Dustin Poirier has been with UFC for a long time. Starting out as a featherweight ion the UFC, he actually became a star after moving up to lightweight. In the recently released countdown video for UFC 257, the no. 2 ranked contender talked about a lot of things. During the interview, he credited Gamebred as one of the people to suggest him to move up a weight class. Since doing that, he’s quickly risen up in ranks and has been a top 5 fighter ever since then. The Diamond has also praised his teammate’s longevity in this brutal sport way before it went mainstream. It is worth noting that Poirier and Masvidal have been training together at American Top Team for nearly 8 years.
Here’s what Poirier’s got to say about his UFC welterweight teammate:
“Masvidal is a guy who I’ve been working with for probably around 8 years. He is a pioneer, he has been around for a long time. Way before mixed martial arts was cool, Masvidal was doing it. He was one of the first guys to tell me to move up in weight when I was still at 145 lbs. He was telling me you were strong at 155lbs. You won’t be undersized. And it did not make sense to keep draining my body. And since then I’ve been a top 5 fighter.”
Dustin Poirier Is Ready To Avenge His 7 Year Old Defeat
Poirier is going to face Conor McGregor at UFC 257’s main event. The Diamond of Lafayette last fought McGregor at Featherweight division which he lost by a 1st round TKO. After 7 years, he’s got the opportunity to make it even but at one weight class higher than before. On Sunday, the whole world will witness the technical finesse of these 2 men.
On the other hand, Gamebred Masvidal was last seen in action at UFC 244 going toe to toe against the welterweight king Kamaru Usman. He lost that bout via unanimous decision. With an MMA record of unique achievements like fastest UFC knockout and the BMF of the UFC, he’s still one of the best welterweights in the UFC.
Jorge Masvidal Possesses An Impressive Level Of Understanding Of the Game
Masvidal has in depth knowledge of the game as can be observed when he suggested Poirier to move up a weight class because he knew Dustin was a very explosive fighter at 155lbs. And now, it is to be seen if Poirier manages to emerge as the victor by virtue of his explosiveness.