Dustin Poirier
The Diamond

USA

Legendary effort in epic brawl
LightweightUFC
June 27, 2020
Poirier defeated Dan Hooker via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-46) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a legendary encounter between two of the toughest men walking planet Earth today. Poirier and Hooker threw everything -- including the kitchen sink -- at each other and it was "The Diamond" who somehow managed to come out on top. Poirier managed to survive the first two rounds when Hooker was at his best. He ate countless combinations that would have floored any mere mortal. Hooker began to fade just a tad as the fight progressed, and Poirier took advantage. Dustin landed 97 total strikes over the course of the final ten minutes compared to just 48 from Hooker. Both men were in constant danger over the course of the 25-minute fight, but Poirier was clearly the fresher man in the later stages, and that made the difference. Truth be told, there was really no loser in this one. Both men went home with a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus in addition to earning the respect of fans and fellow fighters alike. Poirier remains firmly in the title conservation at 155 pounds.
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Favored in clash with Hooker
LightweightUFC
June 22, 2020
Poirier enters the week as a (-220) betting favorite for his lightweight matchup against Dan Hooker at UFC on ESPN 12 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This was a bout finalized in late-May and once rumored to occur on Fight Island, but it will remain at the Apex Center in Las Vegas, which features the same 25-foot cage that the company has used for the past three weeks. Despite a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in his last fight, Poirier had previously won four consecutive bouts with three finishes, earning a post-fight bonus in each of those efforts. That included a stoppage against Justin Gaethje, who is in line for a chance at Nurmagomedov's belt later in 2020. With respect to the upcoming bout, Poirier will give up three inches in both height and reach to Hooker, though it's Poirer that will enter with statistically superior marks in striking offense, striking defense and takedown average. Both men are incredibly difficult to put away, so expect a fan-friendly, high-scoring affair.
Tentative date set for Hooker clash
LightweightUFC
May 23, 2020
Poirier (hip) is in line to face Dan Hooker in a lightweight fight for the UFC's June 27 card at a yet-to-be-determined location, Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
According to the report, the promotion hopes to hold Poirier's upcoming bout at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, but Hooker's availability to fight is contingent on travel restrictions being lifted that would allow the latter to make the trip over from New Zealand. If the June 27 fight between the two doesn't materialize, the bout would likely be moved to the UFC's "Fight Island" event in July. With respect to the matchup, Poirier will be giving up roughly three inches in both height and reach to Hooker. Both land high striking volumes, but Poirier has the edge both offensively and defensively, even with a much larger sample size. Poirier also has an edge in offensive wrestling, though Hooker does have a 78 percent takedown defense. Oddsmakers pegged Poirier as approximately a (-170) betting favorite shortly after the announcement of the bout.
UFC San Diego called off
LightweightUFC
April 2, 2020
Poirier (hip) will no longer face Dan Hooker in the main event of UFC San Diego on May 16, as the California State Athletic Commission has cancelled all combat sports events until June due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Poirier hasn't made the walk to the Octagon since last September's loss to current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, as he required minor hip surgery after that matchup. He had put together a four-fight winning streak leading up to his title shot, and was listed as a (-170) betting favorite for the proposed matchup against Hooker, the company's No. 5-ranked lightweight. UFC President Dana White remains adamant about keeping up with as normal of a schedule as possible, including following through with plans for UFC 249 on April 18, but it's unclear what that means for the future of this specific bout. The UFC could reschedule for late-summer or fall, attempt to include it in the spring calendar at a separate date/location or scrap it altogether.
Will undergo surgery
LightweightUFC
October 22, 2019
Poirier will undergo hip surgery that will likely keep him out of action until February or March, Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Poirier had initially hoped to fight as early as January after losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov via submission in September. However, that timeline will now be pushed back approximately six weeks after lingering hip issues will force Poirier to undergo surgery to repair multiple tears in his labrum. The surgery will likely help Poirier in the future and hopefully prevent any future tears, but will push back his return to the Octagon.
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.