This Saturday night, Dustin Poirier will attempt to jump right back into title contention at 155 pounds when he faces the biggest superstar in the UFC, Conor McGregor. But before that fight goes down at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi, we take a look at Dustin Poirier’s top 5 performances in the UFC.
5. Poirier vs Green (UFC 199)
Poirier came into this fight riding the high of back to back KO’s in his previous bouts, and continued his success when he finished Bobby Green in the very first round. Both men came out looking for a quick finish, but Poirier was able to strike first and secure the win.
A big overhand left from Poirier sent Green to the mat and that was all she wrote as referee Jason Herzog stepped in and stopped the fight.
4. Poirier vs Holloway II (UFC 236)
Poirier and Holloway originally met in 2012 at UFC 143, where Poirier defeated Holloway via submission in the very first round. Both fighters have come on leaps and bounds since their first meeting, and that was evident when the two met at UFC 236.
Throughout their rematch, Poirier repeatedly lands combinations of jabs, big right hooks, and elbows. Holloway eats a lot of the shots like a true warrior, but ultimately loses the fight via unanimous decision. Their rematch was for the interim lightweight championship, after Poirier picked up the win against Holloway, he goes onto face Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed lightweight championship at UFC 242, but loses via submission.
3. Poirier vs Gaethje (UFC on FOX 29)
In 2018, Poirier and Gaethje put on a fight of the year candidate and absolutely beat the brakes off of each other.
Gaethje suffered his first loss at the hands of Eddie Alvarez before fighting Poirier, and was looking to bounce back and get a highlight win over Dustin Poirier. But Poirier had other ideas when he put Gaethje away in the fourth round via TKO.
From the moment Herb Dean waved the fighters in, Poirier and Gaethje both came out swinging. The pace was fast from the get-go and Poirier cuts Gaethje over the left eye. Poirier went low to the body, opening up the head of Gaethje for some nice combos. But Gaethje was landing some hard leg kicks throughout their fight, which was starting to take it’s toll on Poirier.
The fight had tremendous moments from both fighters, with Gaethje stunning Poirier in the third round and looking for the finish. Poirier regains composure and makes his way back to the centre of the octagon and lands some hard shots. But it was seconds into the fourth round when Poirier stuns Gaethje with a left hand and finishes the fight with a barrage of punches, causing referee Herb Dean to stop the fight.
2. Poirier vs Pettis (UFC Fight Night 120)
This is a performance that doesn’t get spoken about enough when we look at Poiriers resume, as Anthony Pettis is a former champion and a future UFC Hall of Famer.
Poirier came out looking to pressure the ex-champ, and secured a takedown early on in the first round. After Pettis got back to his feet after a kimura attempt, the two traded blows and Poirier cuts Pettis above the eye. The fight continues to go to the ground until the third round, where Poirier takes Pettis’ back and ultimately ends in Pettis tapping out due to injured ribs.
1. Poirier vs Alvarez II (UFC on FOX 30)
The first bout between Poirier and Alvarez ended in a no contest when an error in judgement cost Alvarez a TKO finish over Poirier. After looking for the finish via knee, the fight was ruled a no contest due to the strikes being illegal and Poirier being unable to continue.
After back to back wins against Anthony Pettis and Justin Gaethje, Poirier finally gets his rematch against Eddie Alvarez at UFC on FOX 30. Alvarez opens the fight with clean body shots in the first round, whilst also landing head shots when Poirier moves into range. Poirier uses his distance and range to good effect during the first round, but Alvarez starts the round strong and finishes strong, securing him the first round.
At the start of the second round Alvarez goes for the takedown, but it backfires when Poirier locks in a guillotine choke. After Alvarez escapes the submission attempt, the fight goes back to the feet. Poirier lands a knee that hurts Alvarez and he goes in for the finish, Poirier pours it on and Alvarez keeps swinging back. With less than a minute left in the round, referee Marc Goddard had seen enough of Poirier’s onslaught as Alvarez falls to the mat.
Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier takes on Conor McGregor TONIGHT at UFC 257: Poirier vs McGregor II.