Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier and his journey to UFC 242
The day is finally almost upon us, this Saturday at the du Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates the Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will put his belt on the line against the man who currently holds the Interim Lightweight Championship, Dustin Poirier, in the main event of UFC 242. The anticipation for this fight has been high, the question that stands out the most is, can Poirier figure out Nurmagomedov’s wrestling and implement a game plan that can halt the Russians dominance?
Born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, Poirier will always have pride for his birthplace. While not having the easiest upbringing, Poirier has remained humbled and is always looking for a way to give back. He and his wife created a charity called, “The Good Fight Foundation” where they give back to people who are in need. After each fight Poirier auctions off his, and at times when volunteered others fight gear to help raise money for the foundation, you could also donate to the cause if desired. If you would like to learn more and help contribute you can check out https://www.thegoodfightgroup.com where you can find all the information needed.
“The Diamond” is a scraper most seem to enjoy to watch, with his killer like instincts on the feet and black belt in Jiu-Jitsu he is no easy fight. Debuting pro in 2009, Poirier wouldn’t reach the UFC until 2010 when WEC was bought out by the organization and absorbed all their talent. In 2011 Poirier would go on to debut in the UFC where he would win via decision. Now 25-5 with 1 no contest, Poirier has built his impressive resume with 12 KOs, 7 Submissions and 6 Decisions. He has earned Fight of the Night 6 times, Performance of the Night 3 times and 1 Submission of the Night over Max Holloway. Currently, he is on a 5 fight win streak and has no plans of slowing down soon.
The road to the title has been a long one for “The Diamond” competing in a total of 21 fights in the UFC before finally receiving a shot at the Lightweight Championship. This road consisted of many fighters that are considered some of the greats, with back to back, again I say this, back to back wins over the likes of Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaejthe, Eddie Alveraz and Max Holloway, who he had also beaten earlier in his career, there is no denying he is one of the best Lightweights in the world. Poirier’s climb to the top has been a truly inspirational one, and on April 13th, 2019 at UFC 236 all that hard work was realized when he would go on to face Max Holloway for the Interim Lightweight Championship. After 25 minutes of absolute war, the judges favored Poirier in the decision making him the new Interim Lightweight Champion of the world. Fast forward to Saturday, UFC 242, “The Diamond” now has the opportunity to try and solidify his place as a champion by defeating the most dominate lightweight currently, or quite possibly of all time. We’ll have to tune in to find out, I for one am ecstatic for this scrap!