Dustin Poirier

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Dustin Poirier
Born Dustin Aristotle Poirier
(1989-01-19) January 19, 1989 (age 27)
Other names The Diamond
Residence Lafayette, Louisiana
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight (current)
Reach 72.0 in (183 cm)[1]
Style Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida, United States
Team American Top Team
Rank Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active 2009-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 25
Wins 20
By knockout 10
By submission 6
By decision 4
Losses 5
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 2
Website Official UFC Profile
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Dustin Aristotle Poirier[3] (born January 19, 1989) is an American mixed martial artist, currently competing as a Lightweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of June 20, 2016 Poirier is #9 in the official UFC lightweight rankings.[4] Poirier is one of the subjects of the documentary Fightville by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker, which examines the mixed martial arts scene in southern Louisiana.[5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Poirier turned professional in 2009, quickly compiled a record of 7-0, competing mostly in regional promotions across his native Louisiana and the Southern United States.

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

Poirier lost a unanimous decision to Danny Castillo in his WEC debut on August 18, 2010 at WEC 50.[6]

Poirier defeated Zach Micklewright via first round TKO on November 11, 2010 at WEC 52.[7]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[8]

After the UFC/WEC merger, newly crowned UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo was set to make his first defence against No. 1 contender Josh Grispi at UFC 125. Aldo then had to withdraw from the bout due to a back injury on November 23, 2010. Poirier agreed to step in and face Grispi at the event on January 1, 2011.[9] Poirier won the fight by unanimous decision.

Poirier was expected to face Rani Yahya on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131.[10] However, Yahya was forced from the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer, Jason Young.[11] Poirier defeated Young via unanimous decision after three rounds.

Poirier faced Pablo Garza on November 12, 2011 at UFC on Fox 1.[12] Poirier defeated Garza via second round D'arce choke.

Poirier was expected to face Erik Koch on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143.[13] However, Koch pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Ricardo Lamas.[14] Then, just two weeks later, Lamas had to withdraw from the fight with an injury, leaving Poirier again without an opponent.[15] A week later, UFC newcomer Max Holloway agreed to step in to fight Poirier. Poirier defeated Holloway in the first round, with a triangle-armbar from the mount position.

Poirier faced Chan Sung Jung on May 15, 2012 in the main event at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier.[16] Jung defeated Poirier via submission (D'arce Choke) in the fourth round. The performance earned both participants Fight of the Night honors. The bout was honored as Fight of the Year by several publications at the conclusion of 2012.[17]

Poirier defeated Jonathan Brookins on December 15, 2012 at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale via D'arce Choke.[18]

Poirier quickly returned to action, taking his second fight within 63 days as he stepped in as a replacement for an injured Dennis Siver.[19] He faced Cub Swanson in the co-main event on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald. Poirier lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Poirier faced Erik Koch on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164.[20] Poirier hurt Koch with punches throughout the fight, winning the bout via unanimous decision.

Poirier faced Diego Brandão on December 28, 2013 at UFC 168.[21] He won the fight via KO in the first round.

Poirier faced Akira Corassani at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale.[22] He won the fight via TKO in the second round. The win also earned Poirier his second Fight of the Night bonus award.[23]

Poirier faced Conor McGregor on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178.[24] He lost the fight by TKO in the first round. This resulted in him being stopped by strikes for the first time in his career. On his match with Conor McGregor he said “I always saw it as a plus but the Conor [McGregor] fight was the turning point. I remember I was backstage getting ready to walk out and I saw him and he threw this smile and pointed at me. I don’t know why but it really got to me, man. It really messed with my head."[25] One of the punches landed by Poirier knocked one of McGregors teeth out (you can see this in the fight replay at the judges decision).

Poirier faced Carlos Diego Ferreira in a lightweight bout on April 4, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 63.[26] He won the fight via KO in the first round.[27] The win also earned Poirier his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[28]

Poirier faced Yancy Medeiros on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68.[29] He won the fight via TKO in the first round, after dropping Medeiros twice with punches.[30] The win also earned Poirier his second Performance of the Night bonus award.[31]

Poirier was expected to face Joseph Duffy on October 24, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 76.[32] However, Duffy pulled out of the fight on October 21, three days prior to the event, after sustaining a concussion during a sparring session.[33] In turn, the pairing was rescheduled and took place on January 2, 2016 at UFC 195.[34] Poirier won the fight by unanimous decision.[35]

