Dustin Poirier
The Diamond
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.
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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.
To welcome back Nate Diaz as MSG
LightweightUFC
August 3, 2018
Poirier will take on Nate Diaz in a lightweight matchup at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Poirier has won three consecutive bouts against some of the top lightweights the promotion has to offer, and had originally planned to hold out for an opportunity to fight for the belt. The allure and earnings potential of a fight with a well-known name like Diaz will change that course of action. Poirier will concede height and reach advantages to Diaz, but has the edge statistically in the striking and wrestling departments. He's also the younger fighter, but the biggest advantage he'll have is recent activity. Poirier has competed under the UFC banner six times since Diaz lost to Conor McGregor back in August of 2016.
Stops Eddie Alvarez, in discussion for title shot
LightweightUFC
July 28, 2018
Poirier defeated Eddie Alvarez via TKO (strikes) at 4:05 of Round 2 at UFC on FOX 30 on Saturday in Calgary.
ANALYSIS
What a war. Poirier got his win, but he had to dig deep for it and he was a bit lucky. Seemingly in trouble on the mat in the middle stages of Round 2, an illegal elbow by Alvarez forced referee Marc Goddard to reset the fighters in the middle of the cage and Poirier took full advantage. He clocked Alvarez with a beautiful knee before following it up with countless power shots. Goddard gave Alvarez more than enough time to recover, but he was unable to do so. As has been the case for years, Poirier remains one of the most underrated fighters on the roster. Since losing to Conor McGregor in September 2014, "The Diamond" is sporting a 8-1 (1NC) record in his last 10 fights. He called for a fight with UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in his post-fight interview with FOX Sports' Jon Anik, and he's not out of line asking for a title shot. Dustin would be a healthy underdog if that matchup comes to fruition, but the fact it's even a possibility tells you how far Poirier has come in recent years.
Will fight Eddie Alvarez at UFC on FOX 30
LightweightUFC
May 10, 2018
Poirier will face off against Eddie Alvarez at UFC on FOX 30 in Calgary on July 28, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The two lightweight contenders are set for a rematch. They previously fought last may at UFC 211. However, the match came to an unusual end, with Alvarez connecting illegal knees to the head of a downed Poirer. As a result, the bout was declared a no-contest.