Nov 12, 2022; New York, NY, USA; Dustin Poirier (red gloves) and Michael Chandler (blue gloves) during UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jessica Alcheh-USA TODAY Sports

Poirier Dreams of Boxing Before MMA Retirement

UFC star Dustin Poirier aspires to venture into boxing before retiring

Dustin Poirier, a UFC legend, aspires to step into the boxing ring before concluding his illustrious fighting career.

Dustin Poirier, renowned for his exceptional career in the UFC, has expressed a desire to try boxing. Since joining the UFC in 2011, Poirier has accumulated a remarkable record over 29 fights, including an interim title and multiple Fight of the Year awards. This ambition reflects a growing trend among MMA fighters, like Anderson Silva and Nate Diaz, transitioning to boxing.

Poirier’s journey began with boxing gloves, which he reminisces about on The MMA Hour. His passion for combat sports was sparked by boxing before transitioning to MMA. Despite a brief background in wrestling and no knowledge of jiu-jitsu, Poirier found his true calling in MMA after being introduced to a broader range of martial arts in a boxing gym.

While he cherishes his decision to pursue MMA, which brought him immense success, Poirier still harbors aspirations to test his skills in boxing. He believes in his ability to excel in the boxing ring, acknowledging his foundational roots in the sport.

Poirier recently faced a setback, losing to Justin Gaethje by knockout at UFC 291. Nonetheless, he is focused on a comeback, aiming for UFC 300 next April.

While firmly rooted in MMA, Poirier’s unfulfilled boxing aspiration remains a tantalizing ‘what if’ in his decorated career.


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