Dustin Poirier Celebrated by Fans in Hometown After UFC 302

“Dustin Poirier receives hero’s welcome in Lafayette.”

Poirier’s Triumphant Return Home

UFC star Dustin Poirier received a hero’s welcome in his hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana, following his bout at UFC 302. Despite a tough loss to lightweight champion Islam Makhachev, Poirier was celebrated by hundreds of enthusiastic fans. The match, held in Newark, New Jersey, saw Makhachev secure a victory via submission in the fifth round after four grueling rounds of intense action.

A Future in Question

In the post-fight interview with UFC commentator Joe Rogan, Poirier expressed uncertainty about his future in MMA. He hinted at a possible retirement, citing concerns about his long-term health. “Family and my health,” Poirier told NBC News, emphasizing the importance of brain health after years of competing at the highest level  .


The Community’s Support

Upon his return to Lafayette, Poirier was met with overwhelming support from his community. Fans gathered to show their appreciation for his contributions to the sport and his representation of their hometown on the global stage. The love and support from his fans were a testament to his impact both inside and outside the Octagon.

UFC 302: Makhachev vs. Poirier – Results

Main Card:

  • Lightweight Title Bout: Islam Makhachev defeats Dustin Poirier via submission (d’arce choke) – Round 5, 2:42
  • Middleweight: Sean Strickland defeats Paulo Costa via split decision (46-49, 50-45, 49-46)
  • Middleweight: Kevin Holland defeats Michal Oleksiejczuk via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:34
  • Welterweight: Niko Price defeats Alex Morono via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Welterweight: Randy Brown defeats Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Preliminary Card:

  • Middleweight: Roman Kopylov defeats Cesar Almeida via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
  • Heavyweight: Jailton Almeida defeats Alexandr Romanov via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:27
  • Lightweight: Grant Dawson defeats Joe Solecki via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Welterweight: Jake Matthews defeats Phil Rowe via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Early Prelims:

  • Welterweight: Bassil Hafez defeats Mickey Gall via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Women’s Bantamweight: Ailin Perez defeats Joselyne Edwards via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Catchweight (130 lbs): Andre Lima defeats Nyamjargal Tumendemberel via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Poirier’s future in the UFC remains uncertain, but his legacy as one of the sport’s most beloved fighters is secure. For more details, visit MMAnytt.se

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