How Dustin Poirier Fight Completely Changed Justin Gaethje in His UFC Career

Justin Gaethje is one of the most violent men in the sports of MMA.

The fight fans can expect fireworks every time Justin Gaethje enters the UFC octagon.

Over the years, Gaethje has improved a lot as a fighter. Under the coaching of Trevor Whittman, Gaethje has become more methodical with his approach.

But, he was not the same fighter early in his UFC career. Gaethje always welcomed the brawl and got into wild exchanges with his opponents. But, he was getting the job done thanks to his durability.

However, that changed when he fought top UFC lightweights such as Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier.

Justin Gaethje took on Dustin Poirier back in 2018 in a 5 round main event. And this fight certainly changed the career graph of Gaethje.

Though Justin Gaethje hurt Poirier badly in the early rounds, Poirier used his experience and dragged Gaethje into the later rounds, where Poirier was able to secure a TKO win.

Justin Gaethje hurt Poirier badly with his leg kicks and brutal punches in the early rounds.

But, Poirier, who has a granite chin, survived the early onslaught. Gaethje's output and power decreased as the fight progressed and Poirier was able to capitalize on that.

Gaethje has looked like a world beater ever since his loss to Dustin Poirier. He is more patient with his approach and even in chaos he stays calm.

It was beautiful to watch how Gaethje dismantled Tony Ferguson after getting knocked down in the second round.

And all he had to do is work on his timing and precision as suggested by his coach Trevor Whittman in between the rounds.

Though Charles Oliveira is a formidable opponent for anyone in the division, this new version of Justin Gaethje is certainly a threat to the lightweight king.