Dustin Poirier Opens Up About Mental Health Struggles Post Gaethje Loss

Dustin Poirier admitted struggling with mental health issues following his loss to Justin Gaethje at UFC 291.

The news comes after Poirier’s second-round knockout of Benoit Saint-Denis at UFC 299. The Diamond landed an uppercut, a body shot, and a left hand to hurt his opponent. Poirier finished Saint-Denis off with a right hook in round two. It was an impressive performance, given Poirier’s state of mind after his previous defeat. 

He was knocked out by Gaethje in the second round, losing the chance to win the BMF Title. That was his second loss in his three previous UFC fights. But now that Poirier has bounced back, he looked back on the Gaethje loss. He drew parallels with former UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski’s struggles.

The Australian recalled struggling with mental health as he lost his rematch with Islam Makhachev at UFC 294, a fight he took on less than two weeks notice following Charles Oliveria’s withdrawal. Poirier admitted having an identity crisis as he doubted whether he would fight again. The fighter resorted to therapy, which he felt was crucial. 

“I started actually doing therapy after the [Gaethje] fight. A lot of people helped me. My friends, my business partners here in Louisiana, but my wife, really, dude, I’m just very thankful for her. It got to the point where, and if I was in her, if I was in her position, I don’t know if I could take the stuff she’s taken. I would like to think I can, but I’m just grateful to have somebody like that [to see the things I’ve gone through], and the things I’ve put her through going through it,” Poirier stated 

Poirier and his wife, Jolie, have set up The Good Fight Foundation. The non-profit organization raises money by selling memorabilia from Poirier’s career to help people in their hometown of Louisiana. Their support covers food, healthcare and environmental disaster relief. Now, Poirier hopes to become a world champion by targeting a fight with the UFC Lightweight Champion Islam Makhachev.

“I’ve been fighting for a long time. I think this was around my 50th MMA fight, and I’ve done a lot, checked a lot of boxes. But there’s still one box unchecked, and that’s being a world champion,” Poirer said

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Makhachev’s manager responded by offering a title shot, with both fighters agreeing on social media. 

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