‘I Need My Girls’ -Dustin Poirier Details How His Family Has Helped Him

Published 07/04/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Dustin Poirier addresses the media after the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Dustin Poirier will face the hardest test of his life when he battles Conor McGregor at UFC 264. This is the biggest fight of Poirier’s career, as a lot is on the line for both the fighters. The trilogy fight has even become larger than a title fight after the rematch at UFC 257 became the second most successful event in the promotion history. This fight with McGregor has the potential to end up as the most successful PPV event for the UFC.

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‘The Diamond’ fought his first professional fight in 2009. Now in his 22 years’ ongoing mixed martial arts journey, a lot has changed for Poirier. Now he is a family man and competes to provide for his wife and daughter. After becoming a father, his purpose of fighting has changed from when he first started.

In a UFC countdown interview, ‘The Diamond’ shared some inside stories about how his reasons for fighting have changed after becoming a father. Dustin Poirier said, “As you grow through life as a professional fighter, the reason you fight changes. My daughter- I want to have her a great life. I want her college to be paid for. I want her not to worry about things, I want to put her in the best position I can.”

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Poirier continued, “That’s why I fight. Not only my daughter but my wife is an anchor for sure for me. I don’t think I would be as successful as I am business-wise or fight-wise. If she wasn’t in my life at such a young age. And I just realize that how much they mean to me and how happy I am when they are around. I need my girls, man.”

Dustin Poirier and his family

Jolie Poirier, born on March 4, 1989, married to ‘The Diamond’ back in September 2009. The couple dated each other since they were teenager. Jolie Poirier has witnessed Dustin Poirier’s journey from his very first fight. Matter of fact, she was the one who drove ‘The Diamond’ to his first-ever MMA bout.

After seven years of happy marriage, the couple was blessed with a daughter, born on August 20, 2016. They named their little angle Parker Noelle Poirier. Poirier is one of many fighters who found inspiration from his young girl. ‘The Diamond’ works hard to secure his family’s future and doesn’t want his daughter to struggle as he did early in his life.

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People do great things to provide for their family, and ‘The Diamond’ has certainly done that.

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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