Dustin Poirier in 2011
Dustin Glenn Poirier|
January 19, 1989
Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
|Other names||The Diamond|
|Residence||Lafayette, Louisiana, United States|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
Lightweight (2009-2010, 2015-present)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida, United States|
American Top Team (2012-present)|
Gladiators Academy (2009-2012)
|Trainer||Tim Credeur (2009-2012)|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Website||Official UFC Profile|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Dustin Glenn Poirier (born January 19, 1989) is an American mixed martial artist, currently competing as a Lightweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2009, he formerly competed for Bang FC and the WEC. As of April 27, 2018, Poirier is #4 in the official UFC Lightweight rankings. 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.
- 1 Early years
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Training
- 4 Fighting Style
- 5 Charity
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Filmography
- 8 Championships and accomplishments
- 9 Mixed martial arts record
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Poirier is from Lafayette, Louisiana and is of French descent, specifically he is of Cajun heritage. Poirier wrestled at Northside High School (Lafayette, Louisiana). He relocated to South Florida with his wife Jolie for training purposes.
Mixed martial arts career
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. He defeated Daniel Watts on October 31st 2009 by knockout in the first round at Bang FC.
World Extreme Cagefighting
Ultimate Fighting Championship
After the UFC/WEC merger, newly crowned UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo was set to make his first defense 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. Poirier won the fight by unanimous decision.
Poirier was expected to face Rani Yahya on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131. However, Yahya was forced from the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer, Jason Young. Poirier defeated Young via unanimous decision after three rounds.
Poirier was expected to face Erik Koch on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143. However, Koch pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Ricardo Lamas. Then, just two weeks later, Lamas had to withdraw from the fight with an injury, leaving Poirier again without an opponent. A week later, 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. This was the first time Poirier has been put on the main event. 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.
Poirier quickly returned to action, taking his second fight within 63 days as he stepped in as a replacement for an injured Dennis Siver. He faced Cub Swanson in the co-main event on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald. During the fight, both fighters landed punches which appeared to hurt the other. Poirier scored leg kicks and double leg takedowns. Swanson retaliated with head kicks and submission attempts. Poirier lost the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
Poirier faced Erik Koch on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164. Poirier hurt Koch with punches throughout the fight, knocking him down with a punch near the end of round 1 and nearly finishing the fight, he ended up winning the bout via unanimous decision. After the win, Poirier wanted a rematch with Cub Swanson. He told reporter Ariel Helwani that Swanson must "be a man".
Poirier faced Conor McGregor on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178. 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."
After the loss, Poirier moved to fight in the Lightweight division. Poirier said that it was because weight cuts are distracting him from training. He also claimed that he would never go back to featherweight nor move up to welterweight. "This is the division (lightweight) I'm going to win the belt at," said Poirier in an interview.
Poirier faced Carlos Diego Ferreira in a lightweight bout on April 4, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 63. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. The win also earned Poirier his first Performance of the Night bonus award and a disclosed pay of $118,000, the highest disclosed pay received by Poirier so far.
Poirier faced Yancy Medeiros on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68. He won the fight via TKO in the first round, after dropping Medeiros twice with punches. The win also earned Poirier his second Performance of the Night bonus award.
Poirier was expected to face Joseph Duffy on October 24, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 76. However, Duffy pulled out of the fight on October 21, three days prior to the event, after sustaining a concussion during a sparring session. In turn, the pairing was rescheduled and took place on January 2, 2016 at UFC 195. Poirier won the fight by unanimous decision. After the bout, Poirier was hospitalized for a broken nose. He had a lay off for six weeks due to the injury.
Poirier next faced Bobby Green on June 4, 2016 at UFC 199. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. Poirier received a disclosed pay of $110,000, the second highest disclosed pay received by Poirier so far.
Poirier challenged Jim Miller on February 11, 2017 at UFC 208. Poirier punched Miller against the fence, which appeared to hurt Miller. In return, Miller repeatedly kicked Poirier's legs. Later on, Miller swept Poirier onto the mat and failed a kimura attempt. Poirier won the back-and-forth fight via majority decision. The win also earned Poirier $50,000 and his third Fight of the Night bonus award. Due to injuries sustained during the fight, Poirier was suspended indefinitely.
After the suspension, Poirier fought Eddie Alvarez on May 13, 2017 at UFC 211. Poirier rocked Alvarez in the second round, but was subsequently dropped when Alvarez landed two illegal knees while Poirier was against the fence. With the Texas commission not operating under the new unified rules, referee Herb Dean declared the fight a No Contest as he did not believe Alvarez knew Poirier was a grounded opponent at the time.
Poirier faced Anthony Pettis on November 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 120. He won the fight after Pettis tapped out due to a possible broken rib in the third round, although it was announced as a TKO win. This fight also won him the Fight of the Night bonus award.
After the Pettis fight, Poirier signed a new contract with UFC albeit he had three fights remaining in his previous contract. Poirier faced Justin Gaethje on April 14, 2018 at UFC on Fox 29 in Glendale, Arizona. He won the fight via TKO in the fourth round. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night bonus award.
Poirier is scheduled to face Eddie Alvarez in a rematch on July 28, 2018 at UFC on Fox 30 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Their last fight was at UFC 211 which ended in a no contest after Alvarez landed two illegal knees that rendered the fight to be stopped and called a no contest after Poirier couldn't see 
Brought up in the MMA system, Poirier is a well rounded fighter. In close range, Poirier utilises power punches like overhands, as seen in his bout with Diego Brandao. He also uses jabs and teeps to set up more powerful strikes, like a cross. Some media outlets say that Poirier has powerful left hooks and front kicks. Other outlets regard Poirier's footwork as average and his strike defences as lacking. His knockout ability was witnessed at Bang FC in 2009 when defeated Daniel Watts by knockout in the first round.
In more recent bouts he described himself as a Thugjitsu fighter in honor of the retired veteran Yves Edwards.
Poirier auctioned his UFC 211 kit on eBay to raise money for Second Harvest Food Bank. The highest bidder paid $5,100 for Poirier's shirt, gloves, cap, hand wraps and shorts. Poirier proceeded to auction his UFC Fight Night 120 and UFC on Fox 29 fight kits as well. The money raised went to the family of a deceased Lafayette police officer and the Acadiana Outreach Center respectively. 
Poirier got his first tattoo at the age of 14. Currently, his chest and arms are covered in tattoos, including two Japanese characters on his chest. Poirier has a wife, Jolie, who became pregnant in December 2015. The couple had their first child, Parker Noelle Poirier, on August 20, 2016.
|2016||EA Sports UFC 2||Himself||Playable character|
|2018||EA Sports UFC 3||Himself||Playable character|
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- ESPN MMA Awards
- Fight of the Year (2012) vs. Jung Chan-Sung on May 15
- Sherdog Awards
- Fight of the Year (2012) vs. Jung Chan-Sung on May 15
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Bang FC
- Knockout (2009)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|29 matches||23 wins||5 losses|
|Win||23–5 (1)||Justin Gaethje||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje||April 14, 2018||4||0:33||Glendale, Arizona, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||22–5 (1)||Anthony Pettis||TKO (rib injury)||UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis||November 11, 2017||3||2:08||Norfolk, Virginia, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|NC||21–5 (1)||Eddie Alvarez||NC (illegal knees)||UFC 211||May 13, 2017||2||4:12||Dallas, Texas, United States||Alvarez landed illegal knees to Poirier's head, who was a downed opponent.|
|Win||21–5||Jim Miller||Decision (majority)||UFC 208||February 11, 2017||3||5:00||Brooklyn, New York, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|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|
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