Dustin Poirier

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Matchup with Diaz falls through
January 4, 2022
Poirier won't be fighting Nate Diaz in the near future after talks stalled Tuesday, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
The bout was previously reported as being agreed upon, but an agreement was never finalized and is now apparently on hold. Interest remains in both camps, but Poirier and Diaz will need to wait until later in the year to face off, assuming they do eventually meet in the Octagon.
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Fight against Diaz in the works
January 4, 2022
Poirier has agreed to fight Nate Diaz on an upcoming UFC card, though the bout is yet to be finalized, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Poirier is reportedly ready to move to welterweight and accept the fight on short notice as he looks to bounce back from a lightweight title loss against Charles Oliveira in December. Exactly when the fight will take place is not yet clear, though it's expected to happen within the next six weeks.
Quest for title comes up short
December 11, 2021
Poirier came up short in his quest for the UFC Lightweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Charles Oliveira via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:02 of Round 2 at UFC 269 in Las Vegas.
Poirier deserves credit for his openness in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan. Dustin stated that the plan was to take his time and try to draw Oliveira into the championship rounds, but he instead got dragged into a brawl that he ultimately couldn't win. To be fair, it appeared as if Poirier might get a stoppage victory in the early moments of the fight. He clobbered Charles with countless clean power shots, but Oliveira survived and took control of the fight in Round 2. Dustin spent a good portion of the second round on his back conceding position, and it got no better when the two men returned to their feet at the start of Round 3. There's zero doubt Poirier is the better striker of the two and has considerably more power, but Charles made this a dirty fight, and that played to his advantage. Dustin has now come up short in his two attempts at the undisputed UFC Lightweight Championship. The first loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in September 2019 is understandable considering how dominant a fighter Khabib was, but this appeared to be a winnable fight. Poirier has significant work to do to get back to the front of the line in a loaded 155-pound division.
Going for lightweight title Dec. 11
September 1, 2021
Poirier will be looking to take the lightweight title away from Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 on Dec. 11, MMAFighting.com reports.
Poirier is coming off his second straight win over Conor McGregor back in July to take the trilogy from the Irishman. Overall, Poirier has won seven of his last eight bouts with his lone blemish being in a title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov back in September of 2019. Despite not having the belt, Poirier is atop the lightweight divisional rankings. Oliveira won the lightweight belt back in May with his knockout win over Michael Chandler.
Takes trilogy from Conor McGregor
July 10, 2021
Poirier defeated Conor McGregor via TKO (doctor's stoppage) at 5:00 of Round 1 at UFC 264 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's not the way Poirier wanted to win and it's an anti-climatic ending to one of the biggest trilogies in the history of the sport, but there was once again little doubt who the better fighter was on this night. McGregor got off fast with some leg kicks and a few spinning shots, but the tide completely turned when Dustin forced Conor up against the cage and the later decided to go for a guillotine attempt instead of trying to properly defend the takedown. McGregor eventually found himself on his back with Dustin raining down uncontested shots. Conor eventually got back to his feet with seconds left to go in the round, at which point he took an awkward step backwards and appeared to snap his lower ankle/leg. The fight was immediately waived off by referee Herb Dean and the cageside doctors. As crazy as it sounds, it's best for Poirier's career that this McGregor circus has come to an end. He obviously made a bunch of money from it and can now go about his quest for Charles Oliveira's UFC Lightweight Championship, for which he is almost certainly next in line. Dustin has lost once dating back to September 2016, and that came against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
First to the scales
July 9, 2021
Poirier and opponent Conor McGregor are both on weight for Saturday's main event at UFC 264.
While there is no belt on the line Saturday, Poirier and McGregor will be fighting to declare a winner in their trilogy, with a title shot almost certainly next up for the winner. Physically, the two match up almost identically, with both standing at 5-foot-9 and McGregor owning a slight reach advantage. Both are high-volume strikers with similar accuracy numbers, while Poirier likely has the edge in most grappling situations. Poirier used leg kicks to his advantage in their most recent matchup, taking out Conor's base before ultimately initiating the fight-ended sequence in Round 2. Whether McGregor is able to make an adjustment to check those kicks will be a key factor in determining Saturday's outcomes. The matchup appears to be a close one at the sportsbooks, with Poirier checking in as a slight betting favorite of approximately (-130) as of Friday morning.