A DEEP DIVE Into Dustin Poirier’s MMA Career

On May 16th, 2009, a very angry 20-year-old from Louisiana had his very first professional MMA bout. With a shaved head, a pair of blue shorts and a nasty left hand, Dustin Poirier made quick work of the man across from him, finishing the fight by KO in the very first round. Equipped with a killer instinct that would take him to the very top of the deepest division in the sport and a pair of hands that would eventually see him snatching the title of “best boxer in the UFC according to many fans, this was just the start of a very successful career that is still ongoing to this day.

If I wanted to introduce somebody to this sport, I would simply just log into BT Sport or Fight Pass and choose any Dustin Poirier fight, from his days at 145 pounds to his latest venture into the octagon, Dustin Poirier is fireworks, every, single, time. In a sport where many shots aren’t landed clean, where a punch can glance off of a fighter’s temple and put them out, or maybe even a half-hearted overhand as a fighter is exiting the clinch, Poirier’s boxing however, is a joy to watch. Clean, accurate, and very dangerous, just ask any fighter that steps into the cage with the diamond, it is usually one of the most damaging fights of their career. But time and time again, Dustin Poirier shows up, makes weight, strolls out to “The Boss” by James Brown (banger), fixes his hair, pulls up his shorts and goes to war for as long as he needs to. On the mat, on the feet, 3 rounds, 5 rounds, a technical striking match or a brawl straight from your local boozer, Poirier is comfortable everywhere.

I wanted to cover his career in its entirety, spending a minute or so on each fight and really showing the evolution of Poirier. This sport is constantly evolving, and many veterans struggle to adapt to the new way of things, but there are a few fighters on the roster that are still getting better with every camp, and as fans watch nervously waiting for the “passing of the torch” moment that the fighters we love start to lose, fighters like Dustin, Justin Gaethje and Beneil Dariush just to name a few, have shown that they aren’t just names for the young prospects to get under their belt, and they are going to have to earn it if they’re to get a win against them.

Footage of Poirier’s first 7 fights is scarce, but the record speaks for itself. All finishes, 3 submissions and 4 TKO’s. A glimpse into the future of  The Diamond, who rarely ever sees the scorecards.


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WEC 50 – August 18th, 2010

Debuting for World Extreme Cagefighting on WEC 50, Dustin would go on to lose his debut in a major promotion in a 3-round fight that would see him taste defeat via the scorecards, after a grappling-heavy bout, in which much of the fight was spent with Dustin trying to submit Castillo from the bottom, and ultimately losing the rounds in the judges eyes for it. Many fighters would fall at this first hurdle and potentially give up, saying the dream isn’t for them, and maybe they can earn money elsewhere, but not The Diamond, as he would later show many times on even the biggest stages, he evolves in between every fight, using a loss as a learning point and coming back much stronger next time he laces up the 40z gloves.


WEC 52 – November 11th, 2010

Stomping back onto the blue mat with something to prove, Dustin came out swinging from the bell, landing big shots on Zack Micklewright that sent him reeling into the fence, defenceless and eating heavy hooks from Poirier, the referee jumping in and stopping the fight just 53 seconds into the very first round. When watching these fights, the first thing that jumps out right away is how much better Poiriers’ defence has gotten. He hasn’t abandoned his style, and if you find yourself with your back against the fence as Micklewright did in this bout, you can guarantee that The Diamond will swarm you with the same violent offence, but now, with effective head movement and deadly counter shots. If you find yourself hurt against the fence across from any fighter, you better pray it isn’t Dustin Poirier.

UFC 125 – January 1st, 2011

With featherweight king Jose Aldo pulling out of his scheduled bout against dangerous finisher Josh Grispi (which was actually supposed to be the first-ever featherweight UFC title fight), Poirier was chosen as a short-notice late replacement. Grispi was on a 10-fight winning streak, with 6 submissions and 3 TKO’s, a prospect in his own right, and a big favourite against the young Poirier, who at this point had fewer fights in his entire career than Grispi had finished. Poirier was a +195 underdog, with many fans expecting Grispi to make quick work of Dustin, and then reschedule the title fight with Jose Aldo. Unfortunately for him though, Poirier was much better than everybody was expecting and beat Grispi across all three rounds, earning a 30-27 victory.


