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UFC Dustin Poirier interview at American Top Team

Dustin The Diamond Poirier punches Bobby Green in their lightweight bout during UFC 199 at The Forum on June 4, 2016 in Inglewood, Calif. Poirier (20-5) faces Jim Miller (29-8) at UFC 208 on Saturday, Feb. 11 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Dustin The Diamond Poirier punches Bobby Green in their lightweight bout during UFC 199 at The Forum on June 4, 2016 in Inglewood, Calif. Poirier (20-5) faces Jim Miller (29-8) at UFC 208 on Saturday, Feb. 11 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Dustin Poirier, 28, of American Top Team in Coconut Creek will face New Jersey native and veteran fighter Jim Miller at UFC 208 on pay-per-view Saturday, Feb. 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Poirier (20-5) has won four of his last five bouts since moving up (in weight) to 155 pounds (lightweight). Despite suffering a first-round loss to Michael Johnson in his last bout, Poirier, ranked No. 10, is viewed as one of the tougher fighters in the division. Nicknamed The Diamond, he has regularly commented on how going up in weight has allowed him to enjoy his fight preparation more than ever.

The 33-year-old Miller (29-8) is on a hot streak, winning his past three fights. So a victory for Poirier will secure his position among the top 10 UFC lightweights in the world and ideally position himself for a bout against an even higher ranked opponent.

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ABOUT DUSTIN POIRIER

NICKNAME: Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier

WEIGHT CLASS: Lightweight

UFC: No.10 lightweight contender

AGE: 28 (1/19/89)

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-9, 155

REACH: 72”

LEG REACH: 40”

STANCE: Southpaw

BIRTHPLACE: Lafayette, La.

FIGHTING OUT OF: American Top Team (South Florida) Coconut Creek by way of Lafayette, La.

LANGUAGES: English

STYLE: Thug-Jitsu

TRAINER: American Top Team

STRENGTHS: Fighting (verbally, physically and mentally)

TRAINING: All day, every day – hard work and dedication.

PROFESSIONAL MMA RECORD: 20-5

FUN FACT: Poirier attended the same high school as UFC light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier.

UFC HISTORY:

UFC Fight Night (9/17/16) Poirier was knocked out by Michael Johnson at 1:35 of the first round

UFC 199 (6/4/16) Poirier knocked out Bobby Green at 2:52 of the first round

UFC 195 (1/2/16) Poirier won a three round unanimous decision over Joe Duffy

UFC Fight Night (6/6/15) Poirier knocked out Yancy Medeiros at 2:38 of the first round in the Performance of the Night

UFC Fight Night (4/4/15) Poirier knocked out Diego Ferreira at 3:45 of the first round in the Performance of the Night

UFC 178 (9/27/14) Poirier was stopped by Conor McGregor via strikes at 1:46 of the first round

TUF Nations Finale (4/16/14) Poirier stopped Akira Corassani via strikes at :42 of the second round in the Fight of the Night

UFC 168 (12/28/13) Poirier knocked out Diego Brandao at 4:54 of the first round

UFC 164 (8/31/13) Poirier won a three round unanimous decision over Erik Koch

UFC on FUEL TV (2/16/13) Poirier lost a three round unanimous decision to Cub Swanson

TUF 16 Finale (12/15/12) Poirier submitted Jonathan Brookins via D’Arce choke at 4:15 of the first round

UFC on FUEL TV (5/15/12) Poirier was submitted by Chan Sung Jung via D’Arce choke at 1:07 of the fourth round in the Fight of the Night

UFC 143 (2/4/12) Poirier submitted Max Holloway via triangle armbar at 3:23 of the first round with the Submission of the Night

UFC on FOX (11/12/11) Poirier submitted Pablo Garza via D’Arce choke at 1:32 of the second round

UFC 131 (6/11/11) Poirier won a three round unanimous decision over Jason Young

UFC 125 (1/1/11) Poirier won a three round unanimous decision over Josh Grispi

OTHER

Had 1-1 record in WEC – last bout there was a 53 second TKO of Zack Micklewright in November of 2010

Ten wins by KO, six by submission (two Brabo, triangle armbar, three armbar)

Has finished all but four of his wins (Duffy, Koch, Grispi, Young)

Brown Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu

Twelve first-round finishes

Origin of nickname: “Crazy Tim Credeur gave it to me when I made it to the WEC.”

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