Dustin Poirier Biography

( 1989 - )
October 9, 2018
First published on:October 9, 2018
by Roy

Facts of Dustin Poirier

Date of Birth: 1989, January 19
Age: 30 years old
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch

Dustin Poirier is an American mixed martial artist who is currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the lightweight division. He is a former competitor of Bang FC and the WEC. on August 1, 2018, he was ranked #3 in the official UFC lightweight rankings.


Poirier is a well-rounded fighter who utilizes power punches along with jabs and steps to set up powerful strikes like a cross. He has described himself as a Thugjitsu fighter.

Dustin Poirier's Early Life

Dustin Glenn Poirier was born on January 19, 1989, in Lafayette, Louisiana to parents Darrell Poirier and Jere' Folley Chaisson. He studied at Northside High School where he completed his high school education. He used to wrestle during his high school years.

Dustin Poirier's Professional Life

Dustin Poirier turned professional in 2009. At the beginning of his career, he was able to complie a winning streak of 7-0 competing in regional matches across his native Louisiana. He started to catch more attention by defeating Daniel Watts in the first round at Bang FC on October 31, 2009.

World Extreme Cagefighting merged with UFC in October of 2010 and as a result, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC which included Dusting Poirier as well. Following the UFC/WEC merger, Poirier was soon able to catch a lot of attention, mostly due to his victory over the No. 1 contender Josh Grispi on January 1, 2011. Poirier filled in for the newly crowned UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo for the fight as Aldo withdrew from the fight due to a back injury.

On May 15, 2012, Poirier faced Chan Sung Jung in the main event at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier. The match was Poirier's first main event which he went on to lose to Jung in the fourth round with a submission. The performance was of high caliber earning both participants Fight of the Night honors. Several publications announced the fight as the Fight of the Year at the end of 2012.

Dustin Poirier was set in a co-main event on February 16, 2013, at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao Vs. McDonald. He was replacing for injured Dennis Siver during the match facing against Cub Swanson. During the fight, both parties had landed punches to each other and Poirier had scored leg kicks and double leg takedowns to Swanson's head kicks and submission attempts. Poirier lost the match via unanimous decision.

In 2014, Poirier faced Akira Corassani at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale. He put an end to the fight in the second round with TKO. The win earned him his second Fight of the Night bonus award. He faced Conor McGregor on September 27, 2014, at UFC 178. He was unable to stop McGregor and lost the fight in the first round by TKO. He changed weight division after the fight and moved to the Lightweight division and said that he would never go back to featherweight nor move up to the welterweight.

On April 4, 2015, Dustin Poirier faced Carlos Diego Ferreira in a lightweight bout. He won the fight with a knockout in the first round which earned him his first performance of the Night bonus award. His pay for the match was disclosed to be $118,000, the highest disclosed pay received by Poirier so far. Poirier won his second performance of the Night bonus award in June of 2015 winning the fight against Yancy Medeiros with a TKO in the first round.

Poirier faced Bobby Green on June 4, 2016, at UFC 199. He won the fight with a knockout in the first round receiving his second-highest disclosed pay of $110,000 afterward. He was matched against Michael Johnson on September 17, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 94. He lost the match in the first round via a knockout.

At UFC 208 held on February 11, 2017, Poirier challenged Jim Miller. He won the match with the majority decision and earned himself his third Fight of the Night bonus award. The injuries sustained resutled in Poirier being suspended indefinitely. After recovery, his first oponent was Eddie Alvarez who he faced on May 13, 2017. Avarez landed two illegal knees while Poirier was against the fence which caused the fight to be ended with a No Contest.

Dustin Poirier and Anthony Pettis faced each other on November 11, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 120. Poirier won the fight with Pettis tapping out in the third round. He earned another Fight of the Night bonus award for himself with the win.

In 2018, Poirier signed a new contract with UFC. He faced Justin Gaethje on April 14, 2018, and won the fight via TKO in the fourth round. Poirier was able to get a rematch with Eddie Alvarez on July 28, 2018, as the main event at UFC on Fox 30. He won the fight in the second round via TKO. He won the Performace of the Night Award with the win.

On August 3, 2018, Poirier was announced to have agreed to face Nate Diaz on November 3, 2018. The fight shall be the Main event for the lightweight division and is expected to be a co-headliner of UFC 230.

Dustin Poirier's Personal Life

Poirier is a married man who is currently married to Jolie Poirier. He had been in a relationship with Jolie for very long years before his marriage. His wife became pregnant in December of 2015 and had their first child, Parker Noelle Poirier, on August 20, 2016. Poirier in an interview has said that he wishes to win the title for the sake of his wife as well.

Dustin Poirier's Net Worth

The net worth of Dustin Poirier is estimated to be around $1.72 million. He has been making a splash in the world of UFC as a capable fighter. His highest career pay has been disclosed to be $170,000, $118,000 and $110,000 which can be toppled by his upcoming fight against Nate Diaz.

Poirier's career disclosed earnings is reported to be $1,965,700.

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