Dustin Poirier went unbeaten within the Light-weight division for almost four years. He claimed the Interim Championship earlier than happening to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242. Now, almost three quarters of a 12 months later, ‘The Diamond’ will return to the Octagon to struggle Dan Hooker. He opened up on his darkish previous that led him to the place he’s at the moment.
Dustin Poirier credit his perseverance and self-belief
In a prelude of his UFC Destined episode, ‘The Diamond’ stated, “My private journey is the story of perseverance and self-belief. I used to get into quite a lot of bother and stuff. I went to ninth grade for some time after which I really went to juvenile detention for some time.”
The third ranked Light-weight fighter’s boxing is well-known with 12/25 wins coming by way of KO. He opened up on a need to study boxing being his doorway into the MMA world.
“I’ve at all times sort of been a knucklehead and sort of completed what I wished to do. Once I was 17 years previous, I wished to start out boxing. I began messing round and studying some stuff. And truly, on the boxing membership, I met some individuals who have been doing combined martial arts. I haven’t regarded again since.”
Poirier has spent eleven years as knowledgeable fighter. He is aware of the danger he undertakes each time he enters the cage.
“Life’s good man however on the similar time for me, I obtained to maintain a sure barrier round preventing and my thoughts. As a result of I do know the danger that there’s each time I step in there. Each time I stroll in I might stroll out of there completely different. I might go away a bit of myself that I might by no means get again, however that’s what comes with fight sports activities.”
‘The Diamond’ is aware of a win right here will see him in with a shout at going through the winner of the Nurmagomedov-Gaethje struggle tentatively scheduled for September. Nevertheless, ought to he endure his second loss on the bounce, he might slide down the rankings with fifth positioned Dan Hooker overtaking each him and the 4th ranked Conor McGregor, who retired.
Can Dustin Poirier channel into his previous, actually be ‘The Diamond’ and shine below strain and rise within the division?
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