UFC 131 – June 11th, 2011

With a brand new contract with the UFC, Dustin headed back into the octagon to face Jason Young in what would be a technical performance from Poirier, landing a few heavy strikes throughout the fight to stun Young, and also implementing cage wrestling and trips to win the rounds. One of the quote, unquote “safer” performances of Poirier’s career, but none of his fights are without highlights. With straight left hands, clean boxing and good footwork, Poirier picked up another W on his record and kept it moving.


UFC on FOX: Velasquez vs dos Santos – November 12th, 2011

In his third UFC fight in 2011, Dustin was scheduled to face Pablo Garza on what would be a stacked card with the likes of Cub Swanson, Benson Henderson, Clay Guida and of course the two giants in the main event, Dustin showed out with his first UFC finish, latching up a D’arce choke in the second round and forcing the tap from Garza, showing once again he isn’t just a Lousiana southpaw brawler with a big left hand and a mouth.


UFC 143 – February 4th, 2012

In a performance that would go on to age extremely well, Dustin was scheduled to face a young Max Holloway making his UFC debut, after scrambling on the mat and finding himself mounted by Poirier, Holloway attempted to kick off of the cage, resulting in Dustin snatching a limb and latching in a beautiful armbar, but as we now know, Max Holloway isn’t going to let you walk out of this cage with an easy finish, and after a few seconds of having his arm pulled and twisted, managed to turn over onto his knees, temporarily escaping the armbar, but BJJ black belt Poirier quickly threw his legs up for a triangle, using it to turn Holloway onto his back and mount him once again, this time having a mounted triangle position, Holloways arm right there for the taking, ready to rip off and take back to Laffeyete to throw on the BBQ. Holloway tapped and Dustin took home a very good win that night in Las Vegas.


UFC on FUEL: TKZ vs Poirier – May 15th, 2012

Naturally, Poirier was given a chance to main event against UFC legend The Korean Zombie, who at the time was coming off 2 solid finishes, a twister on Leonard Garcia and a KO against boxing specialist Mark Hominick, which worked out perfectly for him as he was about to go into training camp for Dustin Poirier. After a scrappy four rounds, both men were starting to tire, with Poirier throwing some jabs at The Zombie, trying to find the range to land a big shot that hopefully ends the fight and go home, but the Korean had other ideas, as he leapt in with a beautiful right uppercut that sent Poirier crashing into the fence, TKZ threw a big flying knee which just missed, Poirier wrapped his arms around the zombie and attempted to take the fight to the ground, but was met with a hard sprawl from TKZ, who quickly sank in a D’arce choke on a tired Poirier and finished the fight in the fourth round, handing Dustin his first loss in the UFC.


TUF: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale – December 15th, 2012

Exactly 7 months later, Poirier returned to the cage with a vengeance, he had been out some time and spent seven long months in the gym, and now it was time to show it. The man across from him was former TUF winner Jonathon Brookins, who was quickly dispatched with the very same technique Dustin had fallen victim to back in May, a beautiful D’arce choke, after some effective cage wrestling from Poirier, he started to unload combinations on Brookins against the fence, a place we have already established you do NOT want to be against The Diamond. After eating a few punches from Poirier, Brookins shot in for a lazy double leg and was instantly caught in the choke. Almost mirroring the loss Dustin had suffered earlier in the year to The Korean Zombie.


UFC on FUEL: Barao vs McDonald – February 16th, 2013

In another short-notice replacement bout, Dustin was scheduled to face another UFC legend in Cub Swanson, a well-rounded fighter that could KO you on the feet just as fast as he could take your back and send you home with half of your purse and a submission loss on your record. In what would go on to be a fight that would use all aspects of MMA, Dustin ultimately went on to lose the fight on the scorecards, with two judges giving Swanson a 30-27 card.


UFC 164 – August 31st, 2013

Taking another 6 months to work on his game, The Diamond returned at UFC 164 against Eric Koch, putting on a beautiful display with his hands, dropping Koch with a huge right hook as he was exiting the pocket, which, honestly, looking back at the replay I have no idea how it didn’t put Koch out cold. Standard Poirier stinging left hands and good grappling awareness as Koch had his back at points, Poirier walked out of Wisconsin with a unanimous decision victory. Bouncing back from the loss against Swanson.


