Dustin Poirier has defeated the best in the sport, but one victory stands out above the others.
Poirier (28-6 MMA, 20-5 UFC) has won twice over former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, former UFC interim champion Justin Gaethje, and former UFC dual champion Conor McGregor.
While all three are top-tier competitors with important victories, Poirier believes Max Holloway (22-6 MMA, 18-6 UFC) is the most skilled opponent he’s faced.
“I fought a lot of really good guys and beat a lot of really good guys – probably Max Holloway,” Poirier said in an ESPN+ Q&A session hosted by UFC correspondent Laura Sanko.
Poirier won the interim lightweight championship at UFC 236 after outlasting Holloway in an all-out brawl, putting an end to Holloway’s dual-champ ambitions. Poirier was able to put away Alvarez, Gaethje, and McGregor, but when it came to Holloway, he stood toe-to-toe with a fighter who had never been dropped and simply wouldn’t give up.
“Just his grit,” Poirier said. He matched the grit that I bring, which I don’t think is easy to do and his durability was amazing. He took some heavy shots. I knew he was hurt multiple times and he every time the bell rang he answered it and he came out ready to scrap, and I’m thankful for it because I learnt a lot in that fight.”
Source: USA Today