This Saturday, January 23, Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier is walking back to the Octagon to face Conor “The Notorious” McGregor in a high-stakes rematch on UFC Fight Island. This will be the first encounter between these two former champions since McGregor bested Poirier at UFC 178 in 2014, and as a pay-per-view event, exclusively via ESPN+. That means that now’s the time to sign up for ESPN+ and grab a one-year subscription along with the UFC 257 PPV bundle and save over 30%, and if you want to learn more about Dustin Poirier ahead of the big showdown this weekend, here’s everything you need to know before you watch UFC 257.
Dustin Poirier was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, and is of French and Cajun descent. The American fighter, now 32, dropped out of high school and was frequently involved in street fights before embarking on a martial arts career in 2009. Throughout 2009 and 2010, he garnered a record of seven wins and zero losses and signed on with World Extreme Cagefighting. He had only two fights with this promotion, losing his first and winning the second, before signing on with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2011.
The Diamond’s featherweight debut at UFC 125 in January 2011 was a success for the Cajun kickboxer, who has since gone on to establish one of the longest and most successful careers in the league. Poirier has won 18 of his 24 fights with the UFC and boasts an overall professional record of 26 wins (12 by knockout), six losses, and one no-contest. At UFC 236 in April 2019, he defeated Max Holloway to claim the interim UFC Lightweight Championship, but lost the title unification bout to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 that September. Poirier is one of the top-ranked fighters in the UFC, sitting at number two on the UFC lightweight roster behind Justin Gaethje and the now-retired champion Nurmagomedov.
At UFC 257 on Saturday, Poirier will step back into the Octagon in a highly anticipated rematch against Conor McGregor (22-4). The two top-ranked fighters faced each other once before at UFC 178 more than six years ago. There, McGregor stopped Poirier in the first round via knockout. Poirier nonetheless managed to land more significant strikes than his opponent before going down, and is hungry for both revenge as well as for a shot at the lightweight title — something that UFC CEO Dana White has said is probably going to be granted to whoever claims the victory at UFC 257.
If you want to see for yourself who will emerge victorious this weekend, however, then you’ll need to sign up for ESPN+ to watch all the action online. A one-year subscription to ESPN+ plus the UFC 257 PPV package would normally cost you $130 if you purchased them separately, but new subscribers can grab this bundle deal for $90 instead and save over 30%.