Poirier is from Lafayette, Louisiana and is of French descent, specifically he is of Cajun heritage. Poirier wrestled at Northside High School (Lafayette, Louisiana). He relocated to South Florida with his wife Jolie for training purposes.
Mixed martial arts career
Poirier turned professional in 2009, quickly compiled a record of 7-0, competing mostly in regional promotions across his native Louisiana and the Southern United States. He defeated Daniel Watts on October 31, 2009 by knockout in the first round at Bang FC.
World Extreme Cagefighting
Ultimate Fighting Championship
After the UFC/WEC merger, newly crowned UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo was set to make his first defense against No. 1 contender Josh Grispi at UFC 125. Aldo then had to withdraw from the bout due to a back injury on November 23, 2010. Poirier agreed to step in and face Grispi at the event on January 1, 2011. Poirier won the fight by unanimous decision.
Poirier was expected to face Rani Yahya on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131. However, Yahya was forced from the bout with an injury and replaced by promotional newcomer, Jason Young. Poirier defeated Young via unanimous decision after three rounds.
Poirier was expected to face Erik Koch on February 4, 2012 at UFC 143. However, Koch pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Ricardo Lamas. Then, just two weeks later, Lamas had to withdraw from the fight with an injury, leaving Poirier again without an opponent. A week later, Max Holloway agreed to step in to fight Poirier. Poirier defeated Holloway in the first round, with a triangle-armbar from the mount position.
Poirier faced Chan Sung Jung on May 15, 2012 in the main event at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier. This was the first time Poirier has been put on the main event. Jung defeated Poirier via submission (D’arce Choke) in the fourth round. The performance earned both participants Fight of the Night honors. The bout was honored as Fight of the Year by several publications at the conclusion of 2012.
Poirier quickly returned to action, taking his second fight within 63 days as he stepped in as a replacement for an injured Dennis Siver. He faced Cub Swanson in the co-main event on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald. During the fight, both fighters landed punches which appeared to hurt the other. Poirier scored leg kicks and double leg takedowns. Swanson retaliated with head kicks and submission attempts. Poirier lost the fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).
Poirier faced Erik Koch on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164. Poirier hurt Koch with punches throughout the fight, knocking him down with a punch near the end of round 1 and nearly finishing the fight, he ended up winning the bout via unanimous decision. After the win, Poirier wanted a rematch with Cub Swanson. He told reporter Ariel Helwani that Swanson must “be a man”.
Poirier faced Conor McGregor on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178. He lost the fight by TKO in the first round. This was the first time Poirier was stopped by strikes. After the match, Poirier said “I always saw it as a plus but the Conor McGregor fight was the turning point. I remember I was backstage getting ready to walk out and I saw him and he threw this smile and pointed at me. I don’t know why but it really got to me, man. It really messed with my head.”
After the loss, Poirier moved to fight in the Lightweight division. Poirier said that it was because weight cuts are distracting him from training. He also claimed that he would never go back to featherweight nor move up to welterweight. “This is the division (lightweight) I’m going to win the belt at,” said Poirier in an interview.
Poirier faced Carlos Diego Ferreira in a lightweight bout on April 4, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 63. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. The win also earned Poirier his first Performance of the Night bonus award and a disclosed pay of $118,000, the highest disclosed pay received by Poirier so far.
Poirier faced Yancy Medeiros on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68. He won the fight via TKO in the first round, after dropping Medeiros twice with punches. The win also earned Poirier his second Performance of the Night bonus award.
Poirier was expected to face Joseph Duffy on October 24, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 76. However, Duffy pulled out of the fight on October 21, three days prior to the event, after sustaining a concussion during a sparring session. In turn, the pairing was rescheduled and took place on January 2, 2016 at UFC 195. Poirier won the fight by unanimous decision. After the bout, Poirier was hospitalized for a broken nose. He had a lay off for six weeks due to the injury.
Poirier next faced Bobby Green on June 4, 2016 at UFC 199. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. Poirier received a disclosed pay of $110,000, the second highest disclosed pay received by Poirier so far.
Poirier challenged Jim Miller on February 11, 2017 at UFC 208. Poirier punched Miller against the fence, which appeared to hurt Miller. In return, Miller repeatedly kicked Poirier’s legs. Later on, Miller swept Poirier onto the mat and failed a kimura attempt. Poirier won the back-and-forth fight via majority decision. The win also earned Poirier $50,000 and his third Fight of the Night bonus award. Due to injuries sustained during the fight, Poirier was suspended indefinitely.
After the suspension, Poirier fought Eddie Alvarez on May 13, 2017 at UFC 211. Poirier rocked Alvarez in the second round, but was subsequently dropped when Alvarez landed two illegal knees while Poirier was against the fence. With the Texas commission not operating under the new unified rules, referee Herb Dean declared the fight a No Contest as he did not believe Alvarez knew Poirier was a grounded opponent at the time.
Poirier faced Anthony Pettis on November 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 120. He won the fight after Pettis tapped out due to a possible broken rib in the third round, although it was announced as a TKO win. This fight also won him the Fight of the Night bonus award.
After the Pettis fight, Poirier signed a new contract with UFC albeit he had three fights remaining in his previous contract. Poirier faced Justin Gaethje on April 14, 2018 at UFC on Fox 29. He won the fight via TKO in the fourth round. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night bonus award.
Poirier faced Eddie Alvarez in a rematch on July 28, 2018 in the main event at UFC on Fox 30. He won the fight via TKO in the second round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
On August 3, 2018, it was announced that Poirier had agreed to fight Nate Diaz on November 3, 2018 in Madison Square Garden. The bout was expected to be the co-headliner of UFC 230. However, on October 10, 2018, it was announced that Poirier pulled out due to a hip injury and as a result the bout was cancelled.
Interim UFC Lightweight Championship
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