It looks like Dustin Poirier’s stoppage loss to Conor McGregor may have marked the last time he fights at featherweight, as the vet has announced he’s moving to 155.
Poirier was taken out by McGregor in the opening round at UFC 178 in September, but prior to that the American Top Team fighter, and #6 ranked featherweight, had won three in a row.
Well, Poirier announced his decision recently via social media, and in a follow up report from MMA Fighting.com, he relayed the following about the pending move.
“I’m big,” Poirier wrote via text message. “The cut made me hate the process of getting ready for a fight. I was focused on how to make weight instead of how to beat my opponent. It’s sucks to drop out of the rankings, but it has to be done. I’m 180 right now and in great shape.”
Of course, due to his accomplishments at 145, one would think it won’t take Poirier that long to crack the top 15, lightweight ranks, provided he scores a big win or two in the coming months. In addition, because of his abilities and record, chances are he’ll face a pretty established lightweight right out of the gate.
After all, the only men who have defeated Poirier in his last 10 fights are top featherweights in McGregor, Cub Swanson and Chan Sung Jung.
In an Instagram post, which you can watch by heading here, it shows Poirier coming in at 180 first thing in the AM. So clearly, he cuts a lot of weight to make 145. Sure, there’s likely other featherweights that do it, but if Poirier believes he can be a better fighter if he doesn’t have to embark on a crazy, weight cut, then it’s probably the right move.
The 25 year-old also added that he wants to take fights that the “fans want to see”. It will be interesting to see what the UFC offers, and when. Since it’s already been a few months since the loss to McGregor, chances are Poirier could be booked for something soon.