Fresh off the biggest win of his professional mixed martial arts career, Dustin Poirier is as close to a household name as he’s ever been. Another win over the once, wildly popular Conor McGregor would not only help cement his status as the best lightweight on the planet but could help Poirier in the endorsement deal department as well.
With all eyes on the quickly approaching July 10, Poirier vs. McGregor 3 matchup, let’s take a look at the man who beat the man the last time they met.
Poirier vs. McGregor 3 Odds
Dustin Poirier -115
Conor McGregor -115
Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier (27-6-0, 1 NC)
- Height: 5′ 9″
- Weight: 155 lbs.
- Reach: 72″
- STANCE: Southpaw
- DOB: Jan 19, 1989
- SLpM: 5.59
- Str. Acc.: 50%
- SApM: 4.17
- Str. Def: 54%
- TD Avg.: 1.47
- TD Acc.: 36%
- TD Def.: 61%
- Sub. Avg.: 1.3
SLpM – Significant Strikes Landed per Minute
Str. Acc. – Significant Striking Accuracy
SApM – Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute
Str. Def. – Significant Strike Defence (the % of opponents strikes that did not land)
TD Avg. – Average Takedowns Landed per 15 minutes
TD Acc. – Takedown Accuracy
TD Def. – Takedown Defense (the % of opponents TD attempts that did not land)
Sub. Avg. – Average Submissions Attempted per 15 minutes
A native of Lafayette, La, Poirier turned 32 in January and made his MMA debut by beating Aaron Suarez via first-round KO (punches) in 2009 in Shreveport, La. Poirier then won six more fights with three coming by way of KO or TKO (punches) and three via armbar submissions.
Poirier was 7-0 when he suffered his first career loss against Danny Castillo at WEC 5 (World Extreme Cage) in August 2010, losing via unanimous decision. Poirier then dispatched Zach Mickelwight via first-round TKO (punches) in his final WEC fight three months later.
Poirier made his UFC debut in January 2011 by subduing Josh Grispi via unanimous decision at UFC 125. Poirier won consecutive bouts over Jason Young and Pablo Garza via unanimous decision and a rare D’arce choke submission, before taking on now-iconic former featherweight champ Max Holloway for the first of two times.
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Poirier stunned the MMA world by beating Holloway with a first-round submission (triangle armbar) at UFC 143 in February 2012. Unfortunately, Poirier’s feel-good story was short-lived as he suffered an embarrassing fourth-round technical submission loss (D’arce choke) against the unheralded Chan Sung Jung in the headliner of UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier in May 2012.
Poirier got back in the win column by recording a D’arce choke submission win over Jonathan Brookins in his next fight before losing again, this time to the formidable foe in Cub Swanson at UFC on Fuel TV: Barão vs. McDonald in February 2013.
Currently the top-ranked lightweight in the world, Poirier then won three straight via unanimous decision and a pair of KO finishes before getting soundly beaten by Conor McGregor via first-round TKO (punches) in their first career meeting in September of 2014.
The black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu rebounded to win his next four fights with three of those victories coming by way of KO before suffering his fifth career loss, via an embarrassing first-round KO at the hands of Michael Johnson in the headline bout of UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Johnson in September 2016.
That’s when Poirier’s career took off as he went almost three full years before losing again. Poirier took out some notable names by getting past Anthony Pettis via third-round submission (body triangle) in November 2017, Justin Gaethje, via fourth-round TKO (punches) five months later and Eddie Alvarez by way of second-round TKO (punches) in July of 2018.
Poirier cemented his status as one of the best lightweights on the planet by beating Max Holloway for the second time in his career to win the interim UFC lightweight title in April 2019. Poirier got the win via unanimous decision that went five rounds at UFC 236 in a Fight of the Night performance. Poirier put up a great effort in his next fight but lost to unbeaten superstar Khabib Nurmagomedov via ear-naked choke at UFC 242 in September of 2019.
The American Top Team member bounced back to beat Dan Hooker via unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN: Poirier vs. Hooker in June of 2020, before pounding Conor McGregor en route to a stunning second-round TKO (punches) win in January.
Betting By The Numbers
Poirer cashed in big as a +150 underdog against McGregor in his last fight and beat Holloway as a +170 pick the last time they met. Poirier also beat Anthony Pettis as a +100 underdog in 2017, so pulling off the upset is clearly no big deal for the top-ranked lightweight in the UFC.
Without making an official pick on McGregor vs. Poirier 3, I’m just going to say that Dustin Poirier looked so dominant – and McGregor looked so ordinary, that I can’t imagine a different outcome from the last meeting.