Dustin Poirier in 2011
|Born||Dustin Glenn Poirier|
January 19, 1989
Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Division||Lightweight (2009–2010, 2015–present)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida, United States|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Tim Credeur|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Dustin Glenn Poirier (born January 19, 1989) is an American professional mixed martial artist, who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), in which he competes in the Lightweight division. He is a former UFC Interim Lightweight Champion. A professional competitor since 2009, Poirier has competed in the WEC as well as the UFC. As of June 30, 2020, he is #2 in the UFC lightweight rankings and #9 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings.
Poirier was born on January 19, 1989, in Lafayette, Louisiana, and is of French descent, specifically he is of Cajun heritage. Poirier wrestled at Northside High School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Dustin still spends most of his time in Lafayette with his wife Jolie and their daughter, but trains at American Top Team in South Florida, where he relocates before fights. 
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 31, 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 José 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: Barão 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 was the first time Poirier was stopped by strikes. After the match, Poirier 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 via TKO after Pettis tapped out due to a broken rib when Poirier applied a body triangle in the third round. 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. He won the fight via TKO in the fourth round. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night bonus award.
Poirier faced Eddie Alvarez in a rematch on July 28, 2018, in the main event at UFC on Fox 30. He won the fight via TKO in the second round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
On August 3, 2018, it was announced that Poirier had agreed to fight Nate Diaz on November 3, 2018, in Madison Square Garden. The bout was expected to be the co-headliner of UFC 230. However, on October 10, 2018, it was announced that Poirier pulled out due to a hip injury and as a result the bout was cancelled.
Poirier faced Max Holloway for the Interim UFC Lightweight Championship on April 13, 2019, at UFC 236. He won the fight by unanimous decision. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.
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. In April 2018, Poirier and his wife founded the Good Fight Foundation. 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 also auctioned his UFC on FOX fight kit and used the money raised to buy 500 backpacks for school children in his hometown of Lafayette.
After his bout with Nurmagomedov at UFC 242, the two swapped shirts after the fight. In his post-fight interview Nurmagomedov said that he would be selling the shirt Poirier gave him and donating the proceeds to Poirier's charity. Likewise Poirier announced that he would be auctioning off his UFC 242 fighting equipment to raise funds for the foundation. After the event, Poirier auctioned his fight kit with Nurmagomedov's walkout shirt for $60,200. Simultaneously, Nurmagomedov sold Poirier's walkout shirt for $100,000 which was matched by Dana White to combine total of $200,000 donation to Poirier's foundation. According to Poirier, his foundation is working with Justin Wren's Fight for the Forgotten to help provide clean drinking water to the Batwa Pygmy children of Uganda.
Poirier was set to face Garry Tonon in a grappling match at SubStars event on February 21, 2020, from which Poirier was supposed to be donating his ticket and PPV sales and part of his purse to his foundation. However Tonon suffered an injury a week before the match and the bout was cancelled.
On June 26, 2020, Poirier was awarded the Forrest Griffin Community Award by UFC for his charity works.
Poirier got his first tattoo at the age of 14. Currently, his chest and arms are covered in tattoos, including three Japanese characters on his chest that say bushidō (武士道, "the way of warriors"). Poirier has a wife named Jolie. 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
- Interim UFC Lightweight Championship (One time)
- Fight of the Night (Seven times) vs. Jung Chan-Sung, Akira Corassani, Jim Miller, Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, Max Holloway and Dan Hooker
- Submission of the Night (One time) vs. Max Holloway
- Performance of the Night (Three times) vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira, Yancy Medeiros, and Eddie Alvarez
- 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
- MMA Fighting
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Bang FC
- Knockout (2009)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|33 matches||26 wins||6 losses|
|Win||26–6 (1)||Dan Hooker||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker||June 27, 2020||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||25–6 (1)||Khabib Nurmagomedov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 242||September 7, 2019||3||2:06||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||For the undisputed UFC Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||25–5 (1)||Max Holloway||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 236||April 13, 2019||5||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||Won the interim UFC Lightweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||24–5 (1)||Eddie Alvarez||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2||July 28, 2018||2||4:05||Calgary, Alberta, Canada||Performance of the Night.|
|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. Gaethje was deducted one point in round 3 due to an eye-poke.|
|Win||22–5 (1)||Anthony Pettis||Submission (body triangle)||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||2:53||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: Barão 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||Derrick 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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