Dustin Poirier Says Financial Dent at Vegas Fight Hurt Him

Published 01/08/2021, 10:45 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: Dustin Poirier prepares to enter the Octagon prior to his lightweight championship bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia during UFC 242 at The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier spoke to comedian Theo Von on ‘This Past Weekend’ ahead of his massive headlining fight. ‘The Diamond’ is set to take on Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 257 that goes down on Jan 23. Moreover, the match-up comes in with high stakes as both men are vying for a chance for title contention.

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Poirier’s extended chat with Theo Von covered all the bases right from his early career to the modern-day. Dustin Poirier has been an elite lightweight for years, and the former interim champion is ready to cash in. There is bated anticipation from fight fans as this also marks the return fight for the Irishman McGregor.

Dustin Poirier turns back the clock

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‘The Diamond’ was asked about his experience coming off the first loss of his professional career back in the day. Poirier explained his timeline, starting off in the WEC, and having to deal with a big loss early. Additionally, the financial impact of suffering a loss was certainly a tough pill to swallow as well.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 07: (L-R) Dustin Poirier battles Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in their lightweight championship bout during UFC 242 at. The Arena on September 7, 2019 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“The first loss of my professional career was in Las Vegas in the WEC. The UFC or Zuffa owned the WEC, they eventually absorbed all the fighters and moved them over to the UFC. I lost a decision in my first professional loss.”

“Every loss is heartbreaking, but that one hurt me financially because I was fighting on the local scene. I thought ‘Oh sh*t, I’m going to Vegas, I’m fighting on T.V, really make it’ and then your corners flight gets deducted, your medicals get deducted. This and that gets deducted and you lose the fight and you’re like ‘Damn, I was making more fighting 10 minutes in from my house’.”

“I had just brought a house, me and my wife, we were 19 years old, we brought our first house. I had a mortgage, I had grown man bills, I was keep my head above water, I was riding a bicycle to work and stuff.”

Fighting from a place of adversity

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Poirier is no stranger to picking himself off the ground, and it’s clear that his first loss wasn’t a total deflator. While describing the throbs of a defeat, it’s jarring to hear the financial implications that a fighter suffers.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 27: Dustin Poirier reacts after the conclusion of his lightweight fight against Dan Hooker during the UFC Fight Night event at. UFC APEX on June 27, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“The loss obviously broke my heart and it hurt, but the financial part, I thought I finally made it to. I’m in the WEC, I’m signed, I’m going to Las Vegas to fight… Take that ‘L’ homes with you.”

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His candid take is a reminder of why he’s such a beloved fighter amongst the active MMA roster. Poirier will be hoping to flip the script when he looks to actualize a goal of avenging a loss.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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