Dustin Poirier is an American fighter in mixed martial arts. He fights in the Lightweight class of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He was once the Interim Champion in this class.
As of August 1, 2023, the 34-year-old star is ranked third in the UFC's lightweight category. In this article, learn in detail about Poirier's personal and professional life.
How Rich is Dustin Poirier?
Dustin Poirier, an American mixed martial arts professional, boasts a net worth of $6 million. Renowned for winning the interim UFC Lightweight Championship and his notable bouts with Conor McGregor, Poirier's success peaked when he claimed the title of Interim UFC Lightweight Champion in 2019. Later rising to the second spot in the UFC lightweight rankings in 2022.
Beyond his MMA career, Poirier is also active in philanthropy and runs his lines of Cajun hot sauce and bourbon.
Dustin Poirier Business Ventures
Poirier's Louisiana-Style Hot Sauce
Dustin Poirier took to Twitter on December 8, 2020, to announce the launch of his own Cajun hot sauce, "Poirier's Louisiana Style." This venture was in partnership with the Canadian Heartbeat Hot Sauce Co. In July 2021, they introduced a special edition called "Heatonist K.O."
Rare Stash Bourbon
On January 5, 2022, Dustin Poirier used Twitter to introduce his bourbon, named "Rare Stash."
Dustin Poirier Career Highlights
Dustin Poirier started his journey as a professional MMA fighter in 2009. He initially fought in local events across Louisiana and the Southern United States, quickly establishing a remarkable 7-0 winning streak.
Poirier's first setback came in 2010 during his debut in World Extreme Cagefighting, where he was defeated by Danny Castillo via unanimous decision. However, he made a strong comeback later that year, securing a victory over Zach Micklewright through a TKO at WEC 52.
UFC Career: 2011-2017
Dustin Poirier transitioned to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) following the merger of World Extreme Cagefighting into the UFC in late 2010. His UFC debut was on the first day of 2011 when he replaced the injured José Aldo and won against Josh Grispi.
Following this, Poirier achieved victories over Jason Young, Pablo Garza, and Max Holloway. In a memorable match in May 2012, he was defeated by Chan Sung Jung, earning the Fight of the Night accolade. Later that year, Dustin overcame Jonathan Brookins, and in his early 2013 bout, he was bested by Cub Swanson.
However, Dustin rebounded to defeat Erik Koch and ended 2013 with a knockout win over Diego Brandão. In 2014, after a notable win against Akira Corassani, Poirier faced a TKO loss to Conor McGregor, which led him to move to the lightweight division.
In his lightweight debut in 2015, Poirier quickly knocked out Carlos Diego Ferreira, receiving the Performance of the Night award. He then secured a TKO win over Yancy Medeiros, earning another Performance of the Night bonus.
In 2016, Dustin defeated Joseph Duffy and Bobby Green at UFC 199 but later faced a defeat by Michael Johnson. In early 2017, Poirier endured a tough fight against Jim Miller, emerging victorious despite injuries. A bout with Eddie Alvarez ended in a no-contest. Concluding the year, Poirier triumphed over Anthony Pettis via TKO.
UFC Career: 2018-2022
Dustin Poirier renewed his contract with the UFC and began by defeating Justin Gaethje with a TKO in April 2018. He then won a rematch against Eddie Alvarez in the same way.
In 2019, Poirier fought Max Holloway, the UFC Featherweight Champion, for the Interim UFC Lightweight Championship. He won this tough fight by unanimous decision, ending Holloway's 13-fight winning streak. However, Dustin faced a setback against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242, losing in the third round by submission.
In June 2020, Dustin had an intense match with Dan Hooker, winning by unanimous decision and earning his seventh Fight of the Night award. Early in 2021, he faced Conor McGregor again and won, marking the first time McGregor was knocked out in MMA.
That summer, Poirier defeated McGregor once more, this time by knockout. At the end of the year, Dustin fought for the UFC Lightweight Championship against Charles Oliveira but was defeated. His 2022 saw a comeback with a victory over Michael Chandler at UFC 281.
Dustin Poirier Philanthropy
Dustin Poirier is actively involved in charitable work. Together with his wife, he established the Good Fight Foundation in 2018, a charity dedicated to fundraising for diverse causes.
They have made contributions to support the Acadiana Outreach Center, the family of a fallen police officer from Lafayette, Louisiana, and various hospital staff. Additionally, Poirier has auctioned off his UFC fight gear to generate funds for the Second Harvest Food Bank and to help schoolchildren in Lafayette.
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