Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, UFC 264

Dustin Poirier: Defining “Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere”

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UFC 264 caps off what will he the most watched trilogy in mixed martial arts history. While most of the casual eyes will be on Ireland’s Conor McGregor, the sports more devout will also have their attention focused on Louisiana’s own Dustin Poirier. Poirier has made a name for himself fighting the toughest and being the toughest to beat. When it comes to fighters in the lightweight division in the UFC, one would be hard pressed to find a fighter with a tougher resume, or as SEC country likes to call it, a better strength of schedule.

Poirier personifies the age old saying, “anyone, anytime, anywhere.” One look at his resume and you will see a who’s who of both featherweight and lightweight. One look at Poirier’s resume and you can see the sheer depth of talent he has fought. Take a look for yourself:

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov (Lightweight GOAT)
  • Conor McGregor twice (featherweight and lightweight champion)
  • Max Holloway twice (featherweight champion)
  • Eddie Alvarez twice (lightweight champion)
  • Anthony Pettis (lightweight champion)
  • Justin Gaethje (interim lightweight champion)
  • The Korean Zombie
  • Jim Miller
  • Cub Swanson
  • Dan Hooker
  • Diego Ferreira
  • Joe Duffy
  • Michael Johnson

A modern day Marvin Hagler, there is nobody Dustin Poirier will not fight. He was even scheduled to grapple Gary Tonon and let’s not forget the bout with Nate Diaz that never materialized. There is no man around his weight that Poirier will not fight.

Dustin Poirier and Legacy

Win or lose this weekend, should Dustin Poirier hang the gloves up now in his prime, his resume would still have him as one of the best to ever do it. He’s never backed down from a challenge, avoided a matchup based on style, and most importantly, he has always come to fight.

More importantly, Poirier has a legacy inside and outside the cage. It’s one thing to make your platform your identity. But Dustin Poirier uses his platform for good in his community of Lafayette, where he’s proudly from. The Good Fight Foundation provides after school activities for at risk youth to make his city a better place.

While his work in his community is more important, Poirier will be known for his legacy on what he has done and will do in the future. He is a treasure that went under appreciated for years. Dustin Poirer put himself in war after war climbing his way to the top to the hearts of fans. He has accumulated seven Fight of the Night awards, four Performance of the Nights, and a Submission of the Night. He is the only man to stop Max Holloway.

Dustin Poirier may not win every fight, but that’s the life in mixed martial arts. There’s only one Khabib Nurmagomedov. But Poirier is the type of fighter to go after legends like Khabib. He’s won the important fights. He’s lost the important fights. One thing remains constant, however: Dustin Poirier is in the important fights. 

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