Featherweight prospect Dustin Poirier has an upcoming fight with fellow 145-pound youngster, Erik Koch, which promises fireworks and entertainment.
While Poirier’s losses to Chan Sung Jung and Cub Swanson were devastating, he always bounces back with confident wins and improvement. Poirier is the template of the modern mixed martial artist with his kickboxing and boxing being very crisp, and as his wrestling and jiu jitsu game being incredibly dangerous. What makes Dustin difficult to fight is his tendency to wrap you up in a nasty D’Arce choke if you dive in without thinking.
If you have not seen his documentary ‘Fightville’, I suggest you immediately watch it. The film is full of interesting characters in the MMA world, and it introduces you to Poirier in a very involving way. You can see how determined the young fighter is, and how his warrior spirit gives him the ‘never die’ attitude in the cage.
You are also presented to the relationship of Poirier and his trainer Tim Credeur, who helps Dustin on his way to the UFC.
With Poirier’s humble attitude and mean fighting style, the UFC has a very marketable product, giving him a fast track to the title shot. Assuming he wins in convincing fashion against Erik Koch, Poirier will be matched up with another top-10 opponent, possibly Nik Lentz or the winner of Chad Mendes vs. Clay Guida.
With this win, it would not be crazy to think Poirier will be challenging for a title, and I refuse to count him out against any fighter, even Jose Aldo.
Poirier is an absolute killer in the featherweight division, and if you make one mistake when fighting him, he will tap you out within seconds. The young man is definitely a fighter to keep your eye on.
Marcus Pordoy is an MMA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MMAnalysisRoom, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.