UFC 168 – December 28th, 2013

Poirier was then scheduled to face featherweight Diego Brandao, who was coming in on a 3 fight-winning streak. The bout was fought at a catchweight of 151.5lbs as Brandao missed the 145 mark, and would go on to get TKO’d by Poirier when, you guessed it, a grappling exchange against the fence backfired on an already gassing Brandao, who had just been through a bad weight cut and was already slowing down, with Poirier reversing the clinch against the fence and instead pushing Brandao against the cage, dirty boxing and catching Diego with a few solid shots to the body, Poirier showed great fight IQ by shooting in for a double, dropping on Brandao’s hips and pulling him down to the mat, still throwing heavy strikes every time he could get his hands free. Diego stood up for the last time and was caught with a signature Diamond left hand, with the ref jumping to stop the fight after 20 seconds of unanswered ground and pound, Dustin taking home another win by the finish.


TUF Nations Finale: Bisping vs Kennedy – April 16th, 2014

In another beautiful display of boxing, Poirier showed why standing with him is a risk for any fighter on the roster, as he caught Akira Corassani with a perfect straight left to lead uppercut 26 seconds into the second round, Corassani tried to circle out of danger straight into Poirier’s power side and was caught with a flurry of body and head shots against the cage, crashing down into the mat as the fight was waved off.


UFC 178 – September 27th, 2014

Dustin had found himself in the path of one Conor McGregor, who, unfortunately for Dustin, was on a one-way trip to be the biggest thing to ever come out of Mixed Martial Arts. The fight build-up was the first time a light was properly shined on Dustin Poirier since his MMA Documentary “Fightville” 3 years prior. A build-up of bad blood, near scuffles and viral moments that still circle the internet to this day, McGregor vs Poirier was set to be one of the more highly anticipated bouts in the FW rankings. Conor came out bladed, throwing spinning back kicks and not giving Dustin a second to breathe. Poirier went on to admit in the future that Conor was completely in his head, and it was no longer an MMA competition to Poirier, but a fight, in which all IQ and gameplan went out the door as soon as McGregor came spinning at him with viking braids and screaming Irish fans in the Las Vegas crowd. Poirier was clipped with a perfectly timed left hook behind the guard by The Notorious one and was left face down on the canvas less than 2 minutes into the fight. Dustin has spoken about this fight as a turning point for him many times, and this is essentially the last time we ever see Dustin Poirier 1.0 in the cage.


UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs Lamas – April 4th 2015

Moving up to Lightweight after the KO loss to McGregor, Dustin was paired up with Carlos Diego Ferreira, a man who is still racking up highlights in the UFC to this day. The bout was over quickly, with Dustin landing early and often, dropping Carlos with a 1,1,2 combo and swarming in for the finish, Carlos reversed the position and managed to get a takedown on Poirier, attempting to pass guard and throw up submissions, Poirier stayed safe and backed away, forcing the ref to stand Carlos up. 3 straight left hands, a right uppercut and some follow-up hammer fists and the fight was over. Poirier with another TKO finish, but this time at 155.



UFC Fight Night: Boetchs vs. Henderson – June 6th, 2015

Another day, another first-round TKO for The Diamond, he was scheduled to face Yancy Mederios at another catchweight bout, this time at 159lbs after Medeiros missed weight. The fight went similar to a lot of DP’s previous bouts, he lands early, defends takedowns or scrambles on the mat, swarms his opponent against the fence as they start to slow down and then unleashes on them with combinations to the head and body until they either aren’t moving anymore or the ref stops it. This one being the latter, as Poirier landed a liver kick that definitely made Medeiros taste his breakfast, Dustin squares up his hips and throws with bad intention, with the ref jumping in to stop the fight at 2:23 in the very first round.


UFC 195 – January 2nd, 2016

6 months back in the gym The Diamond was set to face tough Irish fighter Joe Duffy, who is probably one of the more underrated lightweights of the past 10 years, Poirier had to dig deep and really use the entirety of his MMA game for this fight, boxing, wrestling, ground and pound, elbows and even had to survive a triangle choke that looked like it was getting deep as the round came to a close. Dustin ultimately went to win on the scorecards in what was one of the toughest fights of his career to date, although one of the judges giving a 30-26 scorecard definitely doesn’t reflect that.



