Dustin Poirier
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Tentative date set for Hooker clash
LightweightUFC
May 23, 2020
Poirier (hip) is in line to face Dan Hooker in a lightweight fight for the UFC's June 27 card at a yet-to-be-determined location, Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
According to the report, the promotion hopes to hold Poirier's upcoming bout at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, but Hooker's availability to fight is contingent on travel restrictions being lifted that would allow the latter to make the trip over from New Zealand. If the June 27 fight between the two doesn't materialize, the bout would likely be moved to the UFC's "Fight Island" event in July. With respect to the matchup, Poirier will be giving up roughly three inches in both height and reach to Hooker. Both land high striking volumes, but Poirier has the edge both offensively and defensively, even with a much larger sample size. Poirier also has an edge in offensive wrestling, though Hooker does have a 78 percent takedown defense. Oddsmakers pegged Poirier as approximately a (-170) betting favorite shortly after the announcement of the bout.
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UFC San Diego called off
LightweightUFC
April 2, 2020
Poirier (hip) will no longer face Dan Hooker in the main event of UFC San Diego on May 16, as the California State Athletic Commission has cancelled all combat sports events until June due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Poirier hasn't made the walk to the Octagon since last September's loss to current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, as he required minor hip surgery after that matchup. He had put together a four-fight winning streak leading up to his title shot, and was listed as a (-170) betting favorite for the proposed matchup against Hooker, the company's No. 5-ranked lightweight. UFC President Dana White remains adamant about keeping up with as normal of a schedule as possible, including following through with plans for UFC 249 on April 18, but it's unclear what that means for the future of this specific bout. The UFC could reschedule for late-summer or fall, attempt to include it in the spring calendar at a separate date/location or scrap it altogether.
Will undergo surgery
LightweightUFC
October 22, 2019
Poirier will undergo hip surgery that will likely keep him out of action until February or March, Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Poirier had initially hoped to fight as early as January after losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov via submission in September. However, that timeline will now be pushed back approximately six weeks after lingering hip issues will force Poirier to undergo surgery to repair multiple tears in his labrum. The surgery will likely help Poirier in the future and hopefully prevent any future tears, but will push back his return to the Octagon.
Gets run through in title shot
LightweightUFC
September 7, 2019
Poirier lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov via submission (rear-naked choke) at at 2:06 of Round 3 at The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Poirier came into this contest as a deserving interim champion but simply couldn't deal with the pressure and pace of Khabib, which resulted in him being on his back often. Poirier had his moment of success in Round 2 when a hard shot he caught the champion and caused him to backpedal, but it just wasn't enough, as the disparity in grappling proved to be too great. There aren't many fighters who reach the pinnacle of their careers as late as Poirier, but the Louisianian turned himself from a fun action fighter into a belt holder in the space of about two years, leaving legendary names like Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, and Max Holloway in his wake. It's unclear what's next for Dustin, but there are plenty of fun fights for him near the top of the division when he's ready to get back in the cage. He falls to 25-6 in professional MMA as a result of the loss.
Gets shot at Khabib at UFC 242
LightweightUFC
June 4, 2019
Poirier will fight Khabib Nurmagomedov to unify the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 242 on September 7 in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Poirier bested Max Holloway to win the lightweight belt in his last fight, landing a career-high 178 significant strikes along the way. His volume striking -- 5.75 significant strikes landed per minute -- has made him a fantasy-friendly fighter throughout his UFC tenure, but Nurmagomedov is an entirely different story. Khabib has elite striking defense numbers, due largely to his ability to neutralize his opponents with offensive wrestling. Poirier has compiled a 69 percent takedown defense through 24 UFC/WEC fights, which is a respectable mark, though not elite. Keeping this fight standing will clearly give Poirier his best chance to win, but opponents of Khabib have been largely unable to do so to date, at least for any noteworthy period of time. Early betting odds peg Poirier as approximately a (+295) underdog for this matchup.
Solves Max Holloway, wins UFC gold
LightweightUFC
April 13, 2019
Poirier is the new Interim UFC Lightweight Champion after defeating Max Holloway via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) at UFC 236 on Saturday in Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Poirier looked like he was going to cruise to the win after pounding Holloway in Round 1, but it ended up being a war of attrition that earned both men a post-fight bonus. Poirier was the much bigger and much stronger of the two men, and that allowed him to deliver the more devastating combinations. It seemingly took Max three or four shots to deliver the same amount of damage that Dustin could do with just one strike. While it was a clean sweep on the judge's scorecards, Holloway actually out landed Poirier by a count of 208-180, and Dustin connected on just 1-of-8 takedown attempts. Those two stats should tell you just how much damage Poirier did on his strikes that did connect. Dustin has always been most comfortable in a brawl, and Holloway was more than willing to engage him in one on Saturday. Poirier has been grinding away at this for a long, long time and it's nice to see him finally get rewarded. Now sporting a six-fight unbeaten streak (5-0, 1NC) against some of the best fighters the sport has to offer (Holloway, Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, Anthony Pettis), Poirier's next test will almost certainly be a unification bout against UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Dustin is going to be a sizeable underdog for that one, but he has the power to make the fight interesting.