‘He Tore Through Everybody’- Dustin Poirier Reveals the Hardest Puncher He’s Ever Faced in his MMA Career

Published 10/02/2021, 9:15 AM EDT
Nevada , United States – 10 July 2021; Conor McGregor before his lightweigh fight with Dustin Poirier during the UFC 264 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (Photo By Thomas King/Sportsfile via Getty Images)


UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier spoke to Patrick Bet-David from Valuetainment and revealed the hardest puncher he’s ever faced. Poirier has 35 professional fights under his belt and he’s faced high-level competition exclusively since 2010. ‘The Diamond’ has competed at WEC and is a staple contender in the UFC, thus he’s had no shortage of facing heavy hitters in his career.

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The Louisiana native revealed that none other than ‘The Notorious’, Conor McGregor was the hardest puncher he’s ever faced. Poirier has fought McGregor on three different occasions and was cleanly knocked out in their first meeting. Moreover, despite winning their second fight via TKO, Dustin Poirier was hurt badly on the feet when he fought McGregor.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (L-R) Conor McGregor of Ireland punches Dustin Poirier 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 Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“Conor McGregor [packs the heaviest punch], no doubt about it. As the biggest puncher I’ve fought? Yeah, he’s a special individual for sure.”

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“Fought him in 2014, lost, and that was on his, you know when his trajectory just sky was the limit. He was on his way up and he tore through everybody, became a two-weight champion.”

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It’s no secret to anyone that McGregor is a knockout specialist at the lighter weight classes in the UFC. Right from his days at featherweight, he has starched several top fighters like Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes with relative ease.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 12: Conor McGregor of Ireland (top) punches Jose Aldo of Brazil in their UFC featherweight championship bout during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Additionally, he’s the only fight alongside Jared Cannonier to hold KO/TKO’s in three different weight classes in the modern era. His contest at welterweight against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone proved that he’s still a dangerous customer at a higher weight. In the lightweight and featherweight division in particular, McGregor has run amok and handed down beat down to some of the best names in the sport.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 27: Conor McGregor celebrates his TKO win over Dustin Poirier after their featherweight fight during the UFC 178 event inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Fans will be keen to see how Conor McGregor bounces back from the two straight losses he’s suffered. He’s been crippled with a devastating leg injury and it’s up in the air if he’ll compete any time soon. However, McGregor has pledged to make an emphatic return and scale the championship mountain once more in the talent stacked lightweight division.

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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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