UFC 199 – June 4th, 2016

Taking another 6 months between fights, Dustin sharpened his tools in Florida as he was scheduled to face UFC fan favourite and technical boxer Bobby “King” Green, after some good leg kicks and dirty boxing, Poirier landed a clean left-hand moments after Rogan audibly says on commentary that Poirier is “loading up” and “that’s a mistake” which drops Green onto the canvas semi-unconscious, a few finishing blows from Poirier and the ref stops it. A win that looks pretty good even today as Bobby Green is still a popular fighter and consistently fights on the main cards of PPVs.



UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs Johnson – September 17th, 2016

Poirier’s second chance at main eventing goes similar to the first time, as he loses by brutal KO in the first round via the most inconsistent fighter on the roster, Michael Johnson, who on one night could probably beat Jon Jones by gogoplata in the first 12 seconds of the fight, and on another night could get head-kick KO’d by Hasbulla. There is no shame in losing to MJ, but this loss did halt Poirier’s momentum at lightweight, although after this fight Poirier’s striking defence really evolved, with this being his last TKO/KO loss until 2023.



UFC 208 – February 11th, 2017

Aaah, the debut of “Salon Quality” Poirier. Dustin Poirier 3.0. A mythical being that constantly is pulling on his shorts, fixing his hair and pointing at you whenever he lands a big shot, this is the man we have all come to love. And Salon Quality Poirier’s first test was against the literal definition of ‘UFC Vet’ Jim Miller. Miller utilised hard calf kicks throughout the fight which severely impacted Poirier, something he has referenced in numerous interviews since, being one of the most painful post-fight recoveries he has ever gone through to this day. The calf kick, popularised by LW King Benson Henderson, is a technique Dustin would later use to his own advantage in one of the biggest fights in UFC history, but we’ll get to that. Dustin wins on the cards against Miller, with one judge scoring the fight a draw.



UFC 211 – May 13th, 2017

In the first of their two bouts, Poirier and Alvarez were booked for UFC 211, a fight that many expected would be violent and bloody, and that it was. Pretty much the whole fight was a highlight, with Poirier having his moments unleashing combinations against Alvarez who looked like he was about to drop to his knees any moment, head kick, left hand, head kick, left hand, guillotine attempt, left hand, big right hook, Dustin tried to finish the Underground King to no avail, and as Alvarez was tiring, he shot a double leg against Dustin that succeeded and sat Poirier against the cage, and as he tried to stand up, Alvarez landed 3 big illegal knees, with the fight being called off as a no contest.



UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis – November 11th, 2017

Given a chance to main event for the third time, Poirier stood across the cage from UFC Legend Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. This is 2017, and Poirier already has some of the biggest names in the division under his belt, with Pettis being another welcome addition to the resume. It was a decent fight but a very strange finish, with the official result being declared a TKO via body triangle. It seemed like Pettis had damaged a rib or something similar when caught in a tight body triangle and trying to turn to face Poirier. Nevertheless, another finish for DP.



UFC on FOX: Poirier vs. Gaethje – April 14th, 2018

A classic barn burner in Arizona, I don’t think there are many fights I’ve rewatched as much as this one, 4 rounds of non-stop striking magic, with Gaethje (who you could honestly call Gaethje 1.0 in his own right) was landing very, very hard calf kicks from boxing range, something that fighters are still struggling to deal with when fighting Gaethje to this very day, despite this, Dustin timed a left straight on Gaethje as he landed his trademark calf kick, rocking him badly, swarming The Highlight against the fence and finishing him early in the fourth. A win that again, like many on his resume, has aged very well as Gaethje is still in the top 5 of the division and may even be fighting for a title soon.


UFC on FOX: Poirier vs Alvarez 2 – July 28th 2018

After the war with Gaethje, there were talks from Alvarez on who the “most violent” man in the UFC was, aside from belts and win streaks, who was the biggest dog in that cage? Who was the most willing to die in there, and would walk through a storm of bullets to get their hand raised? Poirier vs Alvarez 2 was scheduled for the next UFC on FOX card, and much like the first one was a war, with a strange finish. After mounting Dustin against the cage and throwing elbows, Eddie throws a 12-6, illegal in the rules of the UFC, so the ref stands the fighters up, and then shortly after Dustin connects with a big knee that rocks Eddie, followed by a left hand that sends him reeling back towards the one place you do not want to be against Poirier. The barrage of punches, kicks, knees and elbows Dustin throws in that last 30 seconds answered the most violent man question for us, and Eddie Alvarez, after eating 30-40 consecutive shots from Poirier in the finishing sequence of the fight, eventually drops to his knees from a lethal elbow and fight is waved off. No idea how Eddie wasn’t out cold from some of those shots.


