Dustin Poirier Hit Several UFC Milestones After Beating Conor McGregor for the 1st Time

Dustin Poirier has done the impossible by knocking out Conor McGregor, but that’s just the latest milestone in his MMA career. In fact, Poirier’s fought in the UFC for over 10 years, and he’s made history elsewhere, too. Let’s look at what the UFC fighter has achieved after he KO’d McGregor.

Dustin Poirier’s UFC career

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While Poirier currently competes in the 155-pound lightweight division, his early UFC years were in the 145-pound featherweight division. There, he proved to be a threat, as he choked out a young Max Holloway in 2012. However, he also proved he wasn’t champ material just yet; he lost to top fighters like the Korean Zombie and Cub Swanson.

After losing to McGregor in 2014, Poirier moved up to lightweight. Once again, he put on a good show. The now-32-year-old got some great knockouts, but Michael Johnson knocked him out in 2016. Taking this loss as a growth opportunity, Poirier rebuilt himself and scored a few great wins in a row. These included beating fighters like Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, and Eddie Alvarez. 

He then won the interim lightweight belt by defeating Holloway, who had since become the featherweight champ. However, he faced Khabib Nurmagomedov afterwards, and Nurmagomedov choked him out in the third round. After rebounding by beating Dan Hooker, Poirier had a rematch against McGregor, and he obviously managed to even the score with his old rival. 

Dustin Poirier hit at least two milestones with this win

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With his win against McGregor, Poirier has since become the 10th UFC fighter to ever score at least 19 wins in the UFC, according to MMA fans on Reddit. Poirier is in good company, as a few of the other fighters who’ve hit this milestone include the likes of Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre, and Rafael dos Anjos.

The other milestone that Poirier hit was that he’s managed to give four fighters their first KO loss in their MMA careers. Those fighters were, in the order of Poirier knocking them out: Carlos Diego Ferreira, Yancy Medeiros, Bobby Green, and of course, McGregor. 

To be clear though, technically speaking, McGregor did get knocked out by Floyd Mayweather during their boxing match. However, this milestone only applies to MMA fights, so that knockout doesn’t count. Regardless, it’s still impressive that Poirier has won so many fights in the UFC, and it’s also impressive that he’s become the first fighter to knock out so many other fighters.

What will Dustin Poirier’s future hold

Dustin Poirier reacts after his knockout victory over Conor McGregor
UFC fighter Dustin Poirier | Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

As Poirier proved in his last few fights, he is definitely a striker who loves to punch and kick, but he’s also not too shabby on the ground. That being said, he’s not exactly a great wrestler, so he probably won’t be the next Nurmagomedov.  In any case, his striking and his submissions have proven to be a deadly combination thus far, so he will probably continue knocking and choking his foes out. 

His next foe however, will more than likely be a trilogy fight with McGregor. There are so many reasons for it, and many of those reasons look like dollar bills. By defeating McGregor, Poirier has become an overnight star, and he stands to make a lot of money with a rematch. On top of that, after the fight, Poirier acknowledged that the two were 1-1 against each other, so a trilogy fight to settle things once and for all makes sense.

It’s not clear how that trilogy fight will go, however. MMA fans can never truly count McGregor out, but Poirier did just knock him out. Their third fight really could go either way.