WATCH: UFC Fighter Dustin Poirier Competes Against Strongman Brian Shaw in a Strength and Conditioning Circuit

Published 04/13/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 06: Dustin Poirier poses on the scale during the UFC 242 weigh-in at The Arena on September 6, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The fact that UFC fighters are incredibly gifted athletes is well known. Most of them spend their entire lives working on their bodies and talent. Take a look at Dustin Poirier, one of the greatest lightweights in the division and a contender for the belt.

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He started out as a featherweight in the UFC and gradually built his body up to compete at 155. Recently, he got the biggest win of his career when he beat Conor McGregor in January via knockout. They were supposed to fight again on July 10th but that might be in disarray now.

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Meanwhile, Poirier is showcasing his strength on YouTube. He appeared in a video alongside strongman Brian Shaw, who is the 4-time winner of the world’s strongest man competition. They took part in several challenges throughout the video and competed to see who’s the best.

In a series of tests that involved picking up a medicine ball above their shoulders, Poirier lost 2-1. It was still a decent showing from the man representing MMA as he was competing against quite literally the world’s strongest man.

Maybe this will transition over to his MMA career and he’ll become even bigger. He looked absolutely huge in his last fight against Conor. Their trilogy fight will be paramount in determining which fighter gets the upper hand in the end.

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However, it might never happen as there was some controversy regarding McGregor’s promised 500k donation to Dustin’s charity. The Irishman went on Twitter to tweet out that their fight on July 10th was now canceled.

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

Poirier responded with a ‘OK’ and a video of him knocking Conor out. It all seems very unfortunate as the fans would have loved to see such an amazing fight. However, it’s worse for the children that Poirier’s charity supports as they might not get the help that they need.

Do you think the trilogy fight will happen now?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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