Poirier next faced Bobby Green on June 4, 2016 at UFC 199.[36] He won the fight via KO in the first round.[37]

Poirier faced Michael Johnson on September 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 94.[38] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[39]

Fighting Style[edit]

Poirier is a well rounded fighter with both submissions and knockouts in his resumee. In striking, he uses both power shots and combinations but relies on his boxing much more than on his kicks. He especially deals damage when his opponents are pinned up against the cage, like in the Yancy Medeiros bout. On the ground he employs a wide array of sweeps, passes and submissions, with the D' Arce Choke being a favourite. In more recent bouts he described himself as a Thugjitsu fighter in honor of the retired veteran Yves Edwards.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 20–5 Michael Johnson KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Johnson September 17, 2016 1 1:35 Hidalgo, Texas, United States
Win 20–4 Bobby Green KO (punches) UFC 199 June 4, 2016 1 2:52 Inglewood, California, United States
Win 19–4 Joseph Duffy Decision (unanimous) UFC 195 January 2, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 18–4 Yancy Medeiros TKO (body kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson June 6, 2015 1 2:38 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Catchweight (159.5 lbs) bout; Medeiros missed weight. Performance of the Night.
Win 17–4 Carlos Diego Ferreira KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas April 4, 2015 1 3:45 Fairfax, Virginia, United States Return to Lightweight. Performance of the Night.
Loss 16–4 Conor McGregor TKO (punches) UFC 178 September 27, 2014 1 1:46 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–3 Akira Corassani TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale: Bisping vs. Kennedy April 16, 2014 2 0:42 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Fight of the Night.
Win 15–3 Diego Brandão KO (punches) UFC 168 December 28, 2013 1 4:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (151.5 lbs) bout; Brandão missed weight.
Win 14–3 Erik Koch Decision (unanimous) UFC 164 August 31, 2013 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 13–3 Cub Swanson Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald February 16, 2013 3 5:00 London, England
Win 13–2 Jonathan Brookins Submission (D'Arce choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale December 15, 2012 1 4:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 12–2 Chan Sung Jung Technical Submission (D'Arce choke) UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier May 15, 2012 4 1:07 Fairfax, Virginia, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 12–1 Max Holloway Submission (mounted triangle armbar) UFC 143 February 4, 2012 1 3:23 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Submission of the Night.
Win 11–1 Pablo Garza Submission (D'Arce choke) UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos November 12, 2011 2 1:32 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 10–1 Jason Young Decision (unanimous) UFC 131 June 11, 2011 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 9–1 Josh Grispi Decision (unanimous) UFC 125 January 1, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Featherweight debut.
Win 8–1 Zach Micklewright TKO (punches) WEC 52 November 11, 2010 1 0:53 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 7–1 Danny Castillo Decision (unanimous) WEC 50 August 18, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–0 Derek Gauthier KO (punch) Ringside MMA June 18, 2010 1 0:57 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 6–0 Derek Krantz Submission (armbar) USA MMA - Night of Champions 2 March 6, 2010 2 3:35 Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
Win 5–0 Ronny Lis Technical Submission (armbar) USA MMA - Border War 2 November 13, 2009 1 0:51 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Win 4–0 Daniel Watts KO (punches) Bang FC October 31, 2009 1 1:26 Greenville, Mississippi, United States
Win 3–0 Joe Torrez TKO (punches) USA MMA 8 - Natural Disaster 3 August 1, 2009 1 2:37 New Iberia, Louisiana, United States
Win 2–0 Nate Jolly Submission (armbar) Cajun FC June 26, 2009 2 3:54 New Iberia, Louisiana, United States
Win 1–0 Aaron Suarez KO (punches) USA MMA 7 - River City Rampage May 16, 2009 1 1:19 Shreveport, Louisiana, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Boetsch vs. Henderson". UFC.com. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dustin Poirier - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/2012%20Results%20Web/02-04-12%20MMA.pdf
  4. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  5. ^ "Fightville MMA Documentary with UFCs Dustin Poirier Release Date details and video trailer". mmamania.com. March 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Danny Castillo vs. newcomer Dustin Poirier a late addition to WEC 50 fight card". mmjunkie.com. 2010-07-26. 
  7. ^ "Zack Micklewright vs. Dustin Poirier targeted for WEC 52 in November". MMAjunkie.com. 2010-09-18. 
  8. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Dustin Poirier Steps In To Face Josh Grispi at UFC 125". MMAWeekly.com. November 24, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Dustin Poirier vs. Rani Yahya Targeted For UFC 131". Heavy.com. February 19, 2011. 
