Dustin Poirier proved he nonetheless belongs within the higher heap of light-weight rivals on Saturday when he beat Dan Hooker in probably the greatest fights of the 12 months at UFC on ESPN 12.

Poirier (26-6 MMA, 18-6 UFC) rebounded from his title unification loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in September with a unanimous choice win over Hooker within the June 27 headliner, which came about at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. “The Diamond” placed on one other traditional that lived as much as his popularity, and now he’s 6-1 (with one no contest) in his previous eight fights.

Which means change within the 155-pound division, but additionally within the pound-for-pound rankings, too.

Poirier’s entrance into the pound-for-pound rankings, precipitated a shift within the backside half of the polls because of some head-to-head matchups from his previous with different members of the listing.

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