Fighters often cut tremendous amounts of weight in preparation for fights, but surging UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier sees weight cutting as a hindrance rather than an advantage.
Poirier, 29, used to compete in the featherweight division but moved up to 155 lbs. in 2015 and hasn’t looked backed. ‘The Diamond’ has improved leaps and bounds since his featherweight days, going 8-1 (1 NC) and solidifying himself as a top-three lightweight contender.
Poirier feels his added success at lightweight is partially due to him no longer starving himself to make weight. In fact, the Louisianian would recommend all fighters to at least consider moving up a weight class. It also worked wonders for former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Anthony Johnson, who once competed at 170 pounds.
“Yeah, I’d recommend that to pretty much everybody,” Dustin Poirier told Nick Dwyer of Everlast.com in a recent interview. “You’re just happier with training camp, you know? You can enjoy it more, you enjoy fight week more, it’s better for your body, your mind. It’s just better for everything. There’s a point when you do this long enough where you’re going to hate the process of starving yourself and being low on calories and nutrients all through camp and then having to sacrifice two or three months of hardcore dieting and then show up and still have 20 pounds to go, it just makes it not fun.
“You should enjoy your job, you should enjoy the process of preparing for fights and being at your best and I just think that’s the way the sport should be moving,” he added. “Diego Sanchez just did it this weekend and I hope things continue to go that way. I know I feel a lot better.”
With three big wins over former champions Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, and Eddie Alvarez, Poirier is knocking on the door for a title shot and could go on to face the winner of the highly anticipated lightweight championship tilt between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor at UFC 229. The PPV extravaganza takes place next month, Oct. 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.