Issue 206

June 2024

In an incredible title fight that left the Octagon stained with blood and grit, Dustin Poirier endured a series of brutal injuries against Islam Makhachev at UFC 302. Poirier emerged with a broken nose, broken rib, and a partially torn ACL, raising questions about his fighting future.

The former interim UFC lightweight champion showcased relentless toughness from the outset, fending off takedowns and surviving multiple submission attempts. The pivotal moment came in the third round with a gruesome head clash that shattered his nose, followed by a punishing knee from Makhachev. Despite these setbacks, Poirier fought on, embodying the warrior spirit that's clearly in this picture.

The fifth-round D'arce choke ended Poirier's bid for the title, marking his third failed attempt at undisputed UFC gold. 

Post-fight, an emotional Poirier pondered retirement, saying, "If I do fight again, what am I fighting for? Just to fight? I've done that 50 times."

This battle's brutal nature and Poirier's indomitable will remain etched in the memories of MMA fans. UFC 302 was a gritty reminder of the highs and lows of the fight game, with Poirier's legacy as one of its most formidable competitors firmly intact. Will we see this incredible fighter again? "I was going to put the belt down with the gloves," Poirier said during an interview on "The MMA Hour" with Ariel Helwani. "But this is my story, and it happened the way it was supposed to happen for my journey. It's been written already."

Whether we see him fight again or not, there was plenty of glory owed to Poirier after that spectacular performance, ensuring that legacy will forever be part of MMA history, and we love him for it.

Date: June 01, 2024

Location: UFC 302, Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey