Dustin Poirier Warmly Welcomed Home After UFC 302 Loss

Dustin Poirier received a warm response in his hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana, following his defeat to Islam Makhachev at UFC 302.

The Diamond missed out on his first world title, losing to the UFC Lightweight Champion via a fifth-round submission. The loss was painful, given Poirier’s record in title fights. He suffered a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 in 2019, losing via a rear naked choke in round three, as he failed to get the lightweight belt. The same happened when Poirier faced Charles Oliveira for the lightweight belt at UFC 269 in 2021.

Once again, Poirier suffered a loss via a rear naked choke. Poirier had the chance to get redemption when he fought Justin Gaethje for the BMF Belt at UFC 291. However, The Highlight stopped Poirier in the second round. Before the Islam fight, Poirier suggested he could retire.

After his loss, he questioned whether he needed to continue fighting if no world title shot was on offer. Although Poirier did not announce his retirement, it is a decision he must consider. Regardless of his choice, he is clearly a fan favorite. The following clip shows Poirier returning to his hometown. The UFC fighter is swarmed by fans, who came to greet him at the airport.

“Good to be back home. I haven’t slept seven consecutive days in my own bed since January. I’ve been on the road, traveling, fighting, training. It’s good to be back and I appreciate everybody from Lafayette, coming out here to greet me at the airport, and my family. The support is crazy and it means a lot to me, so thank you, Louisiana,” Poirier said

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