Dustin Poirier: “Losing to McGregor Was Good for My Career”

Dustin Poirier has recently spoken out on his previous loss against the Irishman and the change it made to his career. Take a look! 

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Dustin Poirier: “Losing to McGregor Was Good for My Career”

Even you’re not a fan of him, there is no denying on McGregor’s contribution to the growth of MMA. The Notorious was one of the few top fighters that draw the attention of millions to the sport. Up until now, he remains one of the most visible fighters in the game. As a result, while others might hold grudges against him, some still show respect for the Notorious. One of them is his fellow lightweight, Dustin Poirier. 

After defeating Dan Hooker, Poirier sat down for an interview. He has shared his mindset and the development of his career. In detail, he mentioned that his loss to McGregor had changed his career for the better. Ever since their match, his records now stands at ten wins and only two losses. After being the center of attention when McGregor dissected him, he managed to regroup and move up a division. 

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Surprisingly, this was the perfect move. “It definitely started happening after the Conor McGregor loss. That was the start of it[…] A lot of times in my younger career, I felt like it was life or death. Every comment on Instagram and Twitter, every journalist who said something; I felt like everybody was against me. I felt like if I lost I would be written off, it’s the end of my career. I’m a bum if I lose this fight. And then you lose a few times and you’re like, ‘Oh sh*t, I can still put this back together. Oh man, I’m still providing for my family; I’m still loving what I do. It’s like you’ve been bent but not broken a lot of times. I feel like it made me stronger and it made me the man I am today, I’m happy. I’m genuinely happy.”

Be Grateful

On the other hand, John Kavanagh – McGregor’s longterm trainer – also mentioned a similar story before. He told that many UFC fighters said to him that the Irishman had changed their lives. “I’ve a had a few UFC fighters pull me aside fight week and say something along the lines of “I might not like your boy, but we should all be sending him 5%. He’s changed the game for all of us.” Be grateful, and you’ll receive more to be grateful for.”