Dustin Poirier Shares How Jorge Masvidal Helped Him Rejuvenate His Career

Published 01/17/2021, 10:43 PM EST
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)


Dustin Poirier returns at UFC 257 against ‘The Notorious‘ Conor McGregor. It will be a much-anticipated rematch between the two top lightweights. McGregor knocked out Poirier inside two minutes in the first contest at featherweight.

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Poirier moved up to lightweight after that fight and has saved his body from the effects of the brutal weight cut for making the 145 lbs limit. His performances as lightweight speak for themselves too, as he has established himself at the pinnacle of the 155 lbs division, winning the interim championship too.

But ‘The Diamond’ revealed that it was none other than his teammate and training partner in the American Top Team Jorge Masvidal that influenced him to move up to the 155 lbs division of the UFC.

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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)

Masvidal’s a guy who I’ve been working with for probably around eight years. As a pioneer, he’s been around for a long time. Way before mixed martial arts was cool Masvidal was doing it. And he’s one of the first guys to tell me to move up in weight when I was still at 145 pounds,” said Poirier.

He was telling me like you’re strong at 155. You won’t be undersized, and it just didn’t make sense to keep draining my body. Since then, I’ve been a top-five fighter,” he added.

I had so much success moving to lightweight because I’m enjoying it. You know I’m not draining my body down as much to hit the weight,” said ‘The Diamond’.

Dustin Poirier and Jorge Masvidal have been teammates for a long time

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Poirier and Masvidal have been members of the American Top Team for a considerable amount of time now. Masvidal has been helping Poirier prepare for his fight against Conor McGregor. ‘Gamebred’ ranks among the best boxers in the UFC and an Iron like him will only sharpen ‘The Diamond’.

Interestingly, ‘Gamebred’ even helped Poirier ahead of his last fight against Dan Hooker.

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)

What did you make of Poirier’s revelations? Was moving to lightweight a good decision on his part?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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