Everything You Need to Know About Dustin Poirier Before UFC 257
This Saturday, January 23rd, Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier is heading back to the Octagon to face Conor “The Notorious” McGregor in a high-stakes rematch at UFC Fight Island. This is the first encounter between these two former champions since McGregor defeated Poirier at UFC 178 in 2014 and as a pay-per-view event exclusively through ESPN +. That means now is the time to sign up for ESPN + and get a one-year subscription along with the UFC 257 PPV package and save over 30%. If you want to find out more about Dustin Poirier before the big showdown this weekend, here’s everything you need to know before watching UFC 257.
Dustin Poirier was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and is of French and Cajun descent. The now 32-year-old American fighter dropped out of high school and was often involved in street fights before embarking on a martial arts career in 2009. In 2009 and 2010, he posted a record seven wins and zero losses and signed with World Extreme Cage Fights. He only had two fights with that promotion, losing his first and winning the second before entering the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2011.
The Diamond’s featherweight debut at UFC 125 in January 2011 was a hit for the Cajun kickboxer, who has since established one of the longest and most successful careers in the league. Poirier has won 18 of his 24 fights with the UFC and has an overall professional record of 26 wins (12 by knockout), six losses and one no-contest. At UFC 236 in April 2019, he defeated Max Holloway to win the preliminary UFC Lightweight Championship, but lost the unification fight to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 in September. Poirier is one of the UFC’s best fighters and ranks second on the UFC list behind Justin Gaethje and the now retired champion Nurmagomedov.
At UFC 257 on Saturday, Poirier will return to the octagon in a highly anticipated rematch against Conor McGregor (22-4). The two high-ranking fighters faced each other at UFC 178 more than six years ago. There McGregor Poirier stopped in the first round with a knockout. Still, Poirier managed to score more significant hits than his opponent before relegation, and he’s hungry for both revenge and a shot at the easy title – something UFC CEO Dana White has said is likely to be granted to anyone who that claims victory at UFC 257.
However, if you want to see for yourself who will emerge victorious this weekend, you will need to log into ESPN + to see all of the action online. A one-year subscription to ESPN + plus the UFC 257 PPV package is typically $ 130 when purchased separately. However, new subscribers can get this package for $ 90 and save over 30%.