‘My Daughter Was There for this One’- Dustin Poirier Fights Back Tears as He Looks Back at UFC 269

Published 12/16/2021, 7:26 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 10: Dustin Poirier reacts after his TKO victory over Conor McGregor of Ireland during the UFC 264 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier spoke out to Ariel Helwani on ‘The MMA Hour’ after his loss at UFC 269. Poirier started off strong against Charles Oliveira and even managed to drop him in the first round. However, the momentum quickly shifted in round two as Oliveira started showcasing his superiority on the ground.

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Poirier was eventually submitted in the third round after ‘Do Bronx’ secured a clutch back-take and hopped over Poirier. Within moments, Charles Oliveira secured the RNC and Dustin Poirier was forced to tap out. The defeat marks the second time in his career that Poirier is falling short of picking up the undisputed lightweight belt.

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Dustin Poirier fights back tears

‘The Diamond’ is known to wear his emotions on his sleeve and is always open when it comes to dealing with heartbreak. When talking to Helwani just days after the loss, Poirier held himself back from getting emotional when talking about his defeat. Chiefly, his daughter being in attendance at UFC 269 caused Poirier to regret his inability to pick up the win even more.

“The real thing that sucks for me man, I’m trying not to get emotional. My daughter was there for this one. I really wanted to win and dedicate this world championships to my daughter and to show her that…it hurts man.”

While the pain of losing is still raw at the moment, Dustin Poirier has shown that he always bounces back stronger. Even after his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242, Poirier showed the resolve to pick himself back up. In fact, he very well could have his next opponent lined up in Nate Diaz.

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Stockton’s second son spoke out via Twitter and shared an interest to fight Poirier. It would certainly be a fun scrap and Poirier will be favored to come out on top. Moreover, there isn’t much to lose for Nate Diaz either as he’s on the last fight of his contract.

Time will be the best indication to see how Dustin Poirier bounces back from his disheartening loss to Poirier.

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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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