Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier Proves That Diamonds are Forever at UFC 236.
UFC 236 was an emotional roller coaster that featured two phenomenal interim title fights for the ages. But, it was the main event between “Blessed” Max Holloway, the current UFC featherweight champion, and Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier that had a profound effect on me. Holloway has been hailed as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world who has consistently proven his willingness to fight anyone, even opponents in different weight classes. Poirier has been on a mission to prove his greatness too, in fact, the Louisiana native has had to grind through 22 UFC bouts in order to secure his first title fight.
The two fighters are no strangers to each other as they squared off at UFC 143 in 2012. Both cage fighters strutted to the octagon looking green yet confident during their first encounter. It was Poirier who ultimately prevailed as he submitted Holloway by armbar in the second round. Seven years later, with the stakes higher than ever, the two men squared off again. With more experience under their belts, the rematch was not the same one-sided affair that their first fight was. For five rounds the pugilists exchanged blow after blow battering each other to a bloody pulp. Eventually, Poirier’s crisp striking led him to claim the Interim Lightweight Championship by unanimous decision.
Poirier’s humble upbringing in Louisiana is an inspiration for those who need to continue to hustle in pursuit of their dreams. Before stepping in the octagon at UFC 236, Poirier claimed he had “twenty-five minutes to make life fair.” The twenty-five minutes in the octagon represent all of the setbacks, struggles, blood, sweat, and tears, that Poirier’s journey has involved. In order to be recognized as the undisputed lightweight champion, Poirier must defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov in the Fall and unify the titles. Until that day comes, “The Diamond” is sitting atop the mountain.