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

Poirier vs. Saint-Denis: A Clash of Titans

A narrative of experience against youth

The MMA world is abuzz with anticipation for the UFC 299 co-main event, where Dustin Poirier will square off against Benoit Saint-Denis. This matchup has sent waves through the community, not just because of the fighters’ reputations but also due to the peculiar choice of making it a five-round battle. On March 9th in Miami, fans will witness an encounter that promises to be more than just a fight; it’s a narrative of experience against youth, a testament to the sport’s ever-evolving landscape.

Poirier, a seasoned warrior of the octagon, brings a record that speaks volumes: 29-8 in MMA, 22-8 in UFC. His decision to face the rising star Saint-Denis, who boasts an impressive 13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC record, has intrigued many. This fight is not about titles or main event status; it’s about proving oneself against the odds.


Saint-Denis, the formidable challenger, has quickly made a name for himself. His journey from an underdog to a contender exemplifies the hunger and determination that define MMA’s spirit. Poirier, meanwhile, sees this as an opportunity to validate his legacy further and show the world he’s far from done.

As the fight night approaches, the MMA community is split. Will Poirier’s experience prevail, or will Saint-Denis’ youth and vigor usher in a new era? March 9th will answer all questions, but one thing is for sure: it will be a night to remember.


  • “No way that’s happening,” Poirier reflecting on Saint-Denis’ rise.
  • “I needed something to get me up in the morning,” Poirier on accepting the fight.
  • “Let’s see if I still can,” Poirier’s challenge to himself.

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