Dustin Poirier Teases a Move to the UFC Welterweight Division

Published 08/27/2021, 5:04 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 22: In this handout image provided by the UFC, Dustin Poirier poses on the scale during the UFC 257 weigh-in at Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 22, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former interim UFC lightweight champion, Dusti  Poirier sat down for a Q and A with Laura Sanko recently. Poirier is currently the first in line to fight lightweight champion Charles Oliveira for the belt. ‘The Diamond’ has also previously competed at the 145 lbs division of the UFC for a considerable amount of time.

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He was asked by Sanko if he would ever move up and fight the likes of Kamaru Usman or whoever is the champion at the welterweight division. Poirier affirmed that he would in fact like to make his mark at a third weight class in the UFC.

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Of course, I would. Those are some big guys man. But, we’ll see. I think I can fight at 170, you know. Honestly now at 55, my metabolism kind of caught up. When I was cutting to 145, between fights I would get a lot heavier than I do now,” said Poirier.

I always think my body, my metabolism was getting messed up and holding on to a lot of weight. I would shoot up to 190 when I was fighting 45. Now, I don’t even get past 182,” he added. “I think I can fight at 170 as well,” Poirier concluded.

Who should Dustin Poirier fight at welterweight?

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Well, fighting the champion at 170lbs might just be too big of a jump even for ‘The Diamond’. However, a fight against Nate Diaz might be just too good a prospect for the fans to pass on. Poirier grinds with Jorge Masvidal on a regular basis. ‘Gamebred’ has the ability to take out any welterweight on his day. So, the preparation might not be something DP needs to worry about.

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

Poirier is one of the finest fighters in the entire UFC roster. Along with skills, he brings a lot of grit and heart to the Octagon which is hard for his opponents to match. So, despite giving up his size advantage at 170 lbs, ‘The Diamond‘ might just cause problems for the perennial contenders of the division.

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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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