Dustin Poirier Next Fight: ‘The Diamond’ Gets His Title Shot At UFC 302

Dustin Poirier Next fight

The Dustin Poirier next fight news was confirmed at UFC 300. Poirier will challenge Islam Makhachev at UFC 302 for the lightweight championship. The event will take place June 1 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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Who will Dustin Poirier next fight be against?

After taking care of Benoit Saint Denis, Poirier secured his spot at the next challenger to the lightweight title and reigning champion Makhachev. As a former interim titleholder, this will be another opportunity for Poirier to call himself the best 155-pound fighter in the world.

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How to watch Makhachev vs. Poirier in June

  • Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier will be the featured matchup at UFC 302 on June 1.
  • The fight will take place inside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
  • The card will air exclusively on ESPN+ pay-per-view for a price of $79.99.

Dustin Poirier vs. Benoit Saint-Denis recap

Coming in as the underdog despite his impressive track record, Poirier showcased all the exceptional skills that make him a fan favorite. After weathering the storm put on him by Saint Denis early, Poirier secured the impressive finish with his quick striking.

What happened: Maybe it was seeing all the doubters, or maybe Saint Denis felt too overconfident entering the fight. Either way, Poirier made sure he would be no gatekeeper for the lightweight division at UFC 299.

Islam Makhachev vs. Dustin Poirier betting odds: Makhachev (-600), Poirier (+425)

The fallout: It is an interesting time to be Dustin Poirier. As a former interim champion, he holds his name in high regard. Poirier has faced off with many of the top fighters, though, which also leaves him sort of looking for new challenges to prove his worth.

The roadmap: Unless something crazy happens, or injuries pop up, we are not likely to see Poirier fight for the title in the immediate future. He likely needs another big win to position himself in the role of No. 1 contender.

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The Diamond: With over a decade of fighting experience inside the Octagon, Poirier is held in high regard by MMA fans. He has shared the Octagon with the likes of Conor McGregor, Justin Gaethje, Michael Chandler and Oliveira in recent years.

  • Dustin Poirier Record: 30-8 (1 no-contest)
  • Dustin Poirier height: 5-foot-9
  • Dustin Poirier stats: Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, the 35-year-old Poirier has recorded 23 finishes among his 30 career wins, including 15 by knockout.
  • Poirier trains out of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida. He was a troubled youth who dropped out of high school.
  • Poirier was among those featured in the documentary Fightville, which was released in 2011. Tim Credeur and Albert Stainback were also featured along with Derrick Krantz and Ronny Lis.
  • After a 7-0 run on the regional scene, Poirier signed with World Extreme Cagefighting. He lost his debut to Danny Castillo and finished Zack Micklewright in his second bout.
  • In 2010, the WEC was merged into the UFC. Poirier made his Octagon debut against Josh Grispi on January 1 at UFC 125. He scored a decision.
  • Poirier replaced Jose Aldo for that bout, as Aldo, the featherweight champion at the time, was injured.
  • During his career, Poirier has earned nine “Fight of the Night” honors and 14 total, which ranks tied for sixth most in the UFC with Anderson Silva. His 22 Octagon wins are tied for fourth most.

Related: UFC 299: Dustin Poirier Knew Dangers Of Taking Benoit Saint Denis Fight

Dustin Poirier’s net worth

Money is often one of the greatest measuring sticks for a fighter’s success. As of 2024, Poirier’s net worth is estimated to be over $5 million.

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