Poirier turned professional in 2009, quickly compiled a record of 7-0, competing mostly in regional promotions across his native Louisiana and the Southern United States. He defeated Daniel Watts on October 31, 2009 by knockout in the first round at Bang FC.In October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC
Poirier faced Pablo Garza on November 12, 2011 at UFC on Fox 1. Poirier defeated Garza via second round D’arce choke.Poirier faced Chan Sung Jung on May 15, 2012 in the main event at UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier. This was the first time Poirier has been put on the main event. Jung defeated Poirier via submission (D’arce Choke) in the fourth round. The performance earned both participants Fight of the Night honors. The bout was honored as Fight of the Year by several publications at the conclusion of 2012.
Poirier faced Erik Koch on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164. Poirier hurt Koch with punches throughout the fight, knocking him down with a punch near the end of round 1 and nearly finishing the fight, he ended up winning the bout via unanimous decision.Poirier faced Conor McGregor on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178. He lost the fight by TKO in the first round. This resulted in him being stopped by strikes for the first time in his career.
Poirier faced Yancy Medeiros on June 6, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 68. He won the fight via TKO in the first round, after dropping Medeiros twice with punches. The win also earned Poirier his second Performance of the Night bonus award.Poirier next faced Bobby Green on June 4, 2016 at UFC 199. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.Poirier received a disclosed pay of $110,000, the second highest disclosed pay received by Poirier so far.
Poirier challenged Jim Miller on February 11, 2017 at UFC 208. Poirier punched Miller against the fence, which appeared to hurt Miller. In return, Miller repeatedly kicked Poirier’s legs. Later on, Miller swept Poirier onto the mat and failed a kimura attempt. Poirier won the back-and-forth fight via majority decision.The win also earned Poirier $50,000 and his third Fight of the Night bonus award.Due to injuries sustained during the fight, Poirier was suspended indefinitely.
After the suspension, Poirier fought Eddie Alvarez on May 13, 2017 at UFC 211. Poirier rocked Alvarez in the second round, but was subsequently dropped when Alvarez landed two illegal knees while Poirier was against the fence. With the Texas commission not operating under the new unified rules, referee Herb Dean declared the fight a No Contest as he did not believe Alvarez knew Poirier was a grounded opponent at the time.
Poirier faced Anthony Pettis on November 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 120. He won the fight after Pettis tapped out due to a possible broken rib in the third round, although it was announced as a TKO win.This fight also won him the Fight of the Night bonus award.After the Pettis fight, Poirier signed a new contract with UFC albeit he had three fights remaining in his previous contract. Poirier faced Justin Gaethje on April 14, 2018 at UFC on Fox 29. He won the fight via TKO in the fourth round. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night bonus award.
Poirier faced Eddie Alvarez in a rematch on July 28, 2018 in the main event at UFC on Fox 30. He won the fight via TKO in the second round.This win earned him the Performance of the Nightaward.On August 3, 2018, it was announced that Poirier had agreed to fight Nate Diaz on November 3, 2018 in Madison Square Garden. The bout is expected to be the co-headliner of UFC 230.
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