UFC 236 – April 13th, 2019

Almost a year to the day after the war with Gaethje, Dustin was given the opportunity to fight Max Holloway in a rematch for the Interim Lightweight Title, a moment that Dustin described as being “paid in full.” Max had been speed-running a hall-of-fame UFC career himself, after going on a 13-fight win streak that saw him capture the featherweight belt from GOAT Jose Aldo and defend it twice before moving up to 155lbs to try and become a double champ. The fight was an all-time great, with Dustin’s power being a clear difference. Max was landing, but it just wasn’t enough to hurt The Diamond, who just a year before had Justin Gaethje, a massive lightweight in his own right, swinging at him as hard as he could. Dustin wins on the cards and has his moment. Paid in full.


UFC 242 – September 7th, 2019

Dustin gets his chance to unify the belts and fight for the undisputed title against a man that needs no introduction, Khabib Nurmagomedov. As far as Khabib fights go, Dustin performed well, he landed a few good punches on The Eagle and even had a guillotine in at one point, but by round 3, after grappling hard with the lightweight king, Dustin didn’t have the gas in the tank to fight off a rear naked choke attempt, with Khabib finishing Poirier in the third round, losing his first chance at Undisputed Gold.


UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs Hooker – June 27th, 2020

Another one for the record books, Dustin and Dan Hooker went to war, and I don’t mean “Yeah man they went to war!” I mean literally, these men would’ve probably received less damage jumping from a 3rd story building. Dan Hooker has genuinely not looked the same since, and I’m sure this fight probably caused some irreversible damage to both men. Dan Hooker wasn’t a young prospect as such, but the narrative around this fight for some people was it was the up-and-comer vs the veteran Poirier, who was 8 years deep into his UFC career at this point with multiple title shots on his record, but Poirier showed Hooker levels, and went home with the UD victory.


UFC 257 – January 24th, 2021

Poirier vs McGregor 2. One of the most anticipated rematches in Mixed Martial Arts, and at the time, a lot of people were once again counting The Diamond out. “Well, he was KO’d inside 2 minutes last time and looked lost, who says it doesn’t happen again?” Fair enough, good point. But as we’ve covered in this article many times, the man who stood in front of Conor McGregor in 2021, was not the same angry young man that had fallen victim to the mental warfare from the Irishman, this time, Dustin was a seasoned, high level, elite fighter that could be considered one of the best lightweights on the planet, and McGregor was put on notice instantly. Everybody knows this one. The good old calf kick. The very same technique that Jim Miller had stung Poirier with and almost cost him another L on his record. He knew the pain of that next day, he knew how it felt to limp to the post-fight presser, and Poirier made Conor feel every single one, with the Irishman almost bewildered on how to deal with it, often taking the kick full force, reaching down and trying to catch it and land a sloppy left hand. The fight snowballed downhill for McGregor, and before he knew it, guess where he found himself? Back against the cage, rocked from a big straight from Poirier, who was now closing in with vengeance in his eyes, that young angry featherweight came out once again for just a few seconds, as a big check right hook dropped Conor against the cage, with Dustin leaning in and landing the kill shot to KO McGregor. Paid in full once again.


UFC 264 – July 10th, 2021

Shortly after their rematch, Conor demanded the trilogy, The build-up to the rematch was respectful, almost too respectful at times, as both men promoted each other’s side businesses, hugged, took pictures together, and said “I respect this man” in the press conferences about 13 times and even after the fight, Dustin waited around for McGregor to come hobbling out of the dressing room barely able to stand. They both shook hands and expressed their desire for a third one. Fast forward to the trilogy fight and Conor is in full villain mode. Insulting wives, throwing hot sauce bottles, threatening to try to commit homicide in the cage and saying he was literally going to murder Poirier in his sleep. Just a bit of classic McGregor. The fight was just as unpredictable, as the first round was coming to a close, things were looking like they were about to start snowballing for McGregor, with Poirier having the grappling and control advantage and McGregor landing some decent strikes from the bottom. The fighters are stood up, and with only 10 seconds of the round left, Conor steps back on his already injured foot and completely snaps his shin in half, the fight is called off and is ruled a win for Poirier. It is yet to be seen if this is the end of the McGregor vs Poirier saga, as both seem keen on a fourth one down the line.


