Dustin Poirier and His Fights Against Max Holloway

Published 06/25/2021, 8:10 AM EDT


UFC lightweight star Dustin Poirier is living his best life right now. He is set to fight the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, for the second time in a year at UFC 264. Needless to say, it is the main event bout, as the two fighters will stand across the octagon for the third time to determine who is the better one among them.

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They split their first two fights with two knockout finishes. However, Poirier has the upper hand as he recently knocked out Conor in the second round of their UFC 257 bout to register an incredible upset. Additionally, Conor’s not the only champion he has fought. Poirier has had an incredibly long career in the UFC and has fought Khabib Nurmagomedov, Eddie Alvarez, Anthony Pettis, and Max Holloway.

However, it’s his rivalry with Max Holloway, which was the most lopsided one in his career.

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Dustin Poirier vs. Max Holloway 1

This was Poirier’s fourth fight in the UFC, and he fought in the featherweight division back then. However, this was even bigger for Holloway, as this was his UFC debut and his fifth professional MMA fight. Both of them were looking to impress in this UFC 143 fight in 2012.

Nevertheless, there could only be one victor, and the fight did not go Holloway’s way. It was all over in the first round as Poirier got a triangle armbar on Holloway inside four minutes. That fight is still significant in Holloway’s career as it is the only time he has ever been finished. All five of his other losses have come via decisions.

Poirier vs. Holloway 2: A fight between two lightweights

This time around, Holloway had found incredible success at featherweight and had defended his title twice after winning it against Jose Aldo. Meanwhile, Poirier had moved up to lightweight and was coming off an incredible victory over Eddie Alvarez, which earned him the Performance of the Night honors.

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Holloway moved up to lightweight in a bid to emulate Conor McGregor and become a double champ. He was immediately put in a match against Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight belt. This time around, there was no finish as the match went the distance.

ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 13: (L-R) UFC President Dana White places the interim lightweight championship belt on Dustin Poirier after defeating Max Holloway in their interim lightweight championship bout during the UFC 236 event at State Farm Arena on April 13, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, it wasn’t good for ‘Blessed’ as Poirier had dominated him for the entirety of the fight. The difference in their weight was too much for Holloway to overcome. ‘Blessed, though, showed incredible heart to see the fight out. Still, it wasn’t enough as the judges awarded Poirier a unanimous decision victory, sealing their duel and proving that ‘The Diamond’ was the better fighter.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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