Dustin Poirier has been a staple of the UFC practically a decade now, and in that point, followers have seen him evolve from a enjoyable action-fighting featherweight to one of many best lightweights on this planet. This previous weekend, Poirier cemented that standing by successful a unanimous resolution over Dan Hooker in a five-round struggle that’s among the many finest fights of the yr. And within the aftermath of that combat, “The Diamond” credit his loss to Conor McGregor for serving to to kickstart his enchancment and getting him to the place he’s as we speak.

“It positively began taking place after the Conor McGregor loss,” Poirier instructed ESPN about his evolution as a fighter and emergence as an trustworthy, brass tacks character. “That was the beginning of it. It’s been a protracted course of, being a father, dropping once more, successful some and dropping once more, and successful one other one. It’s only a lengthy evolution of cease caring a lot. You simply cease caring in regards to the noise and stuff that doesn’t matter. . .

“A number of occasions in my youthful profession, I felt prefer it was life or dying. Each touch upon Instagram and Twitter, each journalist who mentioned one thing, I felt like everyone was in opposition to me. I felt like if I misplaced I might be written off, it’s the top of my profession. I’m a bum if I lose this combat. And then you definitely lose a number of occasions and also you’re like, ‘Oh sh*t, I can nonetheless put this again collectively. Oh man, I’m nonetheless offering for my household. I’m nonetheless loving what I do.’ It’s such as you’ve been bent however not damaged plenty of occasions and I really feel prefer it made me stronger and it made me the person I’m as we speak. I’m completely satisfied. I’m genuinely completely satisfied.”

Poirier has quite a bit to be completely satisfied about. Poirier was not too long ago introduced as the inaugural winner of the Forrest Griffin Group Award, for his work via his personal charity, The Good Struggle Basis. On prime of that, his win over Dan Hooker moved Poirier as much as second within the light-weight rankings, behind solely the champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champion Justin Gaethje, a person Poirier has already crushed. That retains Poirier proper within the thick of title rivalry and followers have already begun calling for a bout with former interim champion Tony Ferguson, one thing Poirier says he’s not in opposition to however he’d prefer to take a while off earlier than that occurs.

“I’m gonna take a while for positive to let my physique heal,” Poirier mentioned. “Subsequent week I’m taking my household on a small trip, good right here to Florida, nothing loopy. Simply get some solar, get some seashore time, and simply calm down. Let my thoughts calm down, and we’ll see. I’m positively not gonna combat again far. I believe they only moved me up within the rankings now. After all, I need to be the undisputed world champion however we’ll see when the UFC calls me, we’ll see what occurs. Cash talks.”

A bout with Ferguson would make sense to get Poirier again into the title image. The previous interim champion was dominated by Khabib Nurmagomedov final yr and might want to put collectively a number of extra wins to earn one other shot. Except Justin Gaethje takes the title from Nurmagomedov. Then the title image would open up significantly for Poirier. And that could be higher for Poirier who’s trustworthy about his future within the sport, saying that he’s unsure how a lot time he does have left.

“Like we had been saying, I don’t know what number of fights I’ve left,” Poirier mentioned. “I nonetheless really feel younger, I nonetheless really feel nice, contemporary, and I really like what I do, however I don’t need to proceed for one more 5 years, preventing fights like I simply fought, as a result of I don’t need to love this a lot that it kills me. I take advantage of that phrase flippantly. Not that I’m gonna die in there, I imply that it’s gonna take one thing that I can’t get again. Not solely from me however for those that I really like. I need to be there for my daughter endlessly. I need to be there for my spouse. I don’t need to begin fading away, mentally or something like that. And I simply know that’s a actuality in what we do, in fight sports activities. I don’t beat across the bush, I do know that’s a risk and I do know that what I’m doing isn’t good for myself.”

It’s laborious to argue with that reasoning. Poirier’s current run has seen him combat Anthony Pettis, Eddie Alvarez (twice), Justin Gaethje, Max Holloway, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Dan Hooker. That’s a murderers row of contenders and provides Poirier confidence that although issues haven’t all the time gone his approach, he nonetheless has the possibility to change into the undisputed champion.

“I really feel like I’m one of the best on this planet,” Poirier mentioned. “I made errors and I acquired crushed by Khabib, however I do know that I can beat Khabib Nurmagomedov. I do know I can. I can beat anybody of those guys. . . I don’t need to get anybody again. I’m not within the grudge match enterprise. I need to be one of the best on this planet. I need to be the undisputed world champion.”

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