UFC 269 – December 11th, 2021

Fresh off of newfound fame from the McGregor fights, Dustin was given another shot at Undisputed Gold against none other than Charles Oliveira, in what was an absolute banger and really isn’t talked about enough. Dustin lands some heavy hands on Olives, dropping him to the mat multiple times throughout the fight and overall generally winning the stand-up exchanges, despite Olivera attempting to break Poirier’s ribs with sharp knees to the body, many of which make me physically cringe when I watch them back. And then in the 3rd round, after a striking exchange between the two, Charles enters the clinch and instantly takes Poiriers back against the cage, slowly climbing onto his back and eventually wrapping his legs around Poirier in a body triangle, latching up a standing rear naked choke, and after a few attempts to fight the hands from Dustin, Charles eventually sinks it in deep, and forces the tap from Dustin. Falling short once again in an Undisputed UFC Title fight.

UFC 281 – November 12th, 2022

A regular main event-er at this point, Dustin’s return after the loss was against Iron Michael “Pull Up Your Bootstraps” Chandler, in what was a war, with Chandler honestly coming on strong from the opening bell and landing some big shots on Dustin, backing him up to the fence with some wild looping combinations, but thats the problem, looping, Dustin is just too deep into this game to get KO’d by a winging right hook from a erratic Chandler. He kept his guard up and rolled with the punches, eventually catching Chandler with a perfectly timed counter punch of his own. The fight played out similar to the wars with Gaethje and Alvarez, with Poirier managing to get the back of Chandler in the third round after Chandler tried to slam Poirier on his head and a scramble ensued, Dustin, for the second time in his career, gets finished with a technique and then comes out in his next fight and gets a finish with it himself. Third-round rear naked choke submission for The Diamond.


UFC 291 – July 30th, 2023

Remember when Poirier rematched Alvarez and there were talks of who the “most violent man in the UFC” was? Well, they turned it into a belt. I won’t go into the history of the BMF title, I’m sure we are all familiar, but Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje were scheduled to rematch at UFC 291 for it. An official medal for being recognised as a gladiator. Not just a fighter that wants to lay and pray or jab and leg kick from the outside to win, but a fighter that leaves everything in the octagon. A fighter that doesn’t plan for tomorrow. Not any fighter can fight for this belt, and although it is a little bit silly, it does speak volumes about the wars that both Poirier and Gaethje have been in. The fight started in Dustin’s favour, with him landing a big left straight in the first round that stunned Gaethje and put him on wobbly legs, but he braced and got through the round, landing his own strikes, mirroring Dustin Poiriers’ classic shift through the combo. (I am not clever enough to fully explain this technique, I’ll leave that to Jack Slack) The second round was going much like the first, and then out of nowhere, Justin Gaethje threw a head kick. He had tried it a couple of times throughout the first round but this one really landed perfectly. The cross-head kick counter that Leon Edwards had slept Gaethje’s long-time training partner Kamaru Usman with had just won him the BMF belt and avenged his loss against Poirier, amazing moment for Justin Gaethje. And only minutes after he was knocked out cold, Dustin was on his feet congratulating Gaethje, all smiles, just excited to get back to his family and move on to the next one.


Writing this article, it’s easy for me to see why Dustin’s UFC 291 post-fight statements of “I’ve already won in life” ring true. This is a man who started like every other rough-and-ready MMA fighter of the early 2010s. A shaved head, some tattoos, a pair of shorts and a nasty side, and we have watched him blossom into a complete elite-level mixed martial artist right in front of our very eyes. From losing his WEC debut, an event that would steer a lot of athletes away from the sport, to beating Grispi on a 10-fight winning streak, and then going on to beat some of the best lightweights in the sport, giving a good account of himself in every title fight he has been in, winning some and losing some, Dustin Poirier is a special breed of fighter that only come around every once in a while. A true gladiator. A man that is willing to give years of his life to entertain. It was a pleasure going through every fight of this man’s career and I just want to say, as a fan, as a student and as a writer of this sport, Dustin, thank you for everything. And I cannot wait for the next one.

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