do a sprint, the next two days my range of motion is going to be horrible and I'm going to be in a lot of pain. It just got too bad to keep pushing at this point with it." Poirier may avoid surgery, though he's set to get a second opinion on the injury in Los Angeles this week. The doctor that gave him a first opinion said that Poirier could use stem-cell treatment to return to the ring without undergoing a procedure, though more should be known following this week's appointment. If he doesn't require surgery, The Diamond believes that he will be back in action fairly soon. "We're just going to do some stem cell stuff and I think I'll be moving around real quick, so, I don't think I'll be out long at all."
Withdraws from UFC 230 due to injury
LightweightUFC
October 9, 2018
Poirier has suffered an undisclosed injury and will not face Nate Diaz at UFC 230, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Poirier versus Diaz was going to be the co-main event, but Diaz will now need to find a new opponent if he wishes to remain on the card. It is unclear what injury Poirier suffered, but it is at least serious enough to definitively cancel a lucrative matchup that is is nearly one full month away. It would have been one of the better cards of the year in both fight quality and pay-per-view buys, and while it's still poised to be a great event, this news is certainly a big hit.