  11. ^ "With Yahya Injured, Poirier now meets newcomer Young at UFC 131". MMAJunkie. May 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Dustin Poirier vs. Pablo Garza Announced as First Bout for Fox Fight Night Nov 12". MMAWeekly.com. August 18, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  13. ^ "Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier added to February's UFC 143 event". mmajunkie.com. 2011-11-15. 
  14. ^ "Replacement Ricardo Lamas meets Dustin Poirier at UFC 143 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. December 21, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Ricardo Lamas Injured, Out of UFC 143 Fight Against Dustin Poirier". HeavyMMA.com. January 4, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung headlines UFC on FX 3 in Virginia". mmajunkie.com. February 10, 2012. 
  17. ^ "2012 Fight of the Year: Chan-Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier". mmafighting.com. December 21, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Dustin Poirier set to face Jonathan Brookins at TUF 16 Finale". mmafighting.com. October 21, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Dustin Poirier replaces Dennis Siver, meets Cub Swanson at UFC on FUEL TV 7". mmajunkie.com. January 17, 2013. 
  20. ^ Jeff Cain (2013-05-23). "Dustin Poirier vs. Erik Koch Has Been Added to the UFC 164 Fight Card in Milwaukee". mmaweekley.com. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  21. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2013-09-19). "UFC 168 gets Dustin Poirier vs. Diego Brandao". mmafighting.com. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  22. ^ Staff (2014-02-28). "Dustin Poirier meets Akira Corassani at TUF Nations Finale". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  23. ^ Staff (2014-04-16). "TUF Nations Finale bonuses: Poirier, Corrasani earn 'Fight of the Night' awards". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  24. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2014-07-22). "Conor McGregor-Dustin Poirier Featherweight Clash Official for UFC 178 in Las Vegas". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  25. ^ Simon, Zane (4 July 2016). "Conor McGregor reflects on fight against Conor McGregor". Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  26. ^ Staff (2015-01-17). "Dustin Poirier returns to 155, meets Diego Ferreira at UFC Fight Night 63 in Fairfax, Va.". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-01-17. 
  27. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-04-04). "UFC Fight Night 63 results: Dustin Poirier smashes Diego Ferreira in 155 return". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  28. ^ Staff (2015-04-04). "UFC Fight Night 63 bonuses: Four get $50,000 for 'Performance of the Night' efforts". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  29. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2015-04-07). "Dustin Poirier vs. Yancy Medeiros booked for UFC Fight Night in New Orleans". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  30. ^ Thomas Myers (2015-06-06). "UFC Fight Night 68 results: Dustin Poirier torches Yancy Medeiros, who shows off ridiculous chin". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2015-06-06. 
  31. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-06-07). "UFC Fight Night 68 bonuses: Dustin Poirier gets $50,000 in front of home fans". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  32. ^ Tom Rooney (2015-07-29). "Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier headlines UFC Fight Night 77 in Dublin". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  33. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2015-10-21). "Joseph Duffy out of UFC Fight Night 76, Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka set as new main event". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  34. ^ Staff (2015-10-28). "Scrapped Dustin Poirier vs. Joseph Duffy fight rebooked for UFC 195 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  35. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-01-02). "UFC 195 results: Dustin Poirier stays strong at 155, dominates Joseph Duffy in bloodbath". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  36. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2016-03-14). "Dustin Poirier vs. Bobby Green scheduled for UFC 199". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-03-14. 
  37. ^ Dave Doyle (2016-06-04). "UFC 199 results: Dustin Poirier knocks out Bobby Green for fourth straight win". Retrieved 2016-06-05. 
  38. ^ Mike Henken (2016-07-18). "Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Johnson set to headline UFC Hidalgo". lowkickmma.com. Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  39. ^ Marc Raimondi (2016-09-17). "UFC Fight Night 94 results: Michael Johnson knocks out Dustin Poirier, talks crap over his fallen body". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  40. ^ "MMAJunkie's Fight of the Month for April 2014". mmajunkie.com. 2014-05-03. 
  41. ^ Meltzer, Dave (January 23, 2013). "The 2012 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Annual Awards Issue". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, California. ISSN 1083-9593. 

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