Dustin Poirier. Source: ESPN

Dustin Poirier is a professional MMA fighter from the United States. He was previously the Interim UFC Lightweight Champion.

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Early life

Dustin Glenn Poirier was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, on January 19, 1989, and is of Acadian French descent, specifically Cajun. He only attended Northside High School for a short time before dropping out in the ninth grade due to a history of misbehaviour and street fights.

Poirier still lives in Lafayette with his wife, Jolie, and their daughter, but he trains at American Top Team in South Florida, where he relocates before fights.

Career overview

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Dustin has created a dedicated following thanks to his back-to-back wins against top champions including Eddie AlvarezMax Holloway, and Anthony Pettis.

He also managed to score wins against Dan Hooker and Justin Gaethje which places him among the greatest fighters of all time.

The ‘Diamond’ holds a record of 26-6-0, 1 NC in his career.

Poirier also looks to further improve his rankings in the lightweight division after UFC 257 when he takes on Conor McGregor.

Record

Poirier turned professional in 2009 and quickly compiled a 7–0 record, mostly competing in regional promotions throughout his home state of Louisiana and the Southern United States.

World Extreme Cagefighting

Poirier was defeated by Danny Castillo in a unanimous decision in his WEC debut on August 18, 2010, at WEC 50. On November 11, 2010, Poirier defeated Zach Micklewright via first-round TKO at WEC 52.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in October 2010. All WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC as part of the merger.

Following the UFC/WEC merger, newly crowned UFC Featherweight Champion José Aldo was set to defend his title against No. 1 contender Josh Grispi at UFC 125. On November 23, 2001, Aldo was forced to withdraw from the fight due to a back injury. Poirier agreed to take Grispi’s place at the event on January 1, 2011. Poirier was victorious by unanimous decision.

Dustin Poirier vs Max Holloway

Dustin Poirier fights Max Holloway at UFC 236. Source: Getty Images

Poirier was scheduled to face Erik Koch at UFC 143 on February 4, 2012. However, Koch withdrew from the fight due to an injury, and was replaced by Ricardo Lamas. Then, just two weeks later, Lamas was forced to withdraw from the fight due to an injury, leaving Poirier without an opponent.

Max Holloway agreed to fight Poirier a week later. Poirier won the first round with a triangle-armbar from the mount position, earning the Submission of the Night bonus.

Poirier fought for the Interim UFC Lightweight Championship against UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway on April 13, 2019, at UFC 236. He won the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision, capturing the title and snapping Holloway’s thirteen-fight winning streak. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award, his fourth performance bonus in a row.

Dustin Poirier vs Chan Sung Jung

Dustin Poirier fighting Chan Sung Jung. Source: Rafael Suanes-US PRESSWIRE

On May 15, 2012, Poirier faced off against Chan Sung Jung in the main event of UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier. This was Poirier’s first appearance in the main event.

In the fourth round, Jung defeated Poirier via submission (D’arce Choke). Both participants were named Fight of the Night for their efforts. At the conclusion of the fight, several publications named it Fight of the Year in 2012.

Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor

Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor at UFC 178. Source: DAZN

Dustin Poirier fought Conor McGregor at UFC 178 on September 27, 2014. He was knocked out in the first round by a TKO. This was Poirier’s first time being stopped by strikes. Following the defeat, Poirier moved up a weight class to the Lightweight division. Poirier stated that this is due to weight loss distracting him from training. He also stated that he would never return to featherweight or move up in welterweight.

On January 24, 2021, Poirier faced Conor McGregor in a rematch of their 2014 fight at UFC 257. He defeated McGregor by technical knockout in the second round, becoming the first person to do so. This victory earned him the award for Performance of the Night.

Dustin Poirier vs Eddie Alvarez

On May 13, 2017, Poirier faced Eddie Alvarez at UFC 211. Poirier rocked Alvarez in the second round but was dropped when Alvarez landed two illegal knees while Poirier was against the fence.

Because the Texas commission was not following the new unified rules, referee Herb Dean declared the fight a no contest because he did not believe Alvarez knew Poirier was a grounded opponent at the time of the fight. Both fighters, however, received the Fight of the Night bonus award.

Poirier faced Eddie Alvarez in a rematch in the main event of UFC on Fox 30 on July 28, 2018. In the second round, he scored a TKO to win the fight. This victory earned him the award for Performance of the Night.

Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC on Fox 30 on July 28, 2018. Source: MMA Mania

Dustin Poirier vs Justin Gaethje

Dustin Poirier vs Justin Gaethje at UFC on Fox 29. Source: MMA Fighting

On April 14, 2018, Poirier faced Justin Gaethje at UFC on Fox 29. In the fourth round, he scored a TKO to win the fight. He won the Fight of the Night bonus award for this fight.

Dustin Poirier vs Dan Hooker

Dustin Poirier faced Dan Hooker on June 27, 2020. Source: MMA Junkie

On June 27, 2020, Poirier faced Dan Hooker at UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker. He was victorious by unanimous decision in an exciting back-and-forth fight. This was his seventh Fight of the Night victory. The fight was widely regarded as one of the best of the year and was nominated for multiple awards.

Professional record breakdown
34 matches27 wins6 losses
By knockout132
By submission72
By decision72
No contests1

Charity work

Dustin Poirier is well-known in the MMA community for his charitable work. For his humanitarian efforts, he was also given the Forrest Griffin Community Award by the UFC.

Furthermore, Poirier has raised approximately $300,000 by auctioning off his fight kits. He has also established “The Good Fight Foundation,” which aims to assist those in need.

Poirier has worked tirelessly, from providing drinking water to Batwa Pygmy children in Uganda to donating food to hospitals in Lafayette during the pandemic.

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