‘I Can Fight at 170 Pounds’- Dustin Poirier Makes a Challenging Statement

Published 08/25/2021, 12:19 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Dustin Poirier prepares to fight Conor McGregor of Ireland in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


In the 11 years that Dustin Poirier has been with the UFC, ‘The Diamond’ has fought in two weight classes. Poirier started at 145-pounds where he made a name for himself. He later moved up to 155-pounds when he realized that he was severely depleting his body, which did not lead to good performances. At 155-pounds ‘The Diamond’ established himself as an elite fighter, not just at lightweight, but in the UFC period. 

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In a recent interview with Laura Sanko, Dustin Poirier shared his thoughts on potentially moving up to 170-pounds and challenging for the title. He said, “Of course I would those are some big guys, man. We’ll see, I definitely think I can fight at 170. Honestly, right now at 155, my metabolism has kinda caught up.”

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‘The Diamond’ continued, “When I was cutting to 145, between fights, I would get a lot heavier than I do now. I just think my metabolism was getting messed up and holding onto a lot of weight. I would shoot up to 190 (pounds) when I was fighting at 145…. But I think I can fight at 170 as well.”

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Dustin Poirier is not a small lightweight fighter by any means. ‘The Diamond’ stands at 5’9” with a reach of 72-inches. Although Poirier does not struggle massively to make weight at 155-pounds, he can easily compete at 170-pounds as well. 

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There are a few extremely interesting matchups possible for Poirier at 170-pounds. If ‘The Diamond’ were to secure a win over Oliveira and claim the lightweight belt, it could set up a super fight against the 170-pound champion. 

Kamaru Usman has stated he will not go up to 185-pounds as long as Adesanya is the champion there. Therefore, fighting Dustin Poirier might give Usman the super fight he is craving.

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Similarly, if Covington beats Usman later on this year, a fight between ‘Chaos’ and ‘The Diamond’ has all the makings of a home run for the promotion. However, there are a lot of things that have to fall in order for this to materialize. 

Do you see a future for Dustin Poirier at 170-pounds? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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