- UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier recently conducted a fan Q&A session.
- Has named his toughest ever opponent.
- Not Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor or Charles Oliviera.
Having fought some of mixed martial arts’ best throughout a professional spanning nearly 13-years, there is probably no one better qualified than UFC lightweight Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier when it comes to discussing skilled opponents.
Speaking during a recent fan Q&A session with ESPN’s Laura Sanko, Poirier weighed in on which fighter has been the toughest he’s ever faced.
Despite showcasing a career that includes bouts against the likes of retired legend Khabib Nurmagomedov, current champion Charles Oliviera and a trilogy of matchups against inaugural two-weight class champion Conor McGregor, fans may have been surprised to learn that Poirier doesn’t view any of those names as the toughest man he’s ever had to fight.
In fact, according to the man himself, natural featherweight and fan-favorite Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway was the fighter who posed him the most difficulties.
Having fought Holloway, who decided to move up a weight class, back in 2019, Poirier, who went on to win the bout by way of decision following five grueling rounds, has hailed the former featherweight champion and Hawian-born boxer.
I have fought alot of really good guys and beat alot of really good guys – probably Max Holloway.Dustin Poirier on Max Holloway
Just his grit, he matched the grit that I bring which I don’t think is easy to do.
His durability was amazing – he took some heavy shots. I knew he was hurt mutiple times and even time the bell rang he answered it and he came out ready to scrap.
I’m thankful for it because I learned alot in that fight.