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Why Is UFC’s Lightweight Fighter Dustin Poirier Called “The Diamond”?

Published 12/05/2021, 8:06 AM EST

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Dustin Poirier is one of the best fighters in the UFC right now. The former interim lightweight champion shocked the world with his recent performances in the past few years. Poirier has beaten many icons in the UFC. Some big names he’s defeated are Max Holloway, Justin Gaethje, and Conor McGregor. Poirier’s grit and sportsmanship have served as an inspiration to many MMA fans.

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Dustin Poirier: Record

Poirier made his professional debut back in 2009. He started off by competing in fighting promotions around Louisiana, where he is originally from. Prior to the WEC and UFC merger, Poirier made his first WEC debut back in 2010, at WEC50. There he fought against Danny Castillo and lost via a unanimous decision. 

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But if there’s one thing we know about Dustin Poirier is that he bounces back harder than he falls. He then went on to win eight out of the next ten fights he fought.

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As of November 2021, Poirier’s fight record stands at 28 wins and 6 losses. The UFC currently ranks him fifth in the men’s pound for pound rankings and he is the number one contender for the lightweight title. 

Why is Dustin Poirier dubbed as ‘The Diamond’?

Poirier isn’t dubbed as ‘The Diamond’ for nothing; he earned the moniker for himself. He got into a lot of fights as a youngster, which earned him his tough reputation. We know Dustin as ‘The Diamond’ because of his toughness and grit as a fighter.

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There is no doubt that Poirier is living up to his moniker. We’ve seen Poirier face some of the hardest opponents in the lightweight division and eat strikes that would normally knock other competitors out. Poirier is never afraid to close in on a fight and is undeniably as tough as they come.

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Dustin Poirier’s charity foundation

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We dub Poirier as ‘The Diamond’ inside the octagon, but there is no doubt that he is a gem on the outside as well. Dustin and his wife run a charity called ‘The Good Fight Foundation.’ For his outstanding charity work, the UFC awarded Poirier with the ‘ Forrest Griffin Community Award’.

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The organization generates funds for those in need, primarily through the auction of Poirier’s fight-worn gear, but also through donations. Many prominent names in the UFC have contributed to Poirier’s foundation. Some of these include UFC president Dana White and former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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