Dustin Poirier admitted he considered quitting MMA when he lost to Conor McGregor in 2014.
‘The Diamond’ was stopped in the first round at UFC 178 when the two first met by the arrogant Irishman after weeks of building up anger that culminated in an angry Poirier rushing over.
Poirier almost completely gave up the sport in 2014
The mind games of ‘The Notorious’ worked wonderfully as her enraged opponent burned so many negative emotions and was susceptible to a left hook behind the ear.
At the time, both men were contenders in the featherweight division, with defending champion Jose Aldo in their sights.
This pushed Poirier back tremendously, while also propelling McGregor to stardom, forcing the Louisiana native to rebuild and consolidate as a lightweight.
The 32-year-old avenged the loss to McGregor twice in 2021 and is now set to face 155-pound champion Charles Oliveira for the belt in December.
Poirier arrested McGregor twice in 2021
The Diamond will fight for the UFC lightweight title in December and are an exceptional human being outside the Octagon
Still, everything could have been so different if Poirier had decided to quit the sport altogether when he was arrested by McGregor seven years ago.
Poirier told The Vault: “When I got home I was like looking at myself in the mirror and saying, ‘What am I doing here?’
“‘What is happening?’ I put everything I had in there and went there and lost.
“I was ranked in the top two in the world and I went over there and got beaten by a guy who laughed at him and said all these things,” he added.
“I was on a good streak. It was me or him who was going to fight